Village, free entry
The village of King's Bromley is situated on the junction of the A513 and the A515 six miles north of Lichfield Bromley is said to be derived from "bromeley" or "Broome Fields", which were prolific on the poor sandy soil of the Trent Valley. Earl Leofric and Lady Godiva had a hunting lodge in the village. The Earl died here in 1057 and his body was removed to Coventry for burial. His grand-daughter, Algitha, married King Harold and the Parish passed to him and it is assumed this is how the "kings" in title came about. The Parish stayed under the control of the Crown until 1227, when it was granted to the Corbett family, who were given permission to clear part of the forest to build a manor house. The last Lords of the Manor were the Lane family, second cousins to Lady Jane Lane, who assisted Charles II to escape Cromwell. The Manor was demolished in 1927. The annual Kings Bromley Show tales place in the village on the 4th Saturday of July.
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