Avoncroft – not just buildings

Dropped in to Avoncroft Museum of Buildings the other day. Haven’t been there since the obligatory school trip xxx years ago…

Opened in 1963, Avoncroft is a collection of historic buildings saved from demolition and relocated to the parkland site, just outside Bromsgrove. The diverse collection includes everything from a medieval town house to a Black Country chain-making workshop. Avoncroft is an independent museum and registered charity, and supports its educational and preservation work by hosting weddings, parties and events.

Lurking behind the café is a Tardis… It’s part of the National Telephone Kiosk Collection, which includes this GPO Morris Minor, signage and a fully working switchgear room, so you can spend an afternoon testing the phone boxes if you so desire. Just up the road is Tardebigge, on the Worcester and Birmingham canal, where you will the longest flight of locks on any canal in Britain. The 30 locks lift the canal 220 feet up the Lickey incline.

The Bromsgrove Society of Model Engineers also call Avoncroft home. They operate 3 miniature railways on site, from gauge 1 up to 5” gauge live steam. The largest – a triple gauge (2 ½, 3 1/2 and 5” gauge) passenger carrying railway is 1260 feet long and was built in 1984.

The Society was carrying out winter maintenance when we visited, and had just been testing this delightful pannier tank.

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