Whitley is a suburb of southern Coventry in the West Midlands of England. The name Whitley is said to mean "from the white meadow". From 1938 to 1951, Church of England worship had been held in the chapel in the grounds of Whitley Abbey. Prior to that, services had been held in several temporary locations. In 1951 a dual-purpose church/community hall was opened on Abbey Road. In 1967, work on a new St James' Church and vicarage was started, alongside the previous building; the new church opened in the old church becoming the church hall. Until the turn of the 19th century, Whitley had its own identity based around a principal grand house, built in the 14th century. Contrary to popular belief, it was this house which bore the name "Whitley Abbey" and not a monastic residence. Several changes and additions to the house took place over the following centuries until the entire estate was sold in 1924, the house fell into disrepair. Planning permission was granted during the 1950s to build Whitley Abbey Comprehensive School on the site, demolished to make way for Whitley Abbey Community School named Whitley Business & Enterprise College, but was re-opened by Princess Anne and is now called Whitley Academy.
It is one of the seven RSA Academies in all in the West Midlands. Whitley Academy opened on 13 October 2000, replacing the former Whitley Abbey Comprehensive School built in the 1950s, one of the first comprehensive schools in Coventry. In July 2007, Whitley Abbey Community School gained specialist status in Business and Enterprise and was renamed Whitley Abbey Business and Enterprise College. On 1 July 2011 Whitley Abbey Business and Enterprise College became an Academy and was renamed to'Whitley Academy'; the new academy was formally opened on 13 March 2012 by Anne, Princess Royal and is part of the RSA. Whitley was the home to Coventry Zoo from 1966 until 1980; the Warwickshire Racquet & Health Club built in 1983 occupies the site. Albert Smith and David Fry:; the Coventry We Have Lost. Vol 1. Simanda Press, Berkswell. ISBN 0-9513867-1-9 Albert Smith and David Fry:; the Coventry We Have Lost. Vol 2. Simanda Press, Berkswell. ISBN 0-9513867-2-7 George Noszlopy. Public Sculpture of Warwickshire and Solihull
Bedworth is a market town in the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth, England. It is situated between Coventry, 6 miles to the south, Nuneaton, 3.5 miles to the north. In the 2011 census the town had a population of 30,438. Bedworth lies 101 miles northwest of London, 19 miles east of Birmingham and 17 miles north northeast of the county town of Warwick. Bedworth has six main suburban districts, namely Collycroft, Mount Pleasant, Bedworth Heath, Coalpit Field, Goodyers End and Exhall. Exhall is a generic name for the area surrounding junction 3 of the M6 motorway, comprising parts of both Bedworth and Coventry. Much of what is now considered Exhall within south Bedworth is referred to as Hayes Green by locals and on older maps of the area; the River Sowe rises in Bedworth flowing through Exhall and eastern Coventry and Stoneleigh, before joining the River Avon south of Stoneleigh. A small market town with Saxon origins, Bedworth was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. Bedworth developed into an industrial town in the 18th and 19th centuries, due to coal mining and the overspill of ribbon weaving and textile industries from nearby Coventry.
The ribbon weaving industry had been introduced to the area by French Hugenot immigrants in the 18th century and thrived for nearly a century, until it was wiped out in the 1860s following the Cobden–Chevalier Treaty which removed tariffs on imported French silks, causing enormous hardship to the town. Hat making however grew and replaced the ribbon trade, lasted until the 1950s; the opening of the Coventry Canal in 1789 and the railway in 1850 enhanced the town's growth. Bedworth was for many years a coal mining town: Located on the Warwickshire Coalfield, coal mining in the area was recorded as early as the 13th century; the industry peaked in 1939 when there were 20 pits in the Bedworth area producing over 5.8 million tons of coal. The last colliery in Bedworth, Newdigate Colliery closed in 1982, Coventry Colliery on the edge of the town closed in 1991. In the middle of the 19th century, the large number of public houses, thirsty miners lead to the town being called'Black Bedworth'. From 1894 Bedworth was a civil parish within the Foleshill Rural District.
In 1928 Bedworth was incorporated as an urban district in its own right. In 1932 the urban district was enlarged by the addition of Exhall and parts of Foleshill and Walsgrave on Sowe parishes, it was further enlarged in 1938 by the addition of Bulkington. In 1974 the Bedworth Urban District was merged with the borough of Nuneaton to create the borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth; the most notable buildings in Bedworth are the Nicholas Chamberlaine Almshouses on All Saints' Square in the town centre, which are built in Tudor style and date from 1840, having been funded by a legacy from the local benefactor Nicholas Chamberlaine through his will. The almshouses were restored in the 1980s, are now Grade II* listed; the majority of the town centre was redeveloped in the 1960s and early-1970s, has the typical architecture of that period. The town centre itself contains some of the usual high street retail names as well as many charity shops, card shops and banks; the main venue in Bedworth is the Bedworth Civic Hall which opened in 1973 and has an attached arts centre.
