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19FoleshillRd
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1 of 12  Sun 10th Apr 2011 12:19pm  
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Does anyone know the origin and the name of the brook that appeared at George Eliot Rd, ran down under Eagle St, behind Springfield Rd and Howard St, ending up I think, in Swanswell Park? Could it have been an overflow from the canal? It's culverted now like the Sherbourne.
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dutchman
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2 of 12  Sun 10th Apr 2011 5:48pm  
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The brook which feeds the Swanswell is known as the River Arthur. It predates the canal by many centuries. There are many such streams in the Hillfields area which I think have since been incorporated into the rainwater drainage system?
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19FoleshillRd
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3 of 12  Mon 11th Apr 2011 5:21pm  
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Thank you Dutchman, mystery solved. We used to play in the brook, by the 5 ways bomb site in the early 50's, on our way home from John Gulson School.
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LesMac
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4 of 12  Sun 16th Sep 2012 9:56am  
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There has been a previous posts about the Coventry's River Arthur. In my recent post about Frank Walsh I mentioned Arthur St. Locals then thought that Arthur St was so called because that river ran underneath. Les
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mick
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5 of 12  Sun 16th Sep 2012 5:25pm  
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This is the alternative name for the Springfield Brook which I presume ran into the Sherbourne in the vicinity of Pool Meadow. Its upstream route was close to the Swanswell and then formed the boundary between the hospital and the properties on the south side of Howard Street. It crossed Harnall Lane at the low point and then went due north between the Foleshill Road properties and those in Eagle Street. It crossed Eagle Street and ran near the old Abbey Tyres in George Eliot Road and then crossed Foleshill Road near Matlock Road. I believe it also formed the boundary of the Kingfield Road houses which backed on to the Courtaulds Cricket Ground and I assume it rose somewhere to the north of there. The lower section was culverted in the mid 1960s. In Howard Street it was quite close to Arthur Street.
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dutchman
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6 of 12  Sun 16th Sep 2012 5:54pm  
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On 16th Sep 2012 5:25pm, mick said: This is the alternative name for the Springfield Brook which I presume ran into the Sherbourne in the vicinity of Pool Meadow.
According to ancient maps part of Springfield Brook joins the Sherbourne in Cox Street but another section runs parallel to the Sherbourne for some distance before finally merging with it mid way between far Gosford Street and Gulson Road underneath where Calcott Motors/Astley's Warehouse used to be.
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dutchman
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7 of 12  Tue 18th Sep 2012 7:36pm  
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My mistake, the section between Cox Street and Gulson Road is apparently called the "Spitalmoor Brook"! Blush
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PhilipInCoventry
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8 of 12  Wed 19th Sep 2012 8:40am  
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Hi all Wave I have seen rivers, streams & brooks called by different names on OS maps before now. Until coming on this site, I did not know where Tackford was, leave alone the brook. It's good on here. Smile
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LesMac
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9 of 12  Wed 19th Sep 2012 11:04am  
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Hi Dutchman. There used to be a pub called The Spittalmoor in, I think, Lower Ford St. May still be there for all I know. Les
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mattash
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10 of 12  Wed 19th Sep 2012 11:15am  
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Hi, The Spittalmoor is still there on the corner of Lower Ford St / Hood St but no longer a pub. Had a pic of it but lost it. Thumbs up
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Midland Red
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11 of 12  Wed 29th Jun 2016 7:00pm  
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Spittlemoor as an Arabian restaurant, 2013 Oh my
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Derrickarthur
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12 of 12  Thu 30th Jun 2016 7:30pm  
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Didn't it close after 40 nights or was it 1001 nights?
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