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BrotherJoybert
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1 of 35  Tue 9th Feb 2010 1:43pm  
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From the photo sharing website, flickr: Dunlop No 1 Drawing Office 1950's
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morgana
the secret garden
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2 of 35  Tue 4th Dec 2012 10:09pm  
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Passing the old grounds of the Dunlop I noticed it was to let 50p per square metre. I thought what a shame such waste. I then thought why are they not using this land for building houses instead of building on the green belt, it would still earn money
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Baz
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3 of 35  Tue 11th Dec 2012 8:22pm  
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I've seen trucks just today going in there Morgana. Looks like you may have spoken too soon. Don't know what they are doing, but in the midst, there was a digger. They do seem to be clearing that bit of land. I don't know the gate no. but it is next to the sports ground on Burnaby Rd. Smile
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morgana
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4 of 35  Tue 11th Dec 2012 10:44pm  
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Thank you Baz Thumbs up Perhaps the council has nicked my idea Oh my Lol On Beake Avenue side the gates are still locked, land barren, when I went past last week, I'll see if I can check tomorrow on the Beake Ave side, let's hope they are, seems more sense to build houses on an already built up area than digging up our countryside. Hi Baz, no work Beake Ave side, the other day you saw them on Burnaby Road, digging machines that might have been the changing of the lampposts the town are renewing.
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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5 of 35  Sat 15th Dec 2012 4:38pm  
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I think the old Dunlop site has planning app in for a housing estate. Dunlop are moving to a new factory at Prologis Park, I think.
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morgana
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6 of 35  Sat 15th Dec 2012 4:44pm  
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Thank you Flapdoodle Thumbs up for that information. I am pleased it's going to a good use, might save our green belt bits, hopefully.
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Ron
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7 of 35  Thu 31st Oct 2013 12:28pm  
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On 24th Oct 2013 7:49pm, Annewiggy said: Thought I'd posted this but it seems to have disappeared! Regarding the railway line in Burnaby Road, in the book "We reinvented the wheel" by Ron Vice there is a picture taken in 2002 showing the track between 24 and 26 Burnaby Road, showing the line still in position but covered by weeds and the shed where "Tin Lizzie" once stood. There is also a diagram showing two lines going through Burnaby Road, one half way between the Pilot and Holbrook Lane from opposite the White House, and another close to Holbrook Lane. They join close to the Black Pad bridge and continue towards the munitions sidings. Unfortunately it does not show if they join the main line. I can't post the pictures on here as it is a fairly recent book.
The Munitions Sidings was the point at which this bit of railway joined the Coventry to Nuneaton line. The 'Burnaby Road' site was first built by White and Poppe to meet a contract they had from the Ministry of Munitions during the First World War, for the manufacture of fuses and their insertion into shells. The railway was built to bring materials in, and move completed shells out. The loaded wagons were collected from the Munitions Sidings (hence the name) and moved onwards by the London and North Western Railway. After the end of hostilities, White and Poppe no longer required the entire factory. This led to the first establishment of Dunlop and its later associated businesses on the site. White and Poppe finally closed in the early 1930s, by which time Dunlops business was growing at a such a pace that they took over the entire factory, and indeed later expanded outside of the original site. The railway continued to bring materials in, but by now it was scrap metal that was moved off the site by rail. Contrary to what some people might remember, the railway had ceased to operate by at least early 1963, although the exact date is proving a bit of a problem to establish. Certainly the connection over Black Pad was well and truly rusted in that June. The internal user wagons were stored in the sidings alongside the Black Pad footpath, where they were all later scrapped. This railway was actually operated as a seperate concern, The Whitmore Park Private Estates Railway Ltd, which in later years was entirely owned by Dunlop. Should anybody have ANY photographs taken anywhere on this railway, I would be delighted to see them.
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Ron
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8 of 35  Thu 31st Oct 2013 12:46pm  
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A very recent photograph off the Black Pad footbridge shows the view towards Daimler Halt. The truncated remains of one of the Courtaulds chimneys is on the left. To the right is where the Whitmore Park Private Estates Railway came in from the Dunlop factory, which is way behind and off to the right of my right shoulder. The Munitions Sidings were also on the right, roughly in line with the rear of this train. This is the view towards Black Pad. The railway crossed the foreground at 45 degrees and passed through the clearly visible gap between the brickwork and second fence line. Here it split; to the right, it passed to the rear of what is now Federal Mogul, before crossing Burnaby Road at the lower of the two crossings. To the left, there were a couple of sidings that ran parallel with Black Pad, before one track swung to the right and entered Dunlop after crossing Burnaby Road at the higher of the two crossings (ie, the one nearer the Pilot).
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Midland Red
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9 of 35  Tue 5th Nov 2013 8:52am  
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The Dunlop railway line can be seen in these two images from "Britain from Above" from the north from the south
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Ron
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10 of 35  Tue 5th Nov 2013 12:39pm  
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Thank you very much!
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kate88
nuneaton
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11 of 35  Tue 4th Feb 2014 11:25am  
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Hi, does anybody remember the Dunlop fair in Lythalls Lane in the 1950's and 60's? Has anyone got any photos?
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PhilipInCoventry
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12 of 35  Tue 4th Feb 2014 12:05pm  
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Hello Kate & welcome to our forum Wave
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Disorganised1
Coventry
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13 of 35  Wed 5th Feb 2014 2:21am  
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I remember it - on the St Luke's fields behind the houses by Sunningdale Avenue. I once won a 'pig' in bowling for a pig when I was about 7. I was quite happy when I found out the 'pig' was Ten Bob. I remember entering the balloon race, and watching it get stuck in a tree. I was taken by my autie Doris and Uncle Tad. Ted and Doris Harper, the lived in Rotherham Road. Sorry - no pictures.
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Tommo58
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14 of 35  Wed 5th Feb 2014 11:29pm  
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I remember the Dunlop fair very well. I lived just off Lythalls Lane nearly opposite the entrance to the Dunlop sports field, it was one of the highlights of our year to spend the whole day (always a Saturday) over the Dunlop. The show ring always in the middle of the field there would be many interesting shows to watch and in between shows walk around the fair which was always set up along the back of the field near to the railway lines. My mum loved the darts stalls and we always ended up with numerous goldfish and dinner plates. Before the fair we would watch the marquees and the fairground rides being erected and of course watching them come down afterwards, it was also a major operation to get the fairground vehicles onto the field as the entrance on Lythalls Lane was very narrow though it was later widened and gated. Sadly shortly after the fair was stopped but they were certainly happy times.
TCS

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Kaga simpson
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15 of 35  Thu 13th Oct 2016 11:34am  
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Tommo58, I lived in Lythalls Lane for a short spell, about two doors from the entrance to the playing field, the cinder path came round between our garage and the field, but we were there through the winter, so never saw the fair.
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