During World War I, our lovely Lickey Hills became part of the war effort when it was used for testing refurbished gun barrels.
Brought back from the front, Howitzer Gun Barrels were taken to the old Austins Works at Longbridge for repair work. They were then transported to the new purpose-built proofing range located in the ‘Quarry’ – located 100 meters from the current Visitor Centre. Consisting of a munitions building, a bunker, gantries, a sentry box and the gun butts, they were tested by soldiers and civilians before being returned to active duty.
The Lickey Hills Local History Society have been researching this piece of important local history and in September 2018, during the Open Weekend in the park, four information boards were unveiled.