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This is a preview of the full content of our Birmingham & West Midlands app.

Please consider downloading this app to support small independent publishing and because:

  • All content is designed for mobile devices and works best there.
  • Detailed in-app maps will help you find sites using your device’s GPS.
  • The app works offline (one time upgrade required on Android versions).
  • All advertising (only present on Android versions) can be removed.

The app will also allow you to:

  • Add custom locations to the app map (your hotel…).
  • Create your own list of favourites as you browse.
  • Search the entire contents using a fast and simple text-search tool.
  • Make one-click phone calls (on phones).
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The West Midlands has a fabulous wealth of history and architecture to share. From Ancient, Roman, Saxon times see Iron Age hillforts, travel along Roman roads, see Saxon abbeys and historic town centres with their roots in Saxon settlements.

The Norman invasion of 1066 brought the end of the Saxon Dark Ages (so-called because not much is known about them) and the Norman architecture of great stronghold castles and a new look to many of the cathedrals. From there, the Medieval and Tudor times brought the medieval Middle Ages with settlements and village life.

The Tudors

The Tudors arrived with Henry Vlll and many manor houses were built at this time - the West Midlands is peppered with them. See many of them in Historic Houses & Gardens. Unfortunately, great Abbeys including Evesham were destroyed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries, but many others remain including Worcester Cathedral.

Read the full content in the app
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Arts & Crafts Movement

Castles, Historic Homes & Gardens

Medieval & Tudor

Victorian & Industrial Times

Ancient, Roman, Saxon

Shakespearean Times

Text © Alison Plummer

Images by Alison Plummer, West Midlands Growth Company