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Winnie
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1 of 11  Tue 9th Oct 2012 1:59pm  
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Hi, does anyone have any pictures of either Coundon Primary School or Coundon Court Comprehensive from the 1940s or 1950s? My mum went to school there, primary from 1949-1954 and secondary school 1954-1960. I'd love to get some photos together for her as she doesn't have any, so please get in touch if you have! Cheers
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mick
coventry
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2 of 11  Wed 10th Oct 2012 2:29pm  
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I am sorry I do not have any pictures of the old school apart from a class photo in my final year in 1956. I have been in the entrance of the current school and there are some old photos displayed there. My photo of Miss Briggs' class shows there were 49 of us and I have a recollection that in 1950 when I started the class sizes were even larger. They reduced circa 1952/3 when St Christophers and Hollyfast primaries were built.
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stevearcher
Coventry
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3 of 11  Sat 24th Aug 2013 5:35pm  
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Just spotted some old photos on the Coundon Primary website and remembered there was a thread asking for some a while back. If you're still on here, hope this helps.
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Sherry
Malvern
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4 of 11  Wed 24th Jun 2015 8:40pm  
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Hi, I have a photo when Coundon Court was my mum's home. They sold it in 1954 to Coventry Council. I also have some pictures of inside Coundon Court as a school. I could probably email them to you?
Sherry.

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coventry49
Budleigh Salterton, Devon
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5 of 11  Mon 29th Jan 2018 9:06pm  
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At about 5.30pm this evening there was a short 15 minute film on the Talking Pictures channel on TV entitled 'Keeping Britain Tidy'. It was about various schoolchildren around the country in 1962 taking action about litter. Coundon Court school was featured and showed the girls in a play and wearing their uniforms including their grey felt hats (not berets). Also shown was The Precinct. It was a perfect gem!
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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6 of 11  Sun 11th Feb 2018 5:54pm  
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I managed to catch this programme the other day. I have found reference to it in the Coventry Telegraph and it was filmed in 1961 and some of the girls went to a premiere of it in London. I was at Coundon Court 1958 to 1963 and can’t remember anything about it. The line of girls parading through the school look very smart, dressed up specially for the occasion. Also I don’t remember the hats, I thought we only ever wore berets, and God forbid if you were ever spotted out of school in uniform without your beret! I still haven’t placed where they were walking in the school. Gave me a lot to think about.
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G-Duke
London
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7 of 11  Fri 6th Jul 2018 4:34pm  
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New kid on the block. Hopeful for some information. I know that G Singer built Coundon Court but does anyone know how it came to be in the possession of Capt Miller? Also, how did it become a school. What I know of Capt Miller it is unlikely that it was a gift.

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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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8 of 11  Fri 6th Jul 2018 5:57pm  
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After George Singer died his widow moved with her son-in-law and daughter to “Broadwater” in Styvechale and eventually moving to 25 Harley House, near Regents Park in London. Coundon Court was sold to Charles D Miller and his wife Bessie, owner of Newdigate Colliery in North Warwickshire. Charles Miller died in March 1944 and his widow inherited. Bessie died in 1947 and the property was sold by her heirs to John Harold Finn, a caterer who owned a restaurant in Queen Victoria Road. Finn improved the property. He installed an operating theatre with an idea of helping soldiers or turning it into a care home. When he fell on bad times Coventry Council placed a compulsory purchase order on the property and it then became a school. This information thanks to the book “Singer's Legacy, his family and his home" by Richard Hoare.
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G-Duke
London
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9 of 11  Sun 8th Jul 2018 8:05pm  
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Thank you for your reply Anne. I have done some digging into the history of Newdigate Colliery and I have found that prior to it being closed by Thatcher it was regarded as a site of significant scientific interest. Not only because of the large amount of fossils found but also the discovery of a mineral that was thought to be the rarest mineral in the world only found in minute quantities in four places on earth. Somehow I doubt that. Sad
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liz1956
Lincolnshire
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10 of 11  Thu 12th Jul 2018 6:42pm  
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Hi Anne, Loved reading your post, I was at Coundon Court 1967-1973. Your comments reminded me of the uniform, Peter Pan blouses, cream with green piping, and brown plimsolls! Grey pleated gaberdine macs, and those infamous berets! And of course the dread of being caught out in some misdemeanour by Miss Foster! Happy days! Kind regards, Liz (nee Cramp). Wave
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Jay

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11 of 11  Fri 7th Aug 2020 9:35pm  
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I have been looking for old photographs of the Coundon area from the 1970s, 80s and 90s. I'm particularly interested in pictures of some of the old shops which used to exist on some of the street corners. Many of these have now been converted back to housing. I've been told that there used to be a video shop on the corner of Southbank Road / Evenlode Crescent, called "Video Den" in the early 90s. Also, that there was a cycle shop on the corner of Evenlode Crescent / Lavender Avenue. I don't know the name of this shop. I was wondering if anyone might have pictures of these they would be prepared to share? Lol
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