In its time the town has been the centre of industry in needle making.
A flagship for new town planning (Redditch was designated a new town in 1964, although it dates back to the Middle Ages) the main roads were banked and landscaped to reduce noise; its still possible to drive around the town seeing mainly grass and some of the five million trees (who counted?!) rather than houses and industry.
The area is an attractive option for families. Its still a relatively small town with around 85,000 residents across 54 square miles, and charming villages like Feckenham, Inkberrow and Sambourne within the borough.
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The Kingfisher Shopping Centre is one of the largest covered shopping areas in the UK and has been ranked in the top 20 of the countrys shopping centres.
A local printer once produced a calendar featuring 12 of the towns finest roundabouts that became notorious after featuring on the Graham Norton Show.
We recommend a visit to the Forge Mill museum, where you'll see fish hooks and tackle, springs, and motorbikes, including the world famous Royal Enfield brand.
Redditch is also the birthplace of Harry Styles, and Led Zeppelins John Bonham.
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I've worked for Andrew Grant for 11 years, have been in the industry for 32, and am a member of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA). I would love to retire to the South of France and open a cheese and wine bar, swapping houses for cheese - and I will call it Madame Fromages! Although, being an agent immobilier (estate agent in French!) would be good as you get to travel to viewings in a helicopter!
Julia Simonds, Redditch Partner