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by Anne Bradford

Size A5, 178 pages, fully illustrated in black and white by drawings by Zora Payne and photographs by Anne Bradford.
If you find history boring, then this is the book for you. Here is the history of Worcestershire told in over 100 true ghost stories. Most stories are only a page or two in length so there is no time to get bored. Two policemen saw a bearded man in a long cloak walk through a wall in Kidderminster - was this Richard Baxter whose statue stands over the Kidderminster ring road. A long-haired phantom has been seen in the Barley Mow in Sidbury, Worcester. Was this a Royalist from the Battle of Worcester? Builders at the Fleece in Bretforton (once a medieval long house) have had their sandwiches mysteriously thrown about - was this Lola Taplin, the last licensee who would not allow food in there? The staff have heard light footsteps and girl's voices in Forge Mill museum in Redditch - were these from the young fly dressers who once tied the feathers on the fish hooks? The Evesham Journal described the book as 'a fun way to learn history'.

ISBN: 9780954981334

Harrogate - The Yorkshire Spa
Denbigh K, 2000, SRF Millennium Guides, 78 pages, 26 illustrations, 5 maps, Size: 15cm x 21cm

The story of Harrogate's remarkable legacy of springs and wells and the physicians and enterpeneurs who, over the centuries, turned a piece of rural Yorkshire into a famous spa town: also of the efforts now being made to reverse the post-war decline and create a new spa for the 21st century.

Normal Price £9.99 see 'buy today' price below.

ISBN: 0 953671 19 4

STOURPORT-ON-SEVERN, A history of the town and the area.
By Anne Bradford, edited by Mike Kettle,

273 pages, fully illustrated black and white, 16.5mm x 22.5mm.


If you think that Redditch is the only new town in Worcestershire, then you need to read this book on Stourport-on-Severn. The town was founded only about 250 years ago, built on a sandy waste by James Brindley for the Duke of Bridgewater. The Duke had the dream of connecting the four great rivers of England (Severn, Mersey, Trent and Thames) and he needed someone to create a junction for the Staffordshire and Worcestershire canal to meet the Severn. Brindley was a diabetic and died  before the town was completed.
Stourport has an amazing history with tales of floods, the great trows, steamers, boat people, etcetera. Here was a great power station serving several counties and there are hair-raising tales of battling to get the oil to the along the Severn through bombing raids and gales in WWII.  Until Beeching's axe, a train line ran along the edge of the town, bringing in thousands of holiday makers. It was the holiday town of the Midlands and still has a holiday feel about it.
Nearly every building in the town has a story behind it. The Church of England took 100 years to build then ten years after it was completed, the roof blew off. The Methodist church suddenly discovered that it didn't own the ground it stood upon and had to close for several years. The town hall fell down one afternoon.
When you have finished the history of the town itself, the area round about should not be missed, with the ancient hermitage and dishonest monks at Redstone caves, the writings of Layamon who rescued tales of King Arthur from oblivion and was priest at Areley Kings, and last, but not least, the ironmaster whose son became prime minister and who married into a family of artists to produce the wonderful pre-Raphaelite windows of Wilden Church.

ISBN: 9780951948163

Rediscovering 17th Century Springs and Spas in the footsteps of Celia Fiennes
Osborne B E. Weaver C F, 1996, Cora Weaver, Malvern, 288 pages, 41 illustrations, Size: 15 cm x 21cm

Following in the footsteps of a 17th century lady traveller, the text explores these early years of British Spas, who discovered them, promoted them and used them for what ailments. The text looks at what Celia Fiennes saw and experienced at the 23 early mineral water spas that she visited. Also recorded are the surviving artefacts enabling the reader to rediscover and appreciate these echos from the past. The perfect gift for someone wishing to explore this hidden aspect of the early science of healing.
Normal Price is 16 pounds 99 pence but see 'Buy Today' price below.

ISBN: 1 873809 22 0

by John Bradford

Size  23.5mm x21.5mm. 166 pages, full colour photographs on almost every page.

