9th Aug, 2020

New book reveals secrets of Redditch including details on notorious murderer

Harry Leach 29th Jun, 2020

THE hidden secrets of Redditch will be revealed in a new book by local author Anne Bradford later this year.

In ‘Secret Redditch’ the 86-year-old will touch on many little-known stories about the town, from its medieval past, all the way to present day.

These include forgotten cemeteries, a mysterious stone coffin, the elopement of an heiress and a memorial stone dedicated to a notorious murderer.

Other highlights include the now closed Redditch to Evesham railway line and rumours of how the Kingfisher Shopping Centre became haunted after being built on Old Town Redditch.

Anne said: “My new book will explore the less well-known episodes and characters in the history of the town through the centuries.

“Tales of remarkable characters, unusual events and buildings lost or hidden, will appeal to all those with an interest in the history of this Worcestershire town.”

Redditch grew up in the Middle Ages but became famous for needle-manufacturing and by the 19th century produced 90 per cent of the world’s needles.

Alongside the needle industry the town was also known for manufacturing fishing tackle, hooks, springs and in the 20th century other industries followed, including Royal Enfield.

Redditch was transformed in the 1960s when it became the New Town, with much of it being rebuilt.

The book will go on sale on Amazon in October.

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