Saturday, 24 October 2015

Avoncroft Museum Bromsgrove

Hello again!

Thanks very much for calling in. Thanks too for all your messages, hopefully I'll get round to replying later this afternoon!

Today we are zooming off to Bromsgrove, a couple of train stations from Worcester, to visit the Avoncroft Museum, an outdoor museum full of old houses and buildings that have been rescued and rebuilt on the site to preserve them for future generations. It all started back in 1967 when a Medieval Townhouse in the centre of Bromsgrove had to be rescued and has continued ever since.

Apart from the award winning cafe, the first thing you notice is the National Telephone Kiosk collection - 32 in number - all brightly coloured and shouting out for a photo.  Even Dr. Who seems to have dropped in, maybe he fancies a vintage model.

The buildings are distributed around the site with plenty of space in between, there's a wildflower meadow, lots of places to sit with a picnic and play areas for the children to scoot about.  We decided to follow the path and see what we found.  Here's a Mission Church, complete with Victorian school inside and recorded hymns.

Next up a group of farm buildings, a threshing shed, a granary, stable etc.

We could see the windmill from the train, I had to take loads of photos from different angles I'm afraid, just couldn't resist!

A press for making Perry from pears

Chimneys from a town house, these were enormous.
The next two photos show the chain making shed, look at all those forges, it must have been red hot in there when they were in full swing.

Here's the Medieval town house that started the project off. Inside, with a fire lit for authenticity, the room was laid out to give an idea of what life might have been like.  I thought it looked rather spacious myself, though a tad smoky.  Luckily there was a genuine medieval fire extinguisher (not!) on hand should the fire get out of hand!

Round the corner and several centuries later, an Anderson shelter loitered on the ground looking rather unfinished.   I don't think it would have offered a lot of protection from those bombs.

The Prefab house had a few recognisable things within.

Here's a tollhouse with garden, then there was an ice house, privy, dovecote, cell block . . . loads of things to see.

The roof of the Guesten house of Worcester Cathedral had been saved and converted into a learning space/hall.  Around the edge were modern gargoyles of the people involved in the rescue and restoration of the roof. A good idea, but a bit spooky!

Time to stop off at the Edwardian cafe for a delicious cake before trekking off for the train.


Bye for now


  1. I love this museum and again it was great to see it again in your photos. We visited a couple of years ago and I loved the medieval town house and the mill but also the prefabs and industrial buildings. I remember we had tea and cake in the old co-op shop too:)

    1. I loved learning about this museum and seeing the photos. And, I know where Bromsgrove is located since I visited the lovely place a few years ago. Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your day.

    2. That's good, glad you enjoyed it :-)

  2. One day we'll bump into each other as we seem to like the same places! x