The Shrubbery, Kidderminster

The Shrubbery is a former military installation in Kidderminster, Worcestershire. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]

The Shrubbery
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The Shrubbery
The Shrubbery is located in Worcestershire
The Shrubbery
The Shrubbery
Location in Worcestershire
Coordinates52°23′28″N 2°14′11″W / 52.39119°N 2.23632°W / 52.39119; -2.23632
TypeDrill hall
Site history
BuiltLate 19th century
Built forWar Office
In useLate 19th century – 1994


The building is an early 19th-century mansion which was owned by the Lea family in the first half of that century.[2][3] It then passed into the hands of a Major Winnington in the second half of the century.[4] It was converted around the end of the century for use as the headquarters of the 1st Volunteer Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment.[5] This unit evolved to become the 7th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment in 1908.[6] The battalion was mobilised at the mansion in August 1914 before being deployed to the Western Front.[7][8] The battalion was also based at the mansion at the start of the Second World War.[9]

The battalion was reduced to a single company, B Company (Worcestershire), The Mercian Volunteers, in 1967.[10] The company evolved to become A Company, 5th Battalion, The Light Infantry (Volunteers) in 1992 and A (Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment) Company, 5th Battalion, The (Shropshire and Herefordshire) Light Infantry (Volunteers) in 1993.[10] The Ministry of Defence decided to move the unit to a more modern adjacent building in October 1994.[11] The mansion was subsequently decommissioned and, in February 1998, it was converted into a nursing home.[12][13]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Shrubbery at the Drill Hall". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  2. ^ Cary, John (1928). "Cary's New Itinerary: Or, An Accurate Delineation of the Great Roads, Both Direct and Cross England and Wales". G & J Cary. p. 263.
  3. ^ "Assignments of land and plant in West Bromwich 1824-1834". Sandwell Community History and Archives Service. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  4. ^ Noake's Guide to Worcestershire. Longman & Co. 1868. p. 323.
  5. ^ "Kidderminster". The Drill Hall Project. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  6. ^ "The Worcestershire Regiment [UK]". Archived from the original on 3 January 2006. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Worcestershire Regiment". The Long, Long Trail. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  8. ^ Philips, Julie (2016). Kidderminster in the Great War. Pen and Sword. ISBN 978-1-47382-813-1.
  9. ^ "Army List 1937". Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  10. ^ a b "7th Battalion, The Worcestershire Regiment". Archived from the original on 27 December 2005. Retrieved 26 August 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  11. ^ "Court Circular". The Independent. 14 October 1994. Archived from the original on 18 June 2022. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Shrubbery Nursing Home". Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  13. ^ "The Shrubbery nursing Home" (PDF). Extra Care Housing. Retrieved 26 August 2017.