Bewdley, Blackstone Rock 1904

Bewdley, Blackstone Rock 1904

Neg. 51979


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Blackstone Rock, a great outcrop of sandstone rising sheer from the river, is shrouded with trees. Springs bubble up through the underlying sandstone, just as they do at Spring Grove House (now the Safari and Leisure Park). In the 18th century a hermit or holy man lived in a small hollow in the rock. It was a treacherous spot for river currents (the Severn has a tidal bore), and to safeguard their passage the sailors would throw money and gifts from the trows to the hermit, thinking that his prayers would ensure a successful trip. Sometimes as many as 400 trows could be waiting between Bewdley and Blackstone for high tide. The first fair charter was dated 1376, and the fair was held on February 5 each year on the Feast of St Agatha. By the 16th century, when there were three fairs, traffic on the river was further increased.

Memories of Bewdley

Primroses And Pastures

It would have been during the War that I recall visiting my aunt Norah and uncle Charles Fernihough at their farm, . The Liveridge, Ribbesford, Bewdley. My dad, Aunt Norah's brother, would take me, periodically on the Midland Red bus from Birmingham for a day visit. It was wonderful! From the time we got off the bus in ...Read full memory

A memory of Bewdley

Button Oak

I lived in Button Oak during 1942/43 and worked in the Wyre Forest for 'Bob' Harris who was the Forester. Along with two of my mates, Denis Mills and Hubert Till, I made frequent trips into Bewdley to go to the pictures or get my hair cut. The cinema was just over the bridge (is it still there?) and we left our bikes for ...Read full memory

A memory of Bewdley by Robert Aldridge
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