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Tony1
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1 of 30  Thu 23rd Oct 2014 5:18pm  
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Hi Can anyone in the group recall the year or the date when the houses on the right side on the Foleshill Road (Bishop Street end / canal on the left) was demolished. I can recall the local council put Compulsory Purchase Orders on the properties to allow for a road expansion that never happened. Is my story true? Tony
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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2 of 30  Fri 24th Oct 2014 12:52am  
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You surprise me. Coventry demolishing buildings for projects that never happen! :-)
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mick
coventry
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3 of 30  Tue 28th Oct 2014 5:52pm  
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Prior to the Ring Road the main way to the north of the city was via Bishop Street and then on to the Radford Road or through Leicester Row which in effect was the bottom of the Foleshill Road. One of the first sections of the Ring Road was the replacement of KIng Street/Leicester Street - the latter of which had been widened in the 1930s. It is often forgotten that the construction of the Ring Road also included the provision of 'spurs' or 'radial roads' which included the Butts, Radford Road and Foleshill Road. These three spurs were entirely new roads and did not involve widening or even replacing existing roads. I imagine that Foleshill Road would have been constructed simultaneously or following on from King St/Leicester St. Part of the land used for the road was the former Coventry Brewery site which the Council had owned since 1912 and had used as a works depot. Surplus land on the eastern side was used for the Salvation Army Hostel and the Ambulance Station [both now gone] and on the western side of course William Bachelor and John Tofts Houses were built. There were other properties in Leicester Row including the Canal Tavern which, according to the recently published book about pubs, ceased trading in 1963 - so this tends to pin down the redevelopment of this area to circa 1960-3. I do not recall a proposed CPO that never happened unless there were thoughts of further widening on Foleshill Road but there were proposals for extensive redevelopment in the Eagle Street area which were stalled by changes made by the 1971 Planning Acts. Hope this helps.
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Tony1
Coventry
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4 of 30  Tue 2nd Dec 2014 10:23am  
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Mick. Thank you for your response
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mvb12
London
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5 of 30  Sat 3rd Oct 2015 7:03pm  
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Hi guys, can someone tell me the exact crossover on the road linking both areas change as some places state the area is Longford, are off Longford Road but are actually Foleshill and viceversa. Have looked on here and can't seem to find what I'm after.
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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6 of 30  Sat 3rd Oct 2015 7:17pm  
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Looking at maps and images from Google Street Maps, it appears that Foleshill Road becomes Longford Road at New Inn Bridge. Where the actual areas go from one to the other is often subjective when it comes to districts as many people like to 'upgrade' where there are no formal boundaries.
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johnwright
combe martim
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7 of 30  Sun 4th Oct 2015 8:49am  
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Longford does start from the New Inn bridge where the Foleshill Road changes to the Longford Road, but as Mister D-Di says, away from the Foleshill Road it becomes very vague as to where it changes from one district to the another. Some examples, Bedlam Lane starts in Foleshill but somewhere becomes Longford, Lythalls Lane starts in Foleshill but somewhere becomes Holbrooks. It does seem impossible now to define accurately where one district ends and another one starts. Foleshill used to be much larger than it is now, what is now Walsgrave used to be Foleshill for instance.
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pixrobin
Canley
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8 of 30  Sun 4th Oct 2015 11:02am  
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Same problem where I live. For almost a thousand years it was called Fletchamstead (a homestead where they grow flax). Now it is Canley. I suppose when the council decided to build houses here they thought the residents wouldn't be able to spell Fletchamstead. Big grin Big grin
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mvb12
London
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9 of 30  Tue 6th Oct 2015 1:04pm  
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Thanks guy much appreciated. Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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10 of 30  Sat 14th Jan 2017 8:51am  
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Not seen this image before of Leicester Row.
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PeterB
Mount Nod
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11 of 30  Sat 14th Jan 2017 7:11pm  
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NeilsYard, Nice find on the photo. I thought the trams used to go along Leicester Row to reach the Foleshill Road and I can't see any tram tracks in the picture. Might the picture be of the adjacent Leicester Street? Peter.

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NeilsYard
Coventry
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12 of 30  Sun 15th Jan 2017 8:32am  
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Hi Peter Wave I think you could be right - I'm looking at maps around 1900 and even then there were tram lines along Leicester Row. The only image I have of Leicester Street is in the Leicester Street Industrial Home for Girls thread and the cobbles do look similar. I was only going off the book it was taken from - good spot! Edited by member, 15th Jan 2017 8:32 am
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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13 of 30  Sun 15th Jan 2017 11:10am  
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NeilsYard, does the book give you any idea why the photo was taken, the four guys are in Sunday best clothes, so it was taken on a Sunday. This is a first class photo for 1926, no one had a camera like that, except the press, and he seems to have caught the four guys as they came out of the pathway, through the gardens, so where were they going? I'm a little suspicious of the 1926/7 years and Foleshill. I seem to think there was a large grocery warehouse about where the derelict houses are in the thirties, but a little farther back from the road.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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14 of 30  Sun 15th Jan 2017 11:41am  
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Sorry Kaga - it was taken from an image on one of the Coventry FB pages which I had not seen before so not sure which book it was from. Looking at maps I think the photographer could be at the junction with Leicester Row but looking east along the atreet. Edited by member, 15th Jan 2017 11:44 am
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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15 of 30  Sun 15th Jan 2017 11:56am  
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The photo is actually in the "Library pictures" - link - as Leicester Street Thumbs up
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