Despite REdditch being designated a “New Town” in 1964, we must remember that it has a history stretching back 1000 years..
For a twenty year period, from 196a to 1984, the face of Redditch town centre was changed for ever. Town landmarks, family homes, offices, shops and factories were razed to the ground. People & business had to move. Some survived and some did not. The result is often debated as to whether it was good or bad. Loss of history & heritage is always bad and the modern shopping complex we have today is not to everybody’s taste. However, ask yourself the question what would the town be like without the development? What sort of town would the run-down terraces, the higgledy-piggledy shops, the narrow streets and the back-street factories have provided in the 21st century?
On these pages we attempt to highlight of the key events which have shaped the town over the years as a reminder that change has always taken place and what we know and remember will perhaps not always be there.
New Town Timeline
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Old Town Time Line
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Key Events In Redditch History
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