Bringsty Common consists of 300 acres of common land which provides a diverse environment for a range of wild-life including the muntjac, the redwing and the merlin. The extensive bracken is home to the caterpillar of the rare high brown fritillary butterfly. As a common, it is designated as access land under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 and you can walk anywhere except in private gardens.
Bringsty Common is today managed by the grand-sounding body called Bringsty Common Manorial Court.
The Live & Let Live is one of the oldest buildings on the common and dates from c1700. It was originally a cider house. Between the wars, Bringsty Common and Bromyard Downs were favourite destinations for cyclists from Birmingham, and groups of up to 40 or 50 used to cycle down on a Sunday to picnic and visit the Live & Let Live. The pub was empty from 2002 but has been wonderfully restored and is now a great place for walkers, families and indeed anyone who enjoys real ale and real fish-and-chips in a beautiful setting.
The best account of the history of the Common is in Phyllis Williams book, “Whitbourne a Bishop’s Manor”.