The Rise and Fall of Belbroughton's Scythemaking Industry

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Sarah Bradley discusses the development of this industry in Belbroughton, Worcestershire and traces its decline.

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Today Belbroughton, north Worcestershire, is an attractive, red brick village with little sign that for several hundred years it was known for the manufacture of high-quality scythes. In this talk, Sarah Bradley discusses the development of this industry, which reached its peak in the nineteenth century and employed highly-skilled craftsmen, and traces its decline in the twentieth century, with the works closing in 1968. The talk concludes with a short film from 1955, showing the scythe-making process, which had little changed for over a hundred years.

This talk will be delivered via Zoom. Once registered a separate email will follow with a link to access meeting details (you will asked to sign in). If you do not already have an Eventbrite account you will be asked to register.

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The Centre for West Midlands History, based at the University of Birmingham, is a forum for study and research into the history of the region.

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