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PocketHistoriesofRedditch-Timeline
DesignedandProducedbyAnthonyGreen2015
RedditchHistoryTimeline
PocketHistoriesofRedditch-Timeline
DesignedandProducedbyAnthonyGreen2015
60AD DuringtheRomanoccupationIknield(Rykneld)Streetwasbuiltasamain80mileN-Sroute.ItbeganattheFosseWay,InBurfordintheCotswolds,finishingatRotherham,aRomanFort.WithinRedditchitfollowedaroutebeginningatWashfordMillandleavingatBeoleycrossroadsandpassingclosebyChurchHillCentre.Therouteisveryclearfollowingroadsandpathsthroughthearea.
IknieldStreet-theroutethroughredditchasweseeittoday.(PhotoAG)
410to1066AD BetweenRomantimesandtheNormanconquestEnglandwassettledbytheSaxons.SettlementscreatedduringthistimeincludedBeoley,Feckenham,Ipsley,Studley
PocketHistoriesofRedditch-Timeline
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1138AD OnthisdatetheCistercianOrderweregrantedacharterforthefoundingofBordesleyAbbey.Thesiteselectedwasinlevelmeadows,neartheRiverArrowandtheabbeygrewtobecomewealthy,owningmanymanorsinthecountyandbeyond.RedditchdidnotexistatthetimeofthecreationoftheAbbeyanditispossiblethatitwasformedwhentheAbbeysitewasclearedofinhabitants.
BordesleyAbbeyasimaginedbyJWWoodward
13thCenturyAD EarlyinthehistoryofthemonasterythenameRedDyche(Redditch)cameintoexistenceasacommunityoflabourersandcraftsmenlocatedatthecrossroadswhicharestillinthetowncentre.SomeoftheRedditchinhabitantswouldhaveworkedattheAbbey.
PocketHistoriesofRedditch-Timeline
DesignedandProducedbyAnthonyGreen2015
1538AD TheabbeyprosperedforsomehundredsofyearsuntilitwasdissolvedbyKingHenryVIIIin1538.However,theChapelcontinuedasaplaceofworshipfortheRedditchcommunityuntil1805,whenthe'ChapelontheGreen’wasbuiltonthepresentChurchGreenarea.
EarlyDrawingfromthetopofProspectHillShowingtheChapelontheGreesdw
approx1650AD AWilliamLeebeganmanufacturingneedlesinStudley.ThiswasessentiallyacottageindustrywhichwouldbeindustrialisedbytheRedditchmanufacturers.