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Pipers Brook

Nr Tenbury Wells
United Kingdom
WR15 8NP

Pipers Brook, Eastham is a mid 19th century pair of cottages that were once part of Lower House Farm agricultural estate. During the 20th century they were converted and modernised to a single dwelling by the local farmer Stuart Ward. He subsequently brought up his family here. In the 1980s the building and a hectare of land were sold off so that a new farm house could be built on the adjacent farm. This resulted in the present owner Bruce Osborne securing Pipers Brook when he was Marketing Director of a local substantial food business.

Pipers Brook is located in the outstandingly beautiful Teme Valley five miles east of Tenbury Wells. It includes a woodland alongside the stream that forms the western boundary. This part of Worcestershire is designated one of "great landscape value" and comprises agricultural hamlets intersperced with quiet residential properties. Although appearing to be somewhat of a backwater, the heart of Birmingham is only an hour away and towns such as Kidderminster, Ludlow and Droitwich considerably less. Click to discover Bruce

Over the years many improvements and innovations have been carried out giving Pipers Brook a distinctive character of its own. The milestone at the roadside was rescued from a scrap yard and receives occasional publicity because of its present location. Similarly the Birmingham Corporation lamp posts would have been destroyed if not rescued. The major changes carried out on the interior of the premises were by Rochford builder Chris Jones, demonstrating the flare that this now defunt business had for enhancing a property's potential. At the rear is the log cabin used by Bruce when frequenting the premises, the main house being occupied by tenants. Click the bird to discover Bruce.

Finding your way to Pipers Brook

Fortuitously Pipers Brook is so ancient that it is on the c.1300 Mappa Mundi, the map of the medieval world in Hereford Cathedral. It is between Clee Hill and Worcester, which also appear. Not quite the map of the British Isles that we see in the modern school atlas but one that encompassed the known world at the time. See the map below and see you there!


This is the start of your backwoods adventure.

Pipers Brook is located in the Teme Valley, a few miles from the frontier town of Tenbury Wells. This is wild country where the local red necks view strangers with suspicion. Best not stop and ask the way if you get lost, we may never see you again. Eastham is where you stop replacing one problem with another when you leave the 21st century computerised world behind and indulge in a little hillbilly recreation. It's where the web is what a spider makes and a mouse gets both barrels of your shotgun. So girls, dig out your flirting frock and men hang up your gun and holster and mosey on down to the cabin for a mountain folk weekend away from form filling, speed cameras and the dreaded council tax.

Take the A443 from Worcester to Tenbury. Before Newnham Bridge there is a turning left over Eastham Bridge to Eastham. Take this turning and follow the road to Eastham village bearing left all the time. At the village Hall bear left again and Pipers Brook is about 200 yards on the left by the stream bridge.

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"We have ways of keeping out strangers" say the local red necks. Eastham Bridge in 2016 - for those who were in the know, you can divert through Tenbury or Stanford Bridge country lanes to thwart the local's efforts.

Fortunately outsiders have intervened and it is a new bridge that now thwarts the locals efforts. The new bridge opened for traffic end of April 2017 and comprises a horizontal girder framework with a combination of metal and original brick security fencing. However within a year, allegedly, locals had smashed up the new bridge with a farm trailer. The full story can be seen by the sequence of pictures that can be viewed by clicking the logo above.


19th CENTURY second half, 20th CENTURY first half, PLACES, PRESENT DAY


Country town/village, Quality Natural Environment


England - Central

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