Hereford & Worcester

Historic Bromsgrove cottage to be rebuilt at Avoncroft Museum

1920s fireplace inside the cottage
Image caption The cottage remained in the same family from 1871 to 2008

A historic cottage in Worcestershire is to be restored thanks to a £100,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The 19th Century cottage and attached workshop in Lickey End, Bromsgrove, was used by generations of nail-makers.

For 300 years the area held a reputation as the capital of nail production, thanks to its network of small workshops, Avoncroft Museum said.

Work to carefully dismantle the cottage is due to start in July and is expected to take three weeks.

Each brick will be individually catalogued, before being transported the short distance to Avoncroft, where the cottage will be rebuilt.

The restoration project is expected to be completed by May 2013.

24,000 nails

Reyahn King, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in the West Midlands, described the cottage as a "rare find" and said it could become an important educational tool.

Simon Carter, director of Avoncroft, said: "When people think about working conditions in times gone by, they tend to focus on what life was like for people working in factories.

"This property is critically important because it gives us an insight into the day-to-day experiences of people working in a true cottage industry."

The museum, which is this year marking its 50th anniversary, said a good nail-maker working in the 19th Century could produce about 24,000 nails a week.

Entire families were often involved and by the mid-1800s it was estimated that more than 10,000 people in Bromsgrove were part of the industry.

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