From History

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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