Broom Throwing at Castle Bromwich

Coventry Standard Friday 14 May 1915   BROOM THROWING AT CASTLE BROMWICH Rupert Rushton, carter Bucklands End, Castle Bromwich, was summoned Ellen L. Barnes, also of Bucklands End, for common assault on April 30th. The defendant pleaded not guilty. Mr. H. Willison (Messrs. J. Baker and Co., Birmingham) appeared for the complainant. The complainant said the defendant lived next door to her....
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Kind Hearted Cubs Volunteer in Graveyard

A massive thank you to the Cubs who volunteered in the graveyard on Friday night. Not only did they donate their time, but they had also managed to persuade Aldi to donate some plants. Thanks to their efforts the graves at the front of the graveyard are looking a lot...
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Farm Raid at Castle Bromwich – 1943

Evening Despatch Wednesday 18 August 1943   FARM “RAID” AT CASTLE BROMWICH Boys crowd out Juvenile Court –  BIRMINGHAM’S Juvenile Court was found to be too small to accommodate the 34 boys, aged between nine and 16 years, who appeared there to-day for trespassing on farm lands at Castle Bromwich. Each boy was accompanied by a parent, some mothers carrying babies in arms. It was...
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The Evils of “Treating”

Birmingham Mail – Thursday 01 April 1915 THE EVILS OF TREATING. SOLDIER’S STORY OF TRAIN FATALITY CASTLE BROMWICH A tragic story of the evils of treating was told at Leicester yesterday, when a soldier was remanded on a charge drunkenness. The Chief Constable said defendant was discharged from hospital Birmingham on Saturday. He stated he was treated to drinks by friends and bought a...
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A Sad Case

Coventry Standard – Friday o8 December 1916   A SAD CASE. Alice Hackett (17), munitions worker, and formerly residing The Green, Castle Bromwich, was charged with stealing two lady’s blouses and nine pocket handkerchiefs, value 17s. from a clothes-line at Castle Bromwich. Elizabeth Jones, wife of William Jones. foreman bricklayer. Castle Bromwich, said Tuesday, November 7th. she was...
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MURDEROUS OUTRAGE ON A FARM LABOURER AT CASTLE BROMWICH

How many times have we heard, “This wouldn’t have happened in my day”? Whilst researching for our “Stories Behind the Headstones” project we came across plenty of evidence to suggest that anti-social behaviour goes back far further than any of us would imagine. Today, we’re sharing this story from 1872. Birmingham Daily Post – Thursday 05 September 1872...
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A Spoiler at Noonday – Reverend Malleson

Our research into the people buried in the graveyard has uncovered quite a few unusual stories. Reverend Malleson had the reputation of being a liberal minded man and often spent time holidaying with the gypsies. His friendship with them, inspired him to write a number of short stories, one of which can be read by clicking on the link below. CBYCP – Graveyard – Malleson – A...
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When a spoonful of poison helps the medicine go down

When Joanne Wenlock contacted us to volunteer to help with September’s heritage festival; little did she think that it would result in her starting her own living history company. Joanne spoke to Talk About North Solihull about her experiences and her unusual...
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Drop Dead Gorgeous

Research into the death of two young boys by poisoning, caused our volunteers to explore the use of Arsenic during the Victorian period. Their discoveries are featured in the January edition of Talk About North Solihull. The Stories Behind the Headstones project was funded by the Heritage Lottery...
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Castle Bromwich Audio Guide

Heritage Tour – Discover the Stories Behind the Headstones This audio guide was designed as a walking tour of Castle Bromwich, but it would work equally well as a documentary listened to from the comfort of your own home. It is designed to be played on an iPod, mobile phone or mp3 player so that you can listen to the guide as you walk. The tour begins at the car park of Castle Bromwich...
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Outstanding Award for Stories Behind the Headstones Project

For the second year running the RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood Initiative has judged the Castle Bromwich graveyard project to be outstanding. Speaking about the award, Assessor Robin Russell said, “This entry goes from strength to strength. This year the youngsters have not only been maintaining the Cemetery but they have also been involved in the Community Festival which has taken up a...
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Castle Bromwich Heritage Festival

As part of the Heritage Lottery funded “Stories Behind the Headstones” project, Castle Bromwich Heritage Festival took place on May 10th – 11th. Reenactors brought to life the stories uncovered by volunteers and visitors had the opportunity to view displays and preview the forthcoming audio...
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