Writing in 1782, William Hutton, who lived at Washwood Heath, wondered why the Bridgeman family had left Castle Bromwich Hall in 1768 to live at Weston Park:
"We should naturally inquire, Why Sir Harry quitted a place so delightfully situated? Perhaps it is not excelled in this country, in the junction of three great roads, a desirable neighbourhood, the River Tame at its back, and within five miles of the plentiful market of Birmingham – but, alas, it has no park."
The Bridgemans went to Weston Park because it was very much bigger and posher than Castle Bromwich Hall.
When William Hutton says that Castle Bromwich had no park, he meant a deer park. Keeping deer was a very expensive hobby and needed lots of land fenced so that the deer could not escape. Only the very richest gentlemen could afford a deer park.)
'A History of Castle Bromwich for Young People' written by William Dargue 2016 for the Castle Bromwich Bellringers.
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