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Disorganised1
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16 of 25  Fri 20th Nov 2015 3:22am  
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I have a lot of memories from here: Being taken to visit my grandmother and being smuggled in under my grandfather's coat because children were not allowed on the ward. She said she would die if she went into hospital, though in reality they only had her in to give her some bed-rest. But she said she'd die - so she did. Visiting my grandfather when he was in one of the wards, then sitting at his house waiting for him to come home. He was kept waiting in the ambulance on a freezing winter's day and he caught pneumonia and died. My friend's father was caretaker during the period between it being closed as a hospital and opened as a hotel. Another old Henry's boy, Rich Moule. We'd play football in the wards, or scare each other telling ghost stories about mad surgeons and medical accidents. My father was a friend of Fred Kilpatrick and he often used to pop in for lunch or a chat, then call for me to come and collect him. Spud worked here as a waiter and I used to pick him up from the staff quarters when we were going out, or we'd take some scrumpy in and play music. One of my daughter's had her wedding reception here, and I wandered round with one of the manager's trying to remember how the place used to be laid out.
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Little Nut
France
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17 of 25  Fri 1st Apr 2016 4:22pm  
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Yet another with Meriden on her passport. Forget the 2 farms, I am really proud to come from the centre of England i.e. Meriden. I was born there, had my engagement party there as well as my wedding reception - watch out, if it ever becomes an undertakers I will know my days are numbered!! I do remember it often being difficult to book a table for the carvery, to celebrate family events etc., as coach parties came from all over to sample the experience. I believe some years later after I had moved away it became a Medieval Carvery. Regards, Little Nut
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mickw
nuneaton
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18 of 25  Fri 1st Apr 2016 5:45pm  
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I remember many years ago my uncle treated all of our side of the family to a carvery meal to celebrate his wedding anniversary, it was the first time we'd all had a carvery. A chap had piled his plate so high he was having a job to carry it without food falling off the plate, my mum spotted him and nudged me and said "Look at that, eyes bigger than the belly". She'd no sooner said it when he slipped and the lot ended up on the floor. Needless to say the next plate was less overloaded when he walked back to his table, with a very red face, to his adoring wife who didn't stop chewing his ear off for the rest of the evening. Cheers Thumbs up
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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19 of 25  Fri 1st Apr 2016 6:33pm  
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My late father was a patient in Keresley for some weeks in the mid-1950s, very ill with renal colic. I recall it as a dismal place, but nevertheless he received wonderful treatment, recovering afterwards at a nursing home in Kenilworth. I also recall it as the place I first tasted white chocolate, which a fellow visitor shared with me.
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Skybluethinker
South Cambs
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20 of 25  Sat 28th Dec 2019 10:16pm  
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On 29th Aug 2011 3:31pm, JohnB said: My wife was born at the Royal Court (as it is now). She was registered at Meriden & was supposed to be called Suzanne, unfortunately her mother was unsure how to spell it so she ended up as Susan!!! Oh my I was also registered at Meriden having been a home birth at Corley Moor John
I too was born here, in 1949, and I recall my parents referring to it as the Keresley Maternity Hospital (or Home). I've always been rather intrigued that my birth certificate gives Meriden as place of birth. Edited by member, 28th Dec 2019 10:29 pm
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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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21 of 25  Sun 29th Dec 2019 12:29am  
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I too was born in Keresley Hospital (in the 50s), and the "Meriden" on my birth certificate has always puzzled me. Roll eyes
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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22 of 25  Sun 29th Dec 2019 8:00am  
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Meriden was the “Registration District” which cover the location of the hospital at Keresley - see this link Thumbs up
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lolipop
arley
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23 of 25  Mon 30th Dec 2019 11:57am  
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I was born in Keresley Hospital in 1946. Mum and dad only lived in Rollason Rd right opposite the Pilot. My wife was also born in Keresley in 1947 when there was a very bad snow and her dad walked from Whitefriars St to get there. At 8 years old I had an eye operation and I have vivid memory of the ward being in a building on the left as you went in the entrance to the grounds. Meriden is on my Birth Certificate as well. Edited by member, 30th Dec 2019 11:59 am
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Prof
Gloucester
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24 of 25  Wed 1st Jan 2020 5:31pm  
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On 28th Aug 2011 6:49pm, PhilipInCoventry said: I cannot find any history on-line regards The Royal Court or Keresley Hall as I believe it once was. I may have to see what it says in the 'Victoria History of Coventry'. Can anyone on here help? I was born there when it was the Hospital. Smile For such a large building not to have history is most strange. It's as though the history is hidden intentionally. Big grin
Philip, the VCH vol viii, Coventry, gives little information of Keresley Hall, merely lists it with other 19th century built houses (p.81). You can see this on line! Edited by member, 1st Jan 2020 5:34 pm
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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25 of 25  Wed 1st Jan 2020 6:46pm  
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From articles in the newspaper archives. Keresley Hall was built in the mid 1870’s about the same time as Coundon Court and Keresley Grange. It was bought in 1927 with the Alcock Trust of £12,000 left by the late Mr John Alcock to be a convalescent hospital to be know as the Alcock Convalescent Hospital. It was the home of the late Mr William Hillman and was being sold by his relatives. In 1836 Keresley Grange was the home of Mr Hugh Rotherham, to be demolished for a housing estate and of course Coundon Court, the home of Mr George Singer, became a school.
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