Secret Redditch Paperback / softback
Part of the Secret series
The Worcestershire town of Redditch grew up in the Middle Ages but became famous for needle-manufacturing and by the 19th century it produced 90% of the world's needles.
Alongside the needle industry, the town was also known for manufacturing fishing tackle, hooks and springs, and in the 20th century other industries followed, including Royal Enfield.
Redditch was transformed in the 1960s when it was designated a New Town, much of it being rebuilt as an example of modern town planning and new housing developments doubling the population.
Although the traditional industries have largely disappeared, other new businesses and services have taken their place and Redditch is a thriving town serving Worcestershire and the West Midlands. In this book local author Anne Bradford reveals many little-known stories about Redditch from its mediaeval past to more recent times.
These include a hidden cemetery left by the monks and a mysterious stone coffin, the scandalous elopement of an heiress at Hanbury Hall, a tucked away memorial to a needleworker's death and another memorial stone to a notorious murder, the remains of the now closed Redditch to Evesham railway and much more.
The hidden world of old Redditch behind the new town is revealed including little-known stories about the development of the new town and how the shopping centre was built on the old town plan and rumoured to be haunted by its bygone inhabitants. Secret Redditch explores the less well-known episodes and characters in the history of the town through the centuries.
With tales of remarkable characters, unusual events and buildings lost or hidden, it will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of this Worcestershire town.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 96 pages, 100 Illustrations, unspecified
- Publisher: Amberley Publishing
- Publication Date: 15/11/2018
- Category: Local history
- ISBN: 9781445681474