Bromsgrove is located around halfway between Worcester and Birmingham, with the main axis of the town situated along the ancient saltway between Droitwich and Wall. The town lies on Triassic sandstones, which formed around 240 million years ago. During this time the hot, dry flat basin in which the area sat was covered by a series of many small winding rivers, known as a braided river system. This system was part of the ‘Budleighensis River’, a large river which flowed from France northwards to the Midlands.
The sandstones themselves vary in colour from grey-white to brown-red and orange. Although no quarries now operate it has been used for churches, public buildings, cottages, bridges and boundary walls in the area, with the town giving its name to the unit of rock – the Bromsgrove Sandstone. Some notable examples of buildings include the parish churches at Bromsgrove and