Rowney Green

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Rowney Green
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Rowney Green
Rowney Green is located in Worcestershire
Rowney Green
Rowney Green
Location within Worcestershire
OS grid referenceSP043717
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBIRMINGHAM
Postcode districtB48
Dialling code0121
PoliceWest Mercia
FireHereford and Worcester
AmbulanceWest Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Worcestershire
52°20′39″N 1°56′14″W / 52.344097°N 1.937284°W / 52.344097; -1.937284Coordinates: 52°20′39″N 1°56′14″W / 52.344097°N 1.937284°W / 52.344097; -1.937284

Rowney Green is a village in the English county of Worcestershire. Today the village consists of over one hundred (mostly detached) homes, a village hall, a chapel, several horse riding stables and a couple of farms. The population of Rowney Green was approximately 300 people in 2014. The area is surrounded by agricultural land, providing grazing for livestock (mostly sheep) and domestic horses.

History[edit]

The name 'Rowney' possibly derives from the term 'Round Hay' which is referred to in the Doomsday Book as are several farm buildings and dwellings in the village.

On 9 November 1943 a Wellington Bomber aircraft crashed near Rowney Green at 19.49 hours on its way back to RAF Pershore from a routine training exercise. All five crew members were killed. A memorial plaque was placed in the centre of the village in October 2007 by the Alvechurch Ex-Services Association. A Maple Tree has also been planted in recognition that all five crew members were Canadian.

According to John Corbett,[1] Albert Edward Wheeler, who lived at 'The Ferns', purchased an ex-army hut in 1920 which served as the first village hall. It was officially called Rowney Green Peace Memorial Hall to commemorate the end of WWI but it was known as 'The Hut'. A portable stage, made up of timber planks, was purchased from disused exhibition stands at Bingley Hall. Most, if not all, of the installation work was done by the villagers themselves. The hut was transported from Alvechurch Station by Frank Satchwell using a horse and cart belonging to Edgar Quinney. A replacement hall was built in 1959 and opened in January 1960. However, during the 1990s/2000s it had fallen into disrepair. A local community group applied for and successfully obtained two rounds of funding from a National Lottery scheme. The money was used for repairs and refurbishment.

Newbourne Wood borders the village and is owned by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust. It is a small plantation woodland that was once part of a 12th-century deer park,[2]

Notable residents[edit]

  • Gladstone Small ex-England Cricketer was a resident of the village for several years during the 1990s/2000s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ ‘The Story of Rowney Green Village Hall 1920–2009 by John Corbett.
  2. ^ Worcestershire Wildlife Trust - Newbourne Wood page

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