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Bromsgrove is a historic town in Worcestershire whose origins can be found in the Anglo-Saxon period, well-before the small town appeared in the Domesday Book in 1086. The town lies in the north of Worcestershire, to the south-west of Birmingham and is popular amongst commuters to the cities of Worcester and Birmingham as well as the nearby towns of Redditch and Kidderminster.

The town has variously been a centre for the manufacture of cloth, nails, and ironwork – the gates of Buckingham Palace, for instance, were built by Bromsgrove artisans. The town grew significantly with the coming of the Birmingham to Worcester railway in the 1840s, before further development was carried out in the 1950s and in the new millennium.

The town provides residents with excellent transport links. Bromsgrove station lies to the south-east of the town and offers connections operated by London Midland and Cross Country – Birmingham city centre can be reached in under half an hour and in the opposite direction Worcester too can be reached in around 30 minutes.

There are A roads leading directly out of Bromsgrove to Kidderminster, Redditch and Stourbridge, whilst the M42 runs eastwards just to the north of the town to Solihull and connections with the M40. The M5 also runs just to the west of Bromsgrove and takes drivers either south to Droitwich and Worcester or north to Halesowen, West Bromwich and Walsall.

Popular holiday destinations such as the Herefordshire countryside, the Cotswolds, the Forest of Dean, and the Brecon Beacons National park, just over the Welsh border, can be accessed easily from a base in Bromsgrove.

The town is well-stocked with educational institutions – there are primary, middle and high schools located in Bromsgrove, as well as a campus of the Heart of Worcestershire College and the co-educational independent Bromsgrove School, founded in 1553. There are several parks and recreation areas within the town – Sanders Park lies on the western side of the town and Finstall Park to the south, which is the home of Bromsgrove Rugby Club. There is also a large cricket, hockey, and tennis club, as well as diving and football clubs.

For the culturally-minded Bromsgrove is home to the Artrix centre, a combined theatre, cinema, live music and comedy venue and was the birthplace of the great Victorian poet Alfred Edward Housman. Each year there is also a season of classical and chamber music events held at the Artrix centre and performed by various leading string quartet groups and solo musicians.

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