South of the town centre is the Miners' Welfare Park, which opened in 1923 to provide a recreation space for miners and their families. Now managed by the local council it includes playing fields, sports facilities and gardens; the former Bedworth water tower is the most noticeable landmark building in Bedworth. It had a 60,000 gallon water tank, but became obsolete in 1988, when a new water mains was installed into Bedworth; the tower was home to a pair of peregrine falcons in 2006. In 2015 it was sold to be converted into six luxury apartments. Along Mill Street until were rows of former weavers' cottages which were once inhabited by Huguenot weavers; some of these were still used as shops. They have been demolished as part of the redevelopment of Tesco. Domestic appliance insurer Domestic & General has offices in the town centre and provides substantial employment for the community. Several years ago Bedworth Kwik Save, was redeveloped into a new Aldi store. Next to it is a Home Bargains store.
Tesco was in a similar type of building to Kwik Save, but in a brick-faced and arched windowed 1970s style, closed in January 2011, was redeveloped into a steel-framed Tesco Xtra store. Parking is at ground level, the store is on the first floor, with delivery access up a ramp to the first floor, it opened on 5 December 2011. Bedworth has many pubs and working men's clubs: among others, the Bear and Ragged Staff, the White Horse, the Miners Arms, the Mount Pleasant, the Black Horse, the Black Bank, Saunders Hall, Collycroft Working Men's Club, Bedworth Liberal Club, Bedworth Conservative Club, the Griffin Inn, the Newdigate Arms, the Cross Keys, the Royal Oak, the Prince of Wales, JB's and Littleworks. Several others have closed. Bedworth has a skate park built in the Miners' Welfare Park in 2001 after campaigning by local youngsters. Most youngsters would skate in the town centre, or in the market area, much to the annoyance of residents and the local police. A new play area, on the site of the previous aviary and paddling pool near
Tile Hill is a suburb in the west of Coventry, West Midlands, England. It is residential and industrial, with some common land and wooded areas. Tile Hill railway station is located on the West Coast Main Line which links Coventry with London and Birmingham, is situated at the southwestern border with the city's Canley district and the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull. Tile Hill is seated in the ancient Forest of Arden, some remnants of the forest remain between the built up areas. Tile Hill Lane is flanked by Plants Hill Wood to Pig Wood to the north, it is bounded by the districts of Eastern Green and Canley. Tile Hill Lane divides the suburb into a northern and a southern section. Tile Hill has three main neighbourhoods, though none are indicated on local road signage:- Tile Hill North which consists of postwar state housing, extends to Broad Lane in the north, beyond Banner Lane to the west, to Tile Hill Lane in the south. Tile Hill South which comprises private residences extends from Tile Hill Lane in the north, to the railway line in the south.
Tile Hill Village, the more prosperous area and provides the main gateway into Coventry and out towards Burton Green and Solihull Borough, at the city's western extremity. The Tanyard Farm area was built in the early-1980s and is an extension of Tile Hill Village to the north, to the west of Banner Lane towards Eastern Green. There are two secondary schools in Tile Hill: Woodlands School, a boys' comprehensive school and sports college, Tile Hill Wood School, a girls' comprehensive school and Language college. All of the other secondary schools in Coventry are coeducational. Primary and junior schools in Tile Hill include Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Junior School, Leigh Church of England Junior School, Limbrick Wood Primary School, whilst Templars Junior School has been replaced by housing and resited. Hereward College is a further education college for students with disabilities of various kinds. City College, was adjacent to Hereward College; the college buildings have now been demolished and City College Coventry has relocated to a new purpose-built campus in Swanswell near to Coventry city centre.
Some of the notable landmarks in the Tile Hill area include: Site of the former Massey Ferguson/AGCO factory and social club which closed in 2003. The 16-storey 1970s Massey Ferguson office tower was demolished on 8 July 2012; the former factory buildings have been demolished to make way for a mixed-use development with housing and a science and technology park containing small industrial units. The new Tile Hill Library, One Stop Shop and Neighbourhood Management Centre opened by The Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry Councillor Jack Harrison MBE JP with the cutting of a ceremonial cake on Friday 23 May 2008. Pig Wood. Limbrick Wood. Plants Hill Wood. Tile Hill Wood and nature reserve. Maxims Casino. "The Ponderosa", the local name of a small park, named after the ranch on the Bonanza TV series being broadcast at the time the park was made. The "Banana" flats on Jardine Crescent. Our Lady of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church. St. Oswalds Anglican Church. St. James C Of E Church Limbrick Wood Baptist Church Tile Hill Social Club Standard Triumph Social Club.
Wing Wah Chinese restaurant. The Penny Farthing restaurant; the Newlands public house. The Bell Inn. Jardine Crescent shopping precinct. Hung Lay Thai Home Cooked Take Away 8 Station Road The artist, George Shaw, moved into Tile Hill in 1968 with his family; the estate in Tile Hill his family moved to was built after the war, as part of the nationwide programme to create a modern future. The estate is open-plan, cut across by long paths and roads, edged with woods, a remnant of what was once the Forest of Arden. George used this suburban environment as the inspiration to paint detailed photo-realistic works using the novel medium of Humbrol Model Paint; the children’s author Cathy Cassidy grew up in Tile Hill and used some of her childhood memories in her books. Tile Hill was a scene of carnage and made the national headlines on 19 December 1988 when the Tile Hill Village branch of Midland Bank was raided by two armed robbers; when police responded and pursued the raiders, one of them shot dead 29-year-old officer Gavin Carlton and wounded his colleague Leonard Jakeman as the pursuit reached Torrington Avenue.
