The name Bromsgrove derives from the Old English Brommsgraf, meaning a small wood frequented by highway robbers.
Bromsgrove was a market town and had a thriving nail making industry from the 16th to 19th centuries. Currently it is a dormitory town for Birmingham with few places of interest. The fish and chip shop above which Lord Lucan was rumoured to have hidden in during the late 1970s has been demolished.
Bromsgrove's MP is Julie Kirkbride (Conservative).