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mcsporran
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46 of 50  Sun 9th Aug 2015 12:35pm  
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Looking at the various dates available at old-maps.co.uk, it seems that the western side of the triangle was merely a path in 1889, then in 1906 it is marked as a recreation ground, though there must have been quite a slope if it was used for playing games. The pathway is then back by 1960 and sometime thereafter it becomes a roadway, both the other sides then being marked as Old Church Rd.
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Norman Conquest
Allesley
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47 of 50  Sun 9th Aug 2015 5:05pm  
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Almost opposite our house was the top end of that footpath. It went down a slope and joined Bell Green Rd near the police box. There was a rowan tree on the right of the path.it can be seen on the second McNamara photograph. I don't ever remember it being used as a recreation ground, as you say there was quite a slope on the path but to the left of it, on Bell Green Rd was a retaining wall that made the left side quite level but it was strewn with brickwork. This wall can be seen on the McNamara link.On the point of the triangle and part of Old Church Rd was the remains of a wall but no more than two or three bricks high. I don't know if it was part of a building that once stood there or just a wall to enclose that triangle of land.
Just old and knackered

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Cgtaylor
Coventry
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48 of 50  Tue 3rd Nov 2015 9:32pm  
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I am wondering if anyone had any old photos of Old Church Road near Kundert and Co as I need to find out what my house once was, as it is quite old
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Helen F
Warrington
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49 of 50  Wed 4th Nov 2015 8:56am  
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Hi, the only photos I know of Old Church road are on Britain From Above, based on the Courtaulds works - if you register you can zoom in. Most of the photos are based on factories so it's worth searching through all the Coventry collection for neighbouring areas. Courtaulds in Coventry, Little Heath
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Kerbstone
Auckland NZ
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50 of 50  Sat 3rd Sep 2016 3:09am  
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On 7th Aug 2015 1:09pm, walrus said: The large field between Sewall Highway and Nuffield Rd was a great place to play. Football, cricket, chopping branches for bonfires. There was a massive one built every year and every year someone lit it prematurely. A group of lads dug out a cycle speedway track and had meets there around late 50s early 60s. I think they were called Coventry Eagles or Foleshill Eagles, something eagles anyway. We went onto that land for Nature Study when at Courthouse Green Primary. We must have been experts at nettles, dandelions and dock leaves. So sad to see my lovely little school now gone.
The pushbike racing on that track was very popular as I remember, it drew crowds of people and D Di did a roaring trade. The kids participating were as keen as mustard, dressed themselves up like real speedway stars and put everything into it. That's about all I can remember. Were there any prizes or was it just for the glory? How long did it go for before it fizzled out, did other places have races and were any photos taken?

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