Category: History

Councillor’s Black Horse Heritage Proposal

Cllr Bally Singh has setup the following petition to try and preserve the legacy of the Black Horse pub for the future. It accepts that demolition is preferable to a driving charge, but aims to restore some of the former pub building for an alternative use at another location. Please sign here if you support …

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Save Earlsdon Architect’s Cinema

Sherrie Edgar writes seeking support for the campaign to save part of the legacy of an Earlsdon-based architect of the early 20th Century: Earlsdon-based architect J. H. Gilbert, who lived at 17 Palmerston Road. designed the iconic cinema The Paris at 150 Far Gosford Street, Coventry, which is set for demolishment for a six-storey building …

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Riley Car Presentation

A presentation about the replica of the first Riley car, which is currently on loan at King Henry VIII School, Warwick Road, takes place at the school on Wednesday 12 February at 7pm. The original was designed by Percy Riley, an old boy of the school, in 1896. The event is open to the public …

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Beechwood Allotments Centenary

Beechwood Allotments was 100 years old on 10 April. To celebrate there will be an Open Day on Saturday 1 July from 10am-4pm and you are warmly invited to walk around the site, meet plot holders and take a closer look at the working of the allotments. Entrance is via the Beechwood Avenue gate near …

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Historical Talk

On Friday 23 September, 7pm, at Earlsdon Methodist Church, there is an open meeting organised by the Earlsdon Research Group: The Beginning of Earlsdon and the Freehold Land Society, a talk by David Fry, the Warwickshire historian whose publications include ‘The Coventry We Have Lost’ books 1 and 2. Cost £3, concessions £2; refreshments and …

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From ferries to pigsties

Coventry Cambrian Society is sorry to say that the talk planned for Friday 18 September on the history of the Beachy Aust Ferry (see A Ferry Story on page 13 of September’s ECHO) has been cancelled due to illness. A replacement talk has been scheduled and Liz Pitman  will give an illustrated talk on her book, …

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Private libraries galore

Last month we printed a letter from Mrs A D Atkin of Armorial Road enquiring about the privately owned lending library which used to be on Earlsdon Avenue North from the 1950s to the 1970s.  We have had several responses about that and similar libraries in the area. Mrs Brannigan wrote to say that her …

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An account of our war days 1939-1945

Many of our older ECHO readers will remember Doris and Jack Smith who ran Fane’s Newsagents at the top of Earlsdon Street (now Brian Holt Estate Agents) for many years until they retired in 1981.  Doris moved to the Wirral to be near her daughter, Averil, and kept in touch with this area through her …

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