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Ken Dickson
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16 of 26  Tue 3rd Feb 2015 8:09pm  
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I attended Stoke Heath Primary School infants and juniors from aged 5 to 11, (1947-53). There was also a nursery attached to the school which I attended prior to the infants. I enjoyed my time at Stoke Heath, Mr. Chadbourne was headmaster at that time. The teachers must have been OK as they got me through my 11+. The attached photo is the Stoke Heath School football team and reserves in 1952-53. The photo was taken on Stoke Heath common, Valley Road in the background and the park keeper's hut just visible. back row l - r : Hancox, Woodward, Craig, Bedding, Dickson, Boneham, Hill, Dutton. Front row l - r : Holden, Swift, Engleman, Fairchild, Evans, Davidson, Roddiss, Stokes, Davoile. When that term ended we all went our separate ways to the various secondary schools in the city. Some members may recognise the names from the secondary schools. I went to the Technical School (then Woodlands), Arthur Fairchild to Stoke Secondary, David Evans in 1954 to Caludon (he became a very good rugby player), John Engleman to Bablake, some to Freddies and so on.
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galla1966
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17 of 26  Sat 10th Sep 2016 1:17pm  
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On 8th Jul 2011 3:53am, would be if could be said: Hello from a winter's day in Adelaide, Australia I have tried to find info. on this suburb, have spent hours on computer looking at lots of sites, but not had much luck, lived there from 1949 till 1955, and went to Stoke Heath school, what I would like to know is: 1. when were the houses in Meadway, Hillside built. 2. for whom were they built. 3. why were they called 'notorious' (do realise that it was a poorer suburb) 4. where can I find info. about the old Stoke Heath school. On my last trip to the UK in 2009 took a drive around the area to find that half the houses in Meadway had been pulled down, new ones being built, the other half boarded up, also the old school had gone. The computer site for new school said that the old one was Victorian, so must have been built in the late 1800's. Hope there is someone out in 'puter' land who has some information. From someone who would live in Coventry if she could Wave
I lived in Meadway from 1966 to 1980, they were built in the 30s and owned by Coventry Council at the time I was there, they were notorious more when I was there in the seventies, crime was a normal thing then. I went to old Stoke Heath School and loved it, was really sad to see it knocked down Sad
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Heathite
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18 of 26  Sat 10th Sep 2016 2:31pm  
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Hi all, does anyone have any photographs of Stoke Heath School from the early 50's? Thanks.

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B06
coventry
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19 of 26  Wed 21st Sep 2016 8:34pm  
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Hi, I took some photos of the old school just before it was knocked down. But I'm not too sure if it looked the same as in the 1950's.
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slash1
northampton
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20 of 26  Sat 24th Sep 2016 5:41pm  
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Lots of familiar faces there. What a memory. They were all older than me, but I do remember quite a few as being friends of my brother.
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slash1
northampton
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21 of 26  Sat 24th Sep 2016 5:45pm  
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Attended Stoke Heath School, along with other family members, me, 1949 til 1955. Loved it. Remember Mrs Garlick, Mrs Moore and Mr Knight. Had friends in Hillside, lovely people, poor in monetary terms but plenty of spirit. My friends family, Jimmy Smith I think, were always very generous and offered you food. Believe that serious criminality came later, late 60's /70's.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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22 of 26  Sun 25th Sep 2016 10:44am  
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From Wikipedia: A small area of the district was home to the notorious "HMV" (Hillside, Meadway, Valley Road) area of housing owned by Whitefriars Housing Association, but this was demolished during 2003-04.
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w-aussie
perth w.a.
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23 of 26  Thu 24th Nov 2016 11:20am  
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On 9th Feb 2013 9:50pm, Greg said: Many thanks, Biggles. I went there from about 1947 to 1953 and have many happy memories. Was interested to hear about the smelly toilets (not much changed there then) and had forgotten that Mr. Chadbourne was headmaster.
Yea Biggles, remember putting your hand up for a toilet break & then seeing if you could "wee" over the brick wall? Also Knight & Dixon were great teachers
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argon
new milton
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24 of 26  Fri 25th Nov 2016 12:03pm  
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I went to Stoke Heath school 1946-48. My memory is patchy. I seem to remember a very tall teacher, bald headed, called Mr. Manlove. Can anyone confirm.

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Heathite
Coventry
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25 of 26  Fri 25th Nov 2016 5:49pm  
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Hi, if anyone has an Ancestry subscription I think Frederick Manlove can be seen here. http://trees.ancestry.co.uk/tree/64961565/family?cfpid=40424565808 Link Apparently he was born in Erdington (1910). His father was a police constable (Rowland). He can also be found in some Coventry directories living at 91 Wallace Road. He is listed there in the 1935 (as Frederick), in the 1937 as Rowland. In 1955 number 91 Wallace Road has disappeared (was this an error or was it bombed? it's an end terrace), it reappears in 1960 with F R Manlove living there. I do not remember him, I was at the school from the middle 50's.
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argon
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26 of 26  Sat 26th Nov 2016 11:20am  
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Thank you Heathite, I was wondering if I had the name wrong. I remember walking up Wyken Way to go to school during the winter of '47 with the snow drifts at the sides of the roads above my head (I was smaller then). The 1/3 pint bottles of milk at playtime frozen, and cold classrooms. Happy days.
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