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petunia
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46 of 49  Mon 20th Mar 2017 5:43pm  
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Thank you so much for your replies regarding the wasteland query, cannot remember finding clay pipes, I do remember seeing trucks going along the railway, we were always warned not to go anywhere near the tracks. Someone started a fire one day in one of the disused buildings, the fire brigade was called and all the kids from miles around came to watch.
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Virtuous1
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47 of 49  Thu 9th Aug 2018 3:30pm  
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I attended Holbrooks nursery, infants and junior school from around 1969-1976, the main entrance being off Holbrooks Lane opposite Burnaby Road. At that time there were two separate school buildings, the nursery and infants in one and the juniors in another. We had a separate canteen situated by the playing field which I believe belonged to Dunlop. Schools from around Coventry use to congregate before the summer holiday for a fun afternoon of sporting activities. The main organiser of the day was a teacher named Mr Thomas. Does anyone have or know where I can obtain any photographs of the school before it was demolished please? Thank you in advance to anyone who can help. Regards Sharon
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Wallis
leicestershire
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48 of 49  Wed 5th Dec 2018 9:18pm  
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On 26th Feb 2014 3:33pm, LinB said: Bryn Thomas mentioned an incident about a boy drowning near Rotherham Rd. I remember it well, he drowned in a 'fire' water tank at the ICI factory. His mother used to own the wool shop on Everdon Road. He was only about 6yrs old if I remember rightly. Tragic affair Sad
The family lived in Sharnford in Leicestershire at the time and he is buried in Sharnford churchyard.
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OddSock
Coventry
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49 of 49  Fri 5th Apr 2019 12:51pm  
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Virtuous1 - I, too, remember Holbrooks Infant and Junior School and with great fondness. Mr Thomas was one of my favourite teachers in the junior school - but I also remember the Headteacher Mr Haw, whose face always turned deepest red when he became angry or shouted at us misbehaving angels!! Other teachers I remember. Mrs Greenham and the dreaded Mr Hartwell, who never seemed to like small kids much - strange profession to follow then??! Sadly, one of the newer teachers (I believe her name was Cathy Logan?) was killed in a motoring incident in town, outside Fishy Moores if my memory serves me right? A tree and memorial plague were planted next to the main pedestrain entrance in her memory - I still wonder what became of these when the school was demolished and the surrounding area redeveloped? During my time there (left in 1977) there were at least two arson attempts - I still remember seeing the burnt out classrooms and that awful burnt smell that lingered for weeks! The main hall was a square room that was central to the junior school - again, I vividly remember the wooden parquet flooring and those horrendous climbing ropes which I could never successfully tackle. Good memories of the playing field - in particular 'Sports Day', and wasn't there an old timber building at the rear of the school, by the pedestrian footbridge (railway crossing), used for lessons?? I have some photographs (somewhere) of the school buildings just before the bulldozers moved in - the windows were all boarded up and our beloved playing field had already been dug up to make way for the new road layout - I must try to post them for everyone!? Last but not least - does anyone else remember Mrs Brown, the lollipop lady, who made sure all of us little tots got across Holbrook Lane safely?
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