The gunman, 22-year-old David Fisher broke into a house in the city's Earlsdon district, where he was surrounded by armed officers before shooting himself dead. Jardine Crescent is named after Dan Jardine, the Site Foreman during the construction of the Tile Hill North estate. Dormer Harris Avenue is named after Mary Dormer Harris the local historian. Robert Cramb Avenue named after the Lord Mayor of Coventry in 1947. James Green Road, named after the engineer responsible for surveying the route of the Bude Canal
For the area in London of the same name, see Bell Green, London Bell Green is predominantly a residential area of in the north east of Coventry, West Midlands, England about 2.5 miles from the city centre. It was once home to over 50 different types of shops but due to the current economic climate and the council charging high rental prices for out of town shopping, there now remains only a handful. Bell Green has a shopping centre called Riley Square, which has a variety of shops surrounded by flats. There is a public library and learning centre on the square. Bell Green health centre is situated just outside Riley Square. Bell Green is not high in crime but has had some trouble with anti-social behaviour in the past from neighbouring area Wood End. Dewis House, a 17-storey block of flats about 51 metres tall, is situated in Riley Square, it was completed in 1965, contains 94 flats. Henley College Coventry, was built in the 1960s and provides education to over 5,000 part-time students and 1,600 full-time students.
The college is located on Henley Road, at the edge of Bell Green
Gibbet Hill is the location of, name for the University of Warwick's southern campus, based close to the outskirts of Coventry, in the West Midlands, England. The Gibbet Hill campus is home to the School of Life Sciences, the University's Estates Office, Warwick Medical School, some maths houses; the campus has its own cafe, serving hot and cold meals throughout the day. Gibbet Hill is linked to the university's main campus by a path through Tocil Wood, as well as Gibbet Hill Road, it is one kilometre from the heart of Central Campus and takes 10–12 minutes by foot to reach Gibbet Hill. Gibbet Hill is 25–30 minutes away by foot from the Westwood Campus; the hill itself is named after the crossroads at the apex of the hill on which a scaffold for public hangings called a Gibbet used to stand. In recent years, redevelopment work has taken place at Gibbet Hill, including the conversion of some former mathematics facilities into medical teaching buildings. Gibbet Hill campus was known as'East Site', until the 1997 redevelopment and extension of the Mathematics and Biology buildings, the lecture theatres were named accordingly as ELT1 and ELT2.
They are now named GLT1 and GLT2. The Gibbet Hill site was the entire campus for the first few years of the University of Warwick's existence; the original 1960s building at the core of the development housed offices and tutorial rooms for all university departments, together with the two lecture theatres. Students in their first year shared many general lectures, whatever their subject - on the first day they were all addressed together in ELT1; the two storey building, part of the Estates Office was the original library. In 1968 the University obtained a £50,000 grant from the Nuffield Foundation to build five houses and two flats as accommodation for mathematicians visiting conferences at Warwick. At that time the university occupied Wainbody House in Stoneleigh Road and 6 Gibbet Hill Road. Wainbody House continued to be used for office accommodation until it was sold by the university in 2004 for £695,000 and converted into flats. 6 Gibbet Hill Road was rented as postgraduate accommodation for several years, but is now used by the university chaplaincy.
Gibbet Hill Road contains a number of large detached properties, many of which date from before 1930, along with Kenilworth Road & Cryfield Grange Road it is known to be Coventry's premier residential location on the Warwickshire border. The university maintained a house at 110 Kenilworth Road as the residence of its vice-chancellor; this property was sold in 1985 with the proceeds of the sale used to finance the renovation of Cryfield Farmhouse and its outbuildings for the use of Warwick's vice-chancellors. Map of Gibbet Hill campus Biological Sciences website Warwick Medical School
Stoke Aldermoor is a suburb in Coventry, West Midlands, England. An area of Stoke Aldermoor consisting of a small estate alongside the northeast of Pinley Fields is called Pinley, it is bordered by the river Sowe, Coventry Canal. During World War II, the Rootes No 1 Shadow Factory was located in Stoke Aldermoor. Four-wheel drive scout cars, tank engines, truck engines and aero engines were produced at the factory. Rootes maintained a training school in the area; the factory was more used as the Peugeot UK head office until they relocated to new purpose-built premises a short distance away in Pinley in 2008. Stoke Aldermoor is known locally in Hollywood movie fame as the place where the famous Mini sewer chase was shot for the film The Italian Job, the Minis were lowered into the newly built sewers on the outskirts of Stoke Aldermoor and driven to the Finham Sewage Works. In the television series Keeping Up Appearances, exterior shots around Daisy and Onslow's council house were filmed in Stoke Aldermoor.
Stoke Aldermoor sits in the city council ward of Lower Stoke and Labour were elected as its representatives in the May 2012 by-elections. Media related to Stoke Aldermoor at Wikimedia Commons