Another beautiful book by John Bradford. Begun in winter and ending the following autumn, the book records a journey on foot along the river Avon, from its confluence with the river Severn at Tewkesbury to its source at Naseby. The Avon is near to the three great abbeys of Tewkesbury, Pershore and Evesham, the two mighty castles of Warwick and Kenilworth, and three battlefields that influenced the course of English history - Tewkesbury, Evesham and Naseby. It flows through Stratford-upon-Avon, home of William Shakespeare, and touches the edges of both Leamington Spa and Rugby. The text covers the author's observations as well as historical information about the places visited. At the modest price, this is an impressive coffee table book and would make an excellent gift to anyone who is interested in the area.

ISBN: 9780954981316

The Healing Baths of Droitwich Spa
Weaver C F, 1999

SRF Millennium Guides, 150 pages, 62 illustrations, Size: 15cm x 21cm

A very readable account of the history of Droitwich's saline baths from 1836 until the present day. Discover what the baths were like, how they were used and who visited them.

ISBN: 0 953671 10 0

by John Bradford

Size  23.5mm x 21.5mm. 174 pages, full colour photographs on almost every page.

This book celebrates the beauty of the hills that lie either side of the lower river Severn between Bridgnorth and Gloucester and reveals some of their unique features, attractions and hidden secrets. The text tells something of the history and folklore of each one, mining and quarrying on Titterstone Clee hill, villages abandoned on Brown Clee Hill during mediaeval times, a battle that never was on the Abberley Hills, the village that was transformed almost overnight on the purity of its spring water into a popular spa town - Great Malvern, Winchcombe at the foot of Langley Hill, once a royal town in a lost county where Saxon kings had a mint and buried their dead in a mausoleum. Iron Age hillforts, tollhouses and milestones from the days of turnpike roads, a rebuilt railway line with steam trains, and a motor sport hill climb, all are to be found within the pages of this book.

ISBN: 9780954981389

being an early history of the town by William Avery

Size 19cms x 19cms, 47 pages, laminated cover. The book is illustrated by Norman Neasom BA, who was the head of the Redditch Art School.


'Old Redditch' was compiled between 1800 and 1850 by a local needlemaker. Although this book is based in Redditch, the stories reveal general life  at that time with a wry humour. For example,  we learn that although women were unable to vote, if they had a grievance (such as the price of bread) they marched in a body to the home of the local Lord banging saucepans, shovels etcetera with tongues and pokers. On the occasion mentioned by Avery, the Lord called out the Bromsgrove Volunteers but when they saw the women approaching they barricaded themselves in the local pub. Avery's father was an inventor and tried to make a new type of gas but only succeeded in blowing his shop up. This coincided with the celebrations for victory at the Battle of Trafalgar and the passersby thought it was all 'part of the performance and applauded accordingly'. Methodism was established with the aid of a carving knife. Services were first held in a private house but a crowd stood outside at each meeting, jeering and tinpanning. One Sunday, the owner of the house, Mrs Turner, 'a woman of strong will and heart', was determined to put a stop to the annoyance.... She accordingly armed herself with a candle and carving knife, marched into the crowd and with eyes sparkling with intense feeling, plunged her knife up to the very hilt into - the drum.... From that memorable time to the present, I believe, the Methodists have been unmolested....

ISBN: 9780951948125

by Anne Bradford

A5 size, 181 pages, fully illustrated with spooky black and white photographs
The first volume of Ghosts Murders and Scandals sold out so quickly that I have produced a second volume.
    Twelve months before an archeological dig discovered that Romans (or the Romano-British) had occupied a large part of Evesham, two ladies were driving down Abbey Road when they saw a centuria of Romans passing by.  In Droitwich, in 1997, two young men stock-taking late at night on the Berryhill industrial estate saw a Roman in full regalia walk across the bottom of the shop. The Chairman of the Malvern Museum Trust will not be pleased when I remind everyone that her hero, Dr James Gully, who helped to make Malvern what it is today, was, as an elderly married man, involved in a horrendous scandal with a young patient. One of the first policemen to be killed on active duty probably met his end in an election  riot at in 1857 Kidderminster.

   If you are feeling depressed, this is a book shocking enough to take your mind off your troubles and cheer you up.

ISBN: 9780954981372,

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