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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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241 of 255  Mon 15th Aug 2016 8:18am  
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At school, when asked where I lived, I couldn't give the true answer, without a lengthy explanation of what and where Canley Gardens was. It lies between Canley and Earlsdon, so if I said Canley, the response was "Pwoaarh - that's a rough area!". Earlsdon got "Oo, ay say old bean, la-di-dah, everyone in Earlsdon is a snob". It's called stereotyping. The top end of Canley had a reputation. Everyone had heard about the infamous Miller gang. Their reputation spread as far as Canley Gardens. "You don't mess with the Miller gang." In recent years a lady who has since retired, i.e. she's a few years older than I, and who for many years lived near the Canley shops in Prior Deram, knew all about the Miller gang, but had never actually met any of them. I have yet to find anyone who has actually encountered them. Back in the seventies, certain areas of Coventry were referred to by tradesmen as Dodge City 1, 2, and 3. Canley was not one of them. They were Wood End, Bell Green and Willenhall respectively.
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pixrobin
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242 of 255  Fri 11th Nov 2016 12:55pm  
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Looking at the Coventry Telegraph earlier I noted that the McDonalds being refurbished is on Arlington Business Park, Never heard of it by that name before. So how much of the previous Standard-Triumph works forms Arlington?

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Midland Red
Cherwell
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243 of 255  Tue 15th Nov 2016 9:49am  
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£10million redevelopment plan for Canley - report
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Moving on
Northampton
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244 of 255  Tue 11th Apr 2017 5:34pm  
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Looking for old school friends fron Sir Henry Parkes, Canley - Phyllis Gibson, Sandra Munrow, Anna Chapman. And anyone who was at that school when I was there. Pamela Brown, now Wright - lived John Rous Avenue.
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TonyS
Coventry
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245 of 255  Tue 11th Apr 2017 6:03pm  
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Hi Pamela, welcome to our forum. As I'm sure you've already discovered there are a number of our members who are ex-pupils of the school. May I ask what years you were there and whose class(es) you were in? I must say your name seems familiar, but I can't place it (yet!)
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55 Vincent Black Shadow
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246 of 255  Sun 16th Apr 2017 8:44pm  
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Hello Moving on (Pamela), I used to live in Templar's Fields and I remember you very well along with all the people you have mentioned and as noted by TonyS, there are many others on this site that will also remember you. In fact, I was recently talking to someone from Mayor's Croft about you (and others that you listed) so it is somewhat ironic that you have surfaced at this time. I hope life is treating you well.
Chris Harden

