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Greylad
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1 of 16  Mon 23rd Dec 2013 2:45pm  
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I am looking for information about a group called Highbury Ladies Physical Culture Club which was active around 1920. I have established that it was a Coventry group. I am hoping that someone can suggest a reason for the choice of name. Is there Coventry link?
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Midland Red
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2 of 16  Mon 23rd Dec 2013 3:23pm  
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Photos here on the Historic Coventry site
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Annewiggy
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3 of 16  Mon 23rd Dec 2013 4:39pm  
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Hi Greyland. Looking through the on line newspaper site there are references to Highbury School and a junior football team called Highbury Athletic in Coventry newspapers. Unfortunately I cannot find out any more about where Highbury School was but there could be a connection.
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deanocity3
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4 of 16  Mon 23rd Dec 2013 10:26pm  
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There is a very large property in Meriden on the Berkswell road called Highbury House if that's any help
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Midland Red
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5 of 16  Tue 24th Dec 2013 11:46am  
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The more I look at this, the more I am drawn to Highbury Place, Abbotts Lane In 1914, the instructress of the Highbury club is named in the Coventry Evening Telegraph as Mrs J A Noble - to me, that suggests she was the wife of Mr J A Noble, as that's how things were in those days! A quick look at the 1911 census shows a Noble family, headed by John Alfred (accountant at Corporation Gas Works), living a 2 Highbury Place, Abbotts Lane Is this a lead, I wonder (at least to where the name may have come from)? Roll eyes PS In 1917 Mr J A Noble was treasurer of the Coventry Ladies Physical Culture Association - well, as an accountant, he would be, wouldn't he? Big grin
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deanocity3
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6 of 16  Tue 24th Dec 2013 3:53pm  
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Lots on the genesreunited site about them, see old Cov Telegraph from 1915
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Midland Red
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7 of 16  Tue 24th Dec 2013 5:29pm  
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I've read through many newspaper reports, but none give any sort of clue to where the club was based - there are details of competition results, event appearances, etc. but nothing to give any firm information about the club, other than the Highbury name coincidence I reported earlier Highbury School is mentioned, as is Highbury Athletic FC Incidentally, the Nobles appear to have been very active in a number of groups and associations in Coventry
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deanocity3
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8 of 16  Tue 24th Dec 2013 7:06pm  
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Not sure where Highbury Place is but here's the top of Abbotts Lane
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Greylad
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9 of 16  Mon 30th Dec 2013 5:34pm  
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My thanks to everyone who responded to my query. The group would need a sizeable room to practise their routines, which leads me to think that Highbury School, wherever it was, may have been their headquarters. On the other hand, the involvement of the Noble family, who happened to live at Highbury place, must be a possibility for the source of the club's name.
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NeilsYard
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10 of 16  Thu 5th Jul 2018 9:14pm  
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Bit of a thread revival but whilst looking for something else I noticed Highbury Place located on this 1954 map - it was on Abbotts Lane here as per Deano's photo - not sure what happened to it though? Edited by member, 5th Jul 2018 9:17 pm
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Annewiggy
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11 of 16  Thu 5th Jul 2018 9:47pm  
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Neil, in 1968 there is a wedding picture of a marriage of someone living in Highbury Place but in 1970 there is an article about looking for someone whose relative is ill but it says the last known address 3 Highbury Place is demolished so went between 68 and 70 if that is any help.
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NeilsYard
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12 of 16  Thu 5th Jul 2018 10:00pm  
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Thanks again Anne - just wonder why it was demolished - it wasn't in the way of the Ring Road?
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Heathite
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13 of 16  Fri 6th Jul 2018 6:29am  
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This directory shows it is still there.
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Annewiggy
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14 of 16  Fri 6th Jul 2018 2:13pm  
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Sorry Heathite but the article dated October 1970 says they are looking for Alfred Walton of 3 Highbury Place, that is the only address they have for him which has been demolished. His brother was seriously ill.
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Heathite
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15 of 16  Sat 7th Jul 2018 9:23am  
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Thank you for that Anne. Alfred WALTON is actually on the listing for the 1972 Coventry directory, are the records not updated?
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