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Foxcote
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1 of 31  Sun 17th Mar 2013 8:21pm  
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Thanks Herberts lad. That's exactly what I enjoy, researching one thing and it leads you down another path! I am sure between us all, we shall solve Midland Red's poser Thumbs up There was also the 'Radenite' battery maker just past the General Wolfe on the left hand side going towards Longford, by Wilson's Meters. Post copied from topic Ghost ads on 10th Oct 2018 7:50 pm
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Greg
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2 of 31  Sun 17th Mar 2013 9:50pm  
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The Radenite factory was on the corner of Foleshill Road and Blackwell Road and should, in my opinion, have been preserved. As with so many of these irreplaceable historic buildings, nothing was done to prevent its destruction (after which the site lay derelict for years). It had a very ornate facade which, in itself, should have ensured its preservation.
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Foxcote
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3 of 31  Mon 18th Mar 2013 8:50am  
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I was hoping to find a photograph of the Radenite factory. I did find some advertisements for it. Radenite Advertisements
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David H
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4 of 31  Sun 27th Jul 2014 4:05pm  
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When I was a young lad in the 50's and early 60's we would often travel by bus to Coventry along Foleshill Road. I was fascinated with the number of factories, shops, pubs and other premises of all shapes, sizes and functions fronting onto the road itself, or seen from the road. For some reason I particularly remember a building with its brown paintwork "Formerly Van Raden and Co Ltd" written on each side of the central door arch at the top, "Radenite Batteries" on the left, and "Never Stop Starting" on the right! I'd love to know what premises other people remember.
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Greg
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5 of 31  Sun 27th Jul 2014 9:42pm  
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Radenite was another building of architectural interest which was quickly and quietly demolished some time ago. It was near D F Gibbs.
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Prof
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6 of 31  Sun 7th Sep 2014 1:56pm  
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"Van Raden batteries!", so Radenite would be an Anglianised form I guess. Presumably a Dutch company.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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7 of 31  Sun 7th Sep 2014 2:08pm  
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August 1903 from British Newspaper Archives
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davidstarley
Saltaire
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8 of 31  Tue 30th Sep 2014 12:06pm  
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On 7th Sep 2014 1:56pm, Prof said: "Van Raden batteries!" so Radenite would be an Anglianised form I guess. Presumably a Dutch company.
From memory of discussions with my family, the name was changed during the First World War to sound less foreign. Not sure whether the Van Radens had sold up by then, but at some point the company passed on to the control of my great grandfather JP Starley. I recall the photo of the Payne and Bates Car and factory frontage hanging in my father's office at Foleshill road and at the new site of Bayton Road. As I recall the city council required Radenite to move from the old site so it could be re-developed. However, this never occurred and the factory was brought back into use manufacturing shirts.

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covtom
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9 of 31  Mon 17th Oct 2016 1:08pm  
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On 16th Oct 2016 5:03pm, Kaga simpson said: A few generations ago there was no city in the world that could match Coventry, with the most picturesque green belt of villages and hamlets, blacksmiths, streams and brooks, watermills, farmyards, and smithies working in their shirt ..
I'm in my 50s and remember my dad taking me from our house on Foleshill Road (next door to Morgan's the jewellers) each Sunday to the farrier/blacksmith on Lythalls Lane (circa 1966). After the horses were shod, I was allowed to ride them (bareback) to road-test them. I preferred operating the bellows; less risk. We moved to Blackwell Road in 1974. It was a great pity to see that the Radenite factory was demolished. Perhaps one of the first battery companies in Europe and a pioneer of what became the Sealed Lead Acid battery. I acquired the trademark earlier this year.
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Midland Red
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10 of 31  Mon 17th Oct 2016 1:28pm  
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Hello covtom, and welcome to our friendly forum Wave If you enter "Radenite" in the search box, top left, it will take you to several posts about them Thumbs up
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covtom
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11 of 31  Tue 25th Oct 2016 5:24pm  
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Many thanks. Very interesting. Some old ads appear in Grace's.
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Greg
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12 of 31  Wed 3rd Oct 2018 12:52pm  
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Does anyone have a picture of this building? It was a very ornate brick building on the Foleshill Road which I`m sure was `listed` before, mysteriously, being knocked down very quickly. Edited by member, 3rd Oct 2018 12:53 pm
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Not Local
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13 of 31  Wed 3rd Oct 2018 2:25pm  
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My understanding is that the building was demolished because both it and the ground that it stood on were highly polluted after years of production of lead acid type batteries. The site then stood vacant for many years and then the present building was started but never completed. The old factory was used for garment manufacture in later years and I have often wondered how much the people who worked there were affected by the alleged pollution of the site. Was it Matharu Manufacturing or a very similar name?
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Heathite
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14 of 31  Wed 3rd Oct 2018 2:29pm  
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Hi, a web search using search terms - radenite batteries 567 foleshill road Coventry - gives the following. Plans showing the location and layout of Radenite Batteries' works at 567/575, Foleshill Road, Coventry. This record is held by Coventry Archives & Research Centre Reference: PA 1562/22/1-6 Title: Plans showing the location and layout of Radenite Batteries' works at 567/575, Foleshill Road, Coventry. Date: November 1912 - 22nd July 1963 Held by: Coventry Archives & Research Centre, not available at The National Archives Language: English Coventry Archives & Research Centre Browse repositories Herbert Art Gallery and Museum Jordan Well Coventry England CV1 5QP Telephone: 024 7623 7583 Email: historycentre@culturecoventry.com Website: Open: Wednesday-Friday 10.30-3.30; alternate Saturdays 10.30-3.30 • Book in advance • Member of CARN scheme • Wheelchair access • Research Service • Readers ticket required Access to original documents is by prior appointment only and have to be ordered by 3.30pm the previous day There will be no access to original documents on Saturdays, ARCHON code: 144 No pictures yet, but a Telegraph article. Coventry Evening Telegraph, Thursday September 26th 1974. Tenant sought for City factory site An industrial tenant is being sought for the former radenite factory in Foleshill Road Coventry. The site between the General Wolfe public house and Blackwell Road is owned by G W Deeley Ltd the Coventry builders. Their application for planning permission to build a supermarket and 6 shops here was turned down by the city council in July. A petition in favour of the supermarket was handed in to the City Council but a row broke out after it was alleged that a number of the names on it were bogus. Later a second petition on the same lines was prepared and handed in. Other residents have expressed opposition to the scheme at a public meeting. Lease. Mr Douglas Sutcliffe of Robinson, Osborne and Moules, agents for Deeleys, said that no appeal against the council's decision was planned. "The factory is now being offered for industrial tenancy and we could discuss a lease of 5 to 10 years with an applicant" he said. In their decision the City Council had termed the proposed development as premature in view of the Foleshill District plan currently being prepared, he said. The council's other objections were that it was in an area primarily residential, there was not enough off- street parking space, and would result in increased traffic. Images, I can't verify the building, can anyone help?
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Not Local
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15 of 31  Wed 3rd Oct 2018 5:11pm  
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Heathite - that is certainly the correct building with the General Wolfe at extreme left and the junction of Blackwell Rd in the right foreground. Forty years ago I often stood at that bus stop waiting for the 20 to take me home to Bedworth.
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