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Visit Redditch

About Redditch

Redditch is an attractive mixture of both old and new periods in our island’s history. Designated a new town in 1964, it was unusual for such a development in already having an established town with a population of nearly 30,000 as its base. Over the 20 years of new town construction, which more than doubled the population, the Development Corporation carefully blended the old and the new.

Redditch - A modern town with a unique history

When Redditch became a ‘new town’, major developments took place in terms of a well-designed modern road system, a modern enclosed shopping centre, with an important art work designed by Eduardo  Paolozzi, and modern housing and industrial developments throughout the area. The designation of the town as a new town saved the railway line to Birmingham from the Beeching axe and it provides a regular and efficient service. The town’s development significantly increased the number of hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and the easy access to the motorway network increased the number of companies operating from the area. However, the history of the town was not forgotten………. The attractive Church Green, with its 19th century Stephen’s Church along with the historic fountain and bandstand, were carefully preserved, and, close by, the famous Palace Theatre, designed by Bertie Crewe, was carefully renovated. Beyond the town centre the Arrow Valley was developed into a major park, a large lake was created, paths along the river built and the historic Forge Mill became the National Needle Museum. At the same time, a visitor centre was created for the Bordesley Abbey ruins and the site excavated and opened to visitors. The result is a town, both old and new, which has its own attractions but also provides an ideal base for visiting the stunning countryside and industrial heritage of Central England
Visit Redditch

About Redditch

Redditch is an attractive mixture of both old and new periods in our island’s history. Designated a new town in 1964, it was unusual for such a development in already having an established town with a population of nearly 30,000 as its base. Over the 20 years of new town construction, which more than doubled the population, the Development Corporation carefully blended the old and the new.

Redditch - A modern town with a

unique history

When Redditch became a ‘new town’, major developments took place in terms of a well-designed modern road system, a modern enclosed shopping centre, with an important art work designed by Eduardo  Paolozzi, and modern housing and industrial developments throughout the area. The designation of the town as a new town saved the railway line to Birmingham from the Beeching axe and it provides a regular and efficient service. The town’s development significantly increased the number of hotels, restaurants, supermarkets and the easy access to the motorway network increased the number of companies operating from the area. However, the history of the town was not forgotten………. The attractive Church Green, with its 19th century Stephen’s Church along with the historic fountain and bandstand, were carefully preserved, and, close by, the famous Palace Theatre, designed by Bertie Crewe, was carefully renovated. Beyond the town centre the Arrow Valley was developed into a major park, a large lake was created, paths along the river built and the historic Forge Mill became the National Needle Museum. At the same time, a visitor centre was created for the Bordesley Abbey ruins and the site excavated and opened to visitors. The result is a town, both old and new, which has its own attractions but also provides an ideal base for visiting the stunning countryside and industrial heritage of Central England