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Bromsgrove House, also known as the Town House.

Bromsgrove Town House - Grade II listed building

This house appears to be known by a number of names: Bromsgrove House, Town House and The Merchants House. It is suggested it was built in the late 15th century and was situated at Station Road, at its junction with Worcester Road in Bromsgrove. It is now Grade II listed and can be seen at Avoncroft Museum.

It's not clear what lead to it being dismantled in 1962, but the suggestion is that in the 1960's the M5 had not long opened and Bromsgrove was expecting to benefit from its location to the new motorway. The town planned new roads, new infrastructure and a 'modern' future, but one of the casualties of the proposed changes was this timber framed house. It was demolished and the timber frame moved to Avoncroft College for storage. It was rebuilt and restored in 1967 at what is now Avoncroft Museum.

From older pictures of the building at Station Road and Worcester Road, it appears that when it was rebuilt at Avoncroft, it was restored to its original plan, so minus the sheet glass windows and other additions that appeared over the years.

If you want to read more about this house at Avoncroft, click here.

If you want to get an idea of what it looked like before it was moved, click here, scroll down a little and the town house is shown in 1962 (at the time of writing this, it is shown in the second picture down, but more pictures might be added). I'd love to add the 1962 picture here, but due to copyright restrictions, I am unable to do so.

Location: Avoncroft Museum, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove B60 4JR.

Keywords: Avoncroft (23), Grade II listed building (54), The Merchant's House.