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Midland Red
Cherwell
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247 of 255  Wed 8th Nov 2017 12:07pm  
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News report showing £22m student village plan for the Canley Sports & Social Club site
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Slopeman44
Coventry, The Dovecotes
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248 of 255  Thu 14th Dec 2017 7:52pm  
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I joined the forum a couple of days ago, really enjoy skimming through the sites on Woodlands School (I was there between 1955/59) and the Canley topics. From around 1947 I lived in Charter Avenue, dead opposite Freeburn Causeway at No.27 in a terrace of 4 with an covered entry between us and No.29. I remember the new houses being built on the corner of Kirby Corner Road where the island for Tescos now stands, as kids we were fascinated by the big lorries and were often allowed to sit in the cabs. A mob of little tearaways then, my mates were Keith "Bumble" Prestidge who lived in the first of the new houses actually on Charter Avenue. We called him Bumble because he had a badge on his jacket with a bee on it. Other members, Steve Murray who lived next door at No.25, his cousin Paul Rushworth who lived at No.30, occasionally Robert Worthington but only when his mum wasn't around, she didn't approve of us scruffs! We'd spend most of the day playing in the cowfields bordering Kirby Corner and Charter Avenue, all the way up to the Crematorium. They led up to a pond and then Shultern Lane and the farm buildings beyond in Nightingale Road, we used to think one of them was haunted! I attended the little school where the police station is opposite the fire station on the A45. Used to walk to school every day down the Black Pad which followed Canley Brook from the bottom of Moat House Lane to the school. Crossed the A45 without incident (I think) 4 times a day from the age of 5 to around 7 when I moved to Sir Henry Parkes. Fond memories of Mr Rea, lovely bloke. One vivid memory - a bad winter and me and my older brother were running across the "dump" to home for lunch. He jumped the brook, I followed and my feet skidded on the ice and I fell backwards into the brook. My brother helped me out and I ran crying all the way home. I remember my coat was sticking out behind me - frozen. I think I had the afternoon off! We later moved (I don't know why) up the road to a semi at No.47 where I lived until I got married in 1969. My early teens and formative years were spent there, many fond memories. Some names I remember from the dim-distant - Eric Hollingsworth, Sandra Samson, a lovely girl who lived near Eric surname Warwick?, Len Wassall, Dennis Ingram and his sister Pat.Opposite us lived the Dixon, I was mates with their son Robert or Nobby as he was known. The Rogers family lived further up towards Sheriff Avenue, also the Booker family. I used to love going over to play records on Tony Booker's auto-change machine. His brother was in air-traffic control at Heathrow and somehow got early copies of rock 'n' roll records, we played an LP "A date with Elvis" constantly. Tony "Ginna" Malone, a mate of my brother lived in Moat House Lane, I grew up with his sister Sheila. She was a tomboy as a kid, didn't see her for a while then one day I see this vision with glorious auburn hair walking past my house, I dashed over and there she was, confident as as a film star and looking like one, on her way to meet her boyfriend, we'd have been 12 or 13 then. Spud Taylor was the local Teddy Boy, my hero! One day he stopped to have a word, we stood on the corner of Freeburn and Charter and he offered me a cigarette - I was over the Moon, chatting with my hero and smoking a fag! Unfortunately Paul Rushworth's dad came up Freeburn and I had to put it out sharpish! Other names - Maureen Ireland, my first kiss was with her, probably around 8 or 9 years old, we were in the pantomime at Henry Parkes and while we waited to go on stage we played a game of truth, dare or whatever it was called. My dare was to kiss Maureen - loved it, couldn't get enough! She married Norman Coton who lived next door but one to me at No.51. Lesley Owen lived in Wendiburgh Street, one of my first "girl-friends", George Blake lived on the corner of Wendiburgh and Mitchell Avenue, his brother, Len I think, was a self-professed hard-case and Sheila Malone's boy-friend, much to my disgust! Edited by member, 15th Dec 2017 12:01 pm
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Seabreeze
Wiltshire
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249 of 255  Wed 17th Jan 2018 11:48am  
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Toogoods worked around Tile Hill, Allesley, Coundon, Canley areas. Working very long hours, especially Christmas time. He did not have a mobile chip van.
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Bibbles
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250 of 255  Tue 24th Apr 2018 12:01pm  
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Does anyone know the name of the footpath that runs from Fletchamstead Highway to Moat House Cottages. It is at the rear of Canley Fire Station and Canley Park.
Beverley Wishart

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Tony1
Coventry
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251 of 255  Tue 24th Apr 2018 6:25pm  
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You have right place, whether it's accessible today I am not sure. Many years ago I walked the path seven days a week to deliver papers in the mid 1950's. During that time the path followed the Canley Brook and the nearby field was an open Council Tip.
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TonyS
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252 of 255  Tue 24th Apr 2018 7:32pm  
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In all the years I used it I never heard it referred to by name.
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RLCherrington
London
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253 of 255  Thu 26th Apr 2018 7:58pm  
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Hi there and great to read your post about Canley. There are some names there of people I knew/know though I lived at the other end of Canley, in a steel house. Some others on this forum probably have been in touch with you as well. You might like to read some posts about Canley I wrote for www.municipaldreams.com, they are still getting a lot of comments from former Canley kids. all the best to you, Ruth
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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254 of 255  Thu 26th Apr 2018 8:03pm  
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Hi Ruth, Lovely to hear from you again. That "municipaldreams" website doesn't seem to be responding I'm afraid - has it moved to another address?
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pixrobin
Canley
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255 of 255  Sun 29th Apr 2018 11:10pm  
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https://municipaldreams.wordpress.com/
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