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The 1968 Photographers

  • H T Bolus – Theo Bolus, was Chairman of Birmingham Photographic Society; he died in 1977.  He took 27 photographs at Blackminster (Birmingham Road, Station Road and the railway).  He covered the same area as J L Davies and R Govenlock but did not duplicate any photographs. 
  • J L Brown – J L Brown took 44 photographs of Mill Lane, School Lane, High Street and Badsey Lane.  His route covered the west side of High Street (beginning at No 18), the bridge on Badsey Lane, all of Mill Lane and the south side of School Lane (as far as the two cottages which were demolished in the 1970s).  He worked in tandem with H Burns who covered a similar area.
  • H Burns – H Burns took 35 photographs mainly of Mill Lane, School Lane, the west side of High Street, The Poplars and Badsey Brook.  He covered a similar area to J L Brown, but also included some general shots of The Poplars, built in 1966.  Mr Burns died in 1977.
  • R J Coote – R J Coote was a keen member of Birmingham Photographic Society.  He died in 1980, aged 53.  He worked for British Rail and did photography in his spare time.  He eventually went blind which made it very difficult to carry on with his hobby.  According to his 86-year-old widow, he was married firstly to photography, then to British Rail and thirdly to his wife!  He would be “over the moon” to think that his photos are now being used.  His son, Anthony, who later became a medical photographer for 26 years at Wordsley Hospital, often went with him.  R Coote won a lot of medals at Birmingham Photographic Society.  He took 22 photographs mainly in Badsey Fields Lane, Chapel Street, Sands Lane and Willersey Road.  He covered the same area as A W Evans.
  • J L Davies – J L Davies took 15 photographs at Blackminster (Birmingham Road and Station Road).  He covered the same area as Theo Bolus and R Govenlock but did not duplicate any photographs.
  • A W Evans – A W Evans took 22 photographs mainly of Badsey Fields Lane, Sands Lane, School Lane, Willersey Road and the start of Binyon Close.  He covered the same area as R J Coote.
  • W T Gay – W T Gay took 36 photographs mainly of Old Post Office Lane (north side), Synehurst, Synehurst Crescent, Synehurst Avenue and Green Leys, and also of the Manor House in the High Street.
  • R Govenlock – R Govenlock took 11 photographs at Blackminster (part of Station Road and Birmingham Road).  He covered the same area as Theo Bolus and J L Davies.
  • H Grisbrook – H Grisbrook took 28 photographs in the Brewers Lane, High Street, Chapel Street, Old Post Office Lane region.  He covered the same area as L W Taylor, comprising the south side of Old Post Office Lane, The Lankets, Orchard Way, part of the east side of High Street, the east side of Chapel Street and Brewers Lane.
  • R W Horsley – R W Horsley took 32 photographs mainly of Bretforton Road, Horsebridge Avenue and Synehurst.  He covered the houses along the B4035 up to just before the Blackminster turn-off.
  • M Miller – M Miller took 27 photographs, covering the far end of Badsey Fields Lane and the south side of Bretforton Road from the Birmingham Road turn-off eastwards.
  • E J Nield – E J Nield took 28 photographs of the church.
  • G W Rose – G W Rose took 34 photographs mainly of Bretforton Road, Birmingham Road, Oaks Close, Bank Road and Old Post Office Lane.  He covered the north side of Bretforton Road as far as The Round of Gras, Birmingham Road, the new developments at Oak Close and Banks Road, before crossing to the south side of Bretforton Road and the houses at the far end of Old Post Office Lane.
  • E H Sargeant – E H Sargeant took 24 photographs, 18 of which were in the central part of Badsey in the High Street, The Poplars and Mill Lane, and six of which were taken at the parish boundary with Bretforton.  For copyright reasons, his photographs are not included (but photographs were taken by J L Brown and H Burns, who covered a similar area, so there is complete coverage).  Copies of E H Sargeant’s photographs may be obtained, if desired, by completing a special form held at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service and paying the appropriate fee.
  • J A Sargeant – J A Sargeant took seven photographs, four of which were of the derelict stone house, now known as Badsey Hall.  For copyright reasons, the photographs are not included (but photographs were taken by J L Brown and H Burns, who covered a similar area, so there is complete coverage).  Copies of the photographs may be obtained, if desired, by completing a special form held at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service and paying the appropriate fee.
  • L W Taylor – L W Taylor took 34 photographs mainly of High Street, Brewers Lane, Old Post Office Lane and St James Close.  He covered the same area as H Grisbrook, doing part of Brewers Lane, Orchard Way and the site of Poplar Court, the south side of Old Post Office Lane and some of St James Close.
  • M J Taylor – Miles Taylor took 47 photographs, all of Bretforton Road.  He did a comprehensive survey of the north side of Bretforton Road, starting from just after the Round of Gras up to the parish boundary with Bretforton.
  • C E Tooby – C E Tooby took 41 photographs mainly of Badsey Fields Lane, Chapel Street, School Lane and east side of High Street.  He covered a similar area to that of R J Coote and A W Evans, covering the north side of School Lane, part of Badsey Fields Lane, Chapel Street and part of the east side of High Street near the church.
  • S M Woods of Worcester – Miss S M Woods was a Record Office member of staff.  She took 16 photographs, mainly of the Stone House (now known as Badsey Hall), which included some interior shots, and of the barns opposite, plus a few other assorted photos.  She then returned in 1969 to take two further photos:  one after a barn fire in School Lane and one of the Dower House (then known as Brakesmere).