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DebbieA
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1 of 20  Fri 6th Dec 2019 2:32pm  
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Dead Lane has come up on my family tree and I am just curious as to where it is/was. I assume, looking at the 1939 register that it would be around St Giles Parish Church, Exhall. But where? Many thanks.
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NeilsYard
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2 of 20  Fri 6th Dec 2019 2:42pm  
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Looks like it was the original name for St Giles Road - or it certainly followed most of its line -
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DebbieA
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3 of 20  Fri 6th Dec 2019 2:51pm  
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Wow that was very quick! Thanks very much for responding. D
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Helen F
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4 of 20  Fri 6th Dec 2019 3:44pm  
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In 1938 there were no homes and it was called Dead Lane. By 1948 there are a load of houses and it's called St Giles Road. I wonder why the name change Wink Terraces to the south and semis to the north end. What look like an unfinished set of six semis nearest to the church. St Giles Rd in 1948
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NeilsYard
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5 of 20  Fri 6th Dec 2019 4:28pm  
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I'm guessing they thought no-one wanted to live in 'Dead Lane!' Be good for Halloween though Oh my
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DebbieA
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6 of 20  Fri 6th Dec 2019 4:28pm  
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Thanks Helen. Now, most of the land between Dead Lane (St Giles) and Vicarage Lane is now built on, Deans Way, Ash Green School and playing fields, only plot 227, next to the Church Hall is still land (park). D.
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DebbieA
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7 of 20  Fri 6th Dec 2019 4:34pm  
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On 6th Dec 2019 4:28pm, NeilsYard said: I'm guessing they thought no-one wanted to live in 'Dead Lane!' Be good for Halloween though Oh my
St Giles is a much better name. People were living in Dead Lane on the 1939 register.
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Harrier
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8 of 20  Fri 6th Dec 2019 9:29pm  
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I feel much better knowing that I was married nearly 50 years ago in St Giles Lane rather than Dead Lane
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Annewiggy
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9 of 20  Fri 6th Dec 2019 10:23pm  
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From the newspaper archives the residents were asking for the name to be changed in 1947 and suggested St Giles Road. The first time it is mentioned is 1948
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DebbieA
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10 of 20  Fri 6th Dec 2019 10:54pm  
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On 6th Dec 2019 9:29pm, Harrier said: I feel much better knowing that I was married nearly 50 years ago in St Giles Lane rather than Dead Lane
Hadn't thought about that. My parents got married there and are now buried in the Churchyard. I bet not many, if anyone, living in St Giles Road today know it's former name. Edited by member, 6th Dec 2019 10:59 pm
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DebbieA
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11 of 20  Fri 6th Dec 2019 10:55pm  
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On 6th Dec 2019 10:23pm, Annewiggy said: From the newspaper archives the residents were asking for the name to be changed in 1947 and suggested St Giles Road. The first time it is mentioned is 1948
Thanks for the info. D
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Derrickarthur
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12 of 20  Sat 7th Dec 2019 7:55am  
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Early maps that show St Giles Road as Dead Lane also show Blackberry Lane as Rookery Lane but the big house was listed as Blackberry House. The farm at the end of the lane near the pools was/is Rookery Farm. I suppose [as the crow flies] it isn't far to Rookery Lane off Nunts Lane.
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Helen F
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13 of 20  Sat 7th Dec 2019 9:57am  
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Dead Lane in Coventry also changed its name but more interesting is why it had the name in the first place. There is a theory that it was so named after a particularly deadly pass of the plague, wiping out most of the residents. Dead Lane Exhall was empty prior to its renaming. Might it have once been more populous but that everyone was wiped out? Or is there a more subtle reason for 'Dead' lanes?
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argon
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14 of 20  Sat 7th Dec 2019 11:18am  
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In the case of St Giles I assumed that it was called Dead Lane because there was a cemetery nearby?
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DebbieA
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15 of 20  Sat 7th Dec 2019 2:20pm  
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Thanks to everyone for all of your very informative responses. At least I know where my relative was living on the 1939 Register and where Dead Lane was. D
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