What do a 120 year old temporary shop, an umbrella hospital, a turnpike weighing machine and an alcohol-free hotel have in common? They could all be found in Barnards Green in the last 100 years!

Where is Barnards Green?

View of the south side of Barnards Green shopping areaBarnards Green is an area of Malvern to the east of the main Victorian settlement area of Great Malvern. One hundred and fifty years ago it consisted simply of four farms and a few houses along the road leading from Great Malvern to Hanley Castle and Upton. Since the 1860s the farmland has gradually been sold off and developed to create the thriving community we see today.

It may be just a suburb of Malvern, but the story of how Barnards Green has developed over time is fascinating. A group of local residents has been researching the area over the last few years with the aim of creating a complete picture of its development and of the people who have lived there. We have called ourselves the “Barnards Green History Group”.

Compiling the history

History is not only documents; it is also the memories of the people who have lived or worked in the area and those memories are still being created today. For our history of Barnards Green we are using not only maps and records but also collecting and preserving memories for the future.

Our latest project – posters for each shop

Example of a shop poster for the Barnards Green History ProjectFrom our research over the last couple of years, we have compiled window posters for each of more than 40 shops in Barnards Green. Each charts the commercial development of the premises over the last century. The posters say something about what was sold, who took over the businesses as well as recollections about some of the shopkeepers. The posters are full of old advertisements and photographs from the early 1900s up to the 1970s.

This latest project has been supported by the Barnards Green Traders Association and generously funded by the Route to the Hills project.

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