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Published on July 17th, 2014 | by Bill Dargue


Castle Bromwich Youngsters Step Back in Time

Tucked away between the Chelmsley Collector Road and the M6 is the site of the Norman castle built by the lord of the manor nearly a thousand years ago. Looking across from Castle Bromwich graveyard, local historian Bill Dargue explained to members of the 237th Castle Bromwich Scout group the origin of the district’s name. The Friday cub pack was visiting the ancient church of St Mary & St Margaret whose first stone chapel was also built by one of the early Norman lords.

The youngsters then climIMG_1242bed to the top of the 18th-century tower to look down on Castle Bromwich Hall built in 1710 by lord of the manor, Sir Joh
n Bridgeman II. The Grade I Listed hall is now a luxury hotel. Some of the group have been studying at school the role played by Castle Bromwich in the Second World War. From their vantage point they could see Castle Vale, formerly Castle Bromwich RAF airfield and the Jaguar factory where some 12,000 Spitfires were produced during the war.

Always keen to involve visitors in the ancient art of bellringing, tower captain, Dan Harris showed the cubs how it is done before letting each of them toll the bells. The visit concluded with each of the cubs making a donation to the project to restore the bells of Castle Bromwich.

More information can be found on the Bell Ringers’ website –

From the article published in this month’s Castle Bromwich Echo.

About the Author

Bill Dargue has been ringing the bells of St Mary & St Margaret's church in Castle Bromwich for over 30 years. He's one of the Castle Bromwich Bell Restoration Project trustees (Registered Charity 1155131) aiming to celebrate the tercentenary of the bell installation by setting the bells in good order for the next 300 years.

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