Belbroughton’s Precious Beauty Spots

This article originally appeared in Belbroughton Parish Magazine in December 2011.

Belbroughton is fortunate in having many interesting and attractive buildings.  The village is further enhanced by the existence of several open landscaped spaces.

It is interesting to reflect on how these came into being.  For instance The Green on the High Street was donated in 1953 by Mrs Bate of Bradford House.  Sylvester’s Corner was formed when buildings on the corner of Church Hill and Church Road were demolished; the actual date is unknown.  (Can anyone help?)

 Browsing through a past edition of the Bromsgrove Messenger for December 9th 1951 the following account of the gift of an area sited at the village end of Dark Lane was found.


“BELBROUGHTON BEAUTY SPOT

“MR C C BRINTON’S GIFT

“Mr Cecil Brinton of Yew Tree House, Belbroughton, is to give land that will make possible a new beauty spot in the village in the Ram Alley area.  A narrow strip adjacent to the Dark Lane will be taken over by the County Council, so that the re-alignment and kerbing can be carried out.  The rest of the land, from the kerb line to the stream will pass to the Parish Council.

“They have plans for forming rock gardens on both banks of the stream, the planting of rock plants and flowering shrubs, the grassing of other areas and the erection of a fence.  It is estimated that this work will cost about £100.

“The Clerk (Mr N Parton) on Monday was instructed by the Parish Council, to convey to Mr and Mrs Brinton the grateful thanks of the Parish Council for their generous gesture.”

It is apparent that sometimes disputes arise as to the future of these areas as is illustrated by the following.

“GRASS OR TARMAC?

“The meeting agreed that severe restriction to through traffic was caused by parking in the narrow section of High Street, and the cooperation of the police in alleviating the situation is to be sought.

                  “The Chairman said that the green outside Church House in Bradford Lane, already cut up by the parking of vehicles, could well be tarmacked and used as a car park.  Mr G Farndon said he could not agree to this, as he would prefer to see the area kept grassed and cared for.  This matter, it was agreed, should be raised at a later meeting.”

These brief references draw attention to the benevolence of former village residents.  However these gifts also bring responsibilities for their preservation and maintenance – a responsibility which falls on the Parish Council.