Belbroughton is a village in North Worcestershire, about 15 miles from the centre of Birmingham.
Like most places, it has a rich history and in the C19th and the first half of the C20th it was known for the manufacture of scythes and other ‘edge’ tools. Up to a dozen mills used water power from the Belne Brook which flows from the Clent Hills, before electricity eventually took over. Today, you can still see evidence of this industry in the remaining mill pools, and in the millstones which form part of many garden walls.
Belbroughton’s history is also reflected in a number of buildings of historic interest.
Holy Trinity Church was mainly built in the C13th, C14th and C19th, but has Saxon and Norman origins. The bells, five of which were cast in the C18th and one which dates from 1971, still ring out on a Sunday morning.
The Church Hall, used regularly for events, talks and parties, was originally the tithe barn and saved from demolition and restored in 1913-14.
The Old School (below), now a private house, stands next to the old workhouse, used from 1827-1839.
The ‘new’ Victorian school has been added to extensively in the C20th and now educates some 150 children.
Plaques mark these and other notable buildings.