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Earsldon Conservation Area? The Coventry Society has been contacted by the city council to sound out the idea of creating a Conservation Area in Earlsdon. There is certainly much to consider worthy of effort to conserve and worthy of pride too. There will be consultations with many local people and organisations and we will keep you up-to-date.

Much in this Victorian photograph of the Earlsdon Library is still recognisable and worthy of retention.

January 2016

Sherbourne Valley Railway Viaduct Listed As a result of work undertaken by Ian Harrabin working within the Charterhouse Trust this viaduct and the pedestrian tunnels and the Mile Lane and Sowe Valley bridges have all been listed Grade II. This should help in the difficult task of conserving the Charterhouse and its environs and the course of the River Sherbourne. This picture was painted shortly after the railway was built around 1832 by John Cooke Bourne who painted many similar bridges and cuttings on several railways. The land in the idyllic view is now occupied by the London Road Incinerator.

Kath’s Final Journey

Kirby House and the Swift Motors building in Parkside , two of the buildings that Kath Edwards helped save and restore.

A long-time and valued member of the society died recently. Kath Edwards was sometimes hard to keep in line for her terrific enthusiasm often ran away with her. She played a significant part in saving the Swift Motors building in Parkside and also Kirby House in Little Park Street. She never tired of loving her adopted city and organised her own funeral in style.

January meeting:

The Place of Parish Councils in government Justin Griggs of the National Association of Local Councils

Monday, January 11 at 7.30pm Shop Front Theatre, City Arcade Admission visitors £2

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Broad Street Meeting Hall

December Meeting At the December meeting of The Coventry Society we saw films of old Coventry and its trials and rebuilding presented by Dean Nelson and were then puzzled by a thought-provoking quiz on the street scenes of Coventry presented by Martin Woolston. We finished with mulled wine and mince pies to induce festive spirit.

Ring Road Uplight The hall was built in 1946 as a temporary replacement for a bombed Salvation Army Hall. The present excellent state of the inside of the building is due to the efforts of Alan Griffiths, a member of the Coventry Society, and belies the aging state of the structure. The operating body has been given a grant of £40,000 to help prepare a lottery grant application for a new building and staff member. The project will include a Migrant Centre and ROMA centre for local people. The project also needs to raise a matching £75,000

Earlsdon Fountain

The Rolls of honour for WWI on the right and WWII on the left.

Image courtesy of Troughton

Naul’s Mill was once known as Abbott’s Mill and was probably a fulling mill. The pool was drained and the present pool built in 1899. The building is now a tyre depot in Abbotts Lane.

When well looked after the pool was a beautiful asset close to the city centre. The park was jammed full on Sundays watching the concert at the bandstand.

The Ring Road over Gosford Street has some new lighting underneath. It certainly looks to be an improvement on some of the dingy underpasses on the Ring Road. This is part of a public realm improvement scheme for the university and the car park.

We Will Remember Them

The drinking fountain in Earlsdon Avenue South has been renovated and restored after many years in decline. The project has taken many years to bring to fruition under the care of local organisations.

Friends of Naul’s Mill Park

The Vauxhall Working Men’s Club in Eld Road has closed and is under redevelopment. There is a serious risk of losing its two war memorials. After talks with The Coventry Society and The War Memorials Trust, the city’s conservation architect put a condition on the planning permission requiring relocation. A new home is being sought by the Royal British Legion. If anyone has specific ideas for a new home please let us know.

In recent years the park, and especially the pool, has become neglected. The pool is now never filled allegedly due to financial restrictions. The Friends of Naul’s Mill Park have operated for a number of years but the organisation had fallen into disarray. We are pleased to see it rejuvenated and offer any help and assistance that we can muster.


Coventry Society Newsletter - January 2016