The heritage associations of Britain make huge efforts to preserve historic buildings across the country. Where possible these are maintained where they were originally built. However, from time-to-time there is no choice but to remove a building and this is where the Avoncroft museum of Historic Buildings often steps in.
These rescued structures are relocated to their site in Stoke Heath, Worcestershire and painstakingly reassembled to their original condition. Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings was established in 1963 and officially opened in 1967. The initial concept for the museum was envisaged when it became necessary to relocate a 15th-century timber-framed Merchant’s house from Bromsgrove in 1962. It was soon established as England’s first open-air museum and only the second of its kind in the UK.
There are more than 27 rescued buildings at the site including a fully operational windmill and a prefabricated house of the kind often used across Britain as a replacement for homes destroyed by bombing during
The museum also has a fully restored Victorian church that was originally built in 1891 and relocated to the site from Bringsty Common in Herefordshire. It was rededicated in 1996 and is licensed for wedding blessings.
The museum is also the home of the largest collection of telephone booths in Britain and is part of BT’s Connected Earth heritage project. Each kiosk represents a step forward in communications technology and spans the period between 1912 and 1990.
The disappearing Boy: According to some paranormal specialists, when a building is relocated it can often take with it any psychic energy with which it was once associated. It should be no surprise then that in 2013 a visitor to the Avoncroft Museum claimed to have seen an apparition in the ‘Merchant’s house’. The figure was that of a boy wearing 17th century clothing. The visitor assumed that the young man was part of the staff dressed in period costume but as he approached the boy simply faded away into the air.
Haunted Worcestershire: According to Anthony Poulton-Smith, author of ‘Haunted Worcestershire, the staff at the Avon Croft museum have regularly witnessed unusual occurrences including unexplained figures dressed in historic clothes, display items being moved around overnight even though the rooms they were in were locked and even the occasional incident of poltergeist activity. Haunted Worcestershire is published by The History Press.
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- Address: Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, UK, B60 4JR
- GPS: 52.31452222,-2.071472222
- Phone: 0044 (0)1527 831 363
- Part of UK: England
- Sat Nav Postcode: B60 4JR
- Entrance Fees: Yes
- Disabled Access: Very Good
- Visibility from Road: Limited
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