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neil40
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1 of 14  Sun 15th Feb 2015 11:38pm  
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Hello all, I am researching my Uncle, a bomber pilot in WW2, who was killed in 1944. He and his family lived in Bulls Head Lane, and I am told went to Folly Lane School. On a visit to my mums today. She directed us to the top of Humber Avenue until we reached Gosford School. Is it correct that this was the site of Folly Lane school? I presume Folly Lane existed as a street and disappeared at some time? I'd be grateful for any historical information and any old pictures of the place if they exist. Thanks for any information. Neil
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dutchman
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2 of 14  Mon 16th Feb 2015 12:27am  
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Hello Neil and welcome to the forum Wave Folly Lane was the original name for Humber Road (not to be confused with Humber Avenue). The site on which the school was originally located is now known as School Close.
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neil40
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3 of 14  Mon 16th Feb 2015 9:43am  
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Thanks for that Dutchman Looking out for an old picture of the school now!
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dutchman
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4 of 14  Mon 16th Feb 2015 1:11pm  
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This 1924 aerial view shows the original school (dead centre) in what was then still "Folly Lane" and also (to the left of it) the railway goods yard on which the later school was built: Edited by member, 8th Aug 2016 10:24 pm
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dutchman
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5 of 14  Mon 16th Feb 2015 1:26pm  
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1939 view taken from the reverse angle. Wonder what the noise was like in the neighbouring houses at playtime? Edited by member, 8th Aug 2016 10:22 pm
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dutchman
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6 of 14  Mon 16th Feb 2015 1:32pm  
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1939 close-up view of the school: Edited by member, 8th Aug 2016 10:23 pm
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pixrobin
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7 of 14  Mon 16th Feb 2015 2:10pm  
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That's now the site of Newlands Court Sheltered Housing and road leading to it is called School Lane.
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dutchman
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8 of 14  Mon 16th Feb 2015 2:31pm  
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"School Close" Smile ("School Lane" is in Exhall)
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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9 of 14  Mon 16th Feb 2015 2:46pm  
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Norman Conquest
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10 of 14  Mon 16th Feb 2015 2:54pm  
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Hi Dutchman....That factory bottom left on your first image, is that the stamping works??
Just old and knackered

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dutchman
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11 of 14  Mon 16th Feb 2015 3:36pm  
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Yes Norman Smile
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potatoface
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12 of 14  Sat 23rd May 2015 8:25pm  
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On 16th Feb 2015 1:26pm, dutchman said: 1939 view taken from the reverse angle. Wonder what the noise was like in the neighbouring houses at playtime?
It's good to see the old school again, especially from above! At the top of the picture are three roads - the right hand one is Bolingbroke Road, and I used to catch the number three bus to the terminus at Stoke Aldermoor. We were the first family to occupy our house in The Boxhill, in the early fifties. You could still smell the putty, and see the dumper trucks used by Wimpey when building the estate. I have many happy memories of both the school and the neighbourhood. Wonderful to see ones childhood suddenly on the screen!
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DBC
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13 of 14  Mon 25th May 2015 5:39pm  
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We were one of the first families to occupy one of the houses in the new part of the Barley Lea in 1953. Potatoface, did you, like me, transfer from from the old school in Humber Avenue to the newly opened Aldermoor Farm school when it opened in the mid 1950's?
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Prof
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14 of 14  Sat 26th Sep 2015 11:10pm  
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Great to see this view of Folly Lane school. I was a pupil there from 1946-49. Headmaster was Mr Kelsey; I started in Mr Batt's class, then Mr. Mr. Butler and finally Mr Thomas. Though I expect this is long before many of you were there. In the playground was an air raid shelter. In the school hall, at the end of the school year, parents were invited to attend sessions of Country Dancing by the pupils. Sometimes there were plays produced and visitors such as a man who did Charles Dicken's recitations, putting on hats appropriate to the part, made an occasional appearance, and the film Joan of Arc was shown to us. Football for the boys was on Stoke Green. Mr Kelsey visited in class and recited lengthy poems, such as 'The Highwayman' and I think 'The Charge of the Light Brigade. Another master played the piano and taught us sea shanties and folk songs. Edited by member, 26th Sep 2015 11:13 pm
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