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Articles: Empress Building, Binley Road
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/articles/content.php?pg=empress
Looking like a modern post-war development, Empress Building appeared far ahead of its time when it was announced in the Midland Daily Telegraph in July 1933: BINLEY ROAD IMPROVEMENT I...

Articles: Hope's Harbour to Harefield to Stoke Park School
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/articles/content.php?pg=hopes-harbour
Long before this lovely old house in Bray's Lane became the first location for Stoke Park School, it was the home of Otto Striedinger, one of Her Majesty's Inspectors of Factories, born in Bavaria a...

Articles: I Almost Found Jesus - a Poem by John Walker
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/articles/content.php?pg=j-walker-poem
Set in Crescent Avenue and Bourne Road when John was 16, and almost every word is true (except for the stable - he made that up!) I Almost Found Jesus One Christmas Eve, when just a kid, I ...

Articles: Ronnie Corbett opens One-Stop, Thursday, 14th May 1970
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/articles/content.php?pg=one-stop
I remember this! I was five years old at the time, and I recall my mum being excited about going to see a new supermarket being opened by someone famous. Even better still - she managed to get into ...

Articles: Stoke Park School - Microcosm magazine, Summer 1949
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/articles/content.php?pg=stoke-park-school
Stoke Park School had its beginnings in a lovely old house in Bray's Lane known as Hope's Harbour, built to the latest specifications of its day in 1879 for the Inspector of Factories, Otto Striedin...

Contact me: Contact me about Historic Coventry
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Before contacting me, please bear in mind that Historic Coventry is only my personal hobby, and not in any way part of the similarly named "Historic Coventry Trust" (www.historiccoventry.org.uk)...

History pages: Stoke - Some History
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/main/history.php
  Quick Links to places on this page.... Beginnings - Stoke church - Associated names - The combat that never was! - Footnotes   This is by no means a complete history of our d...

Your memories: Workplace memories of Mike Fitzpatrick
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/memories/content.php?pg=fitzpatrick-m
When my dad was demobbed he managed to get us a small home in Lodge Rd, off Bulls Head lane in Stoke. I was now attending Stoke Secondary school. I missed out on the eleven plus exam, as it was then...

Your memories: Stoke GEC - John Walker's first 'real job'
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/memories/content.php?pg=walker-j-gec
I got my first "paid employment" when I met track manager Phil Storey at the Ten-Pin Bowling, fibbed about my age (14, but on the tall side), and got a job on the track at Brandon on Saturday nights...

Your memories: A Childhood in Stoke, by Graham Whitehead
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/memories/content.php?pg=whitehead-g
I was born in 1938 and grew up in my parents' third home newly built on the former Triumph sports ground, in Wyver Crescent, just where the Crescent bends towards Bromleigh Drive. At the rear the en...

Stoke Now and Then: Ball Hill looking east, c1970
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=ball-hill-east
Not quite so far back in time for this shot taken of Ball Hill around 1970. Remarkably little has changed, building-wise, but I do have more of a soft spot for the older cars, which had far more ch...

Stoke Now and Then: Ball Hill from the top
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=ball-hill-top
Here we are standing on the brow of Ball Hill, known widely until around the Second World War as Stoke Knob. Looking in the direction of the town centre we see just half a dozen shops, with most of ...

Stoke Now and Then: Ball Hill looking towards town
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=ball-hill-town
Staying on Ball Hill we move just fifty or so yards closer to town, revealing a subtly different view. One item missing in this photo from around 1912 is the railways bridge, built two years later t...

Stoke Now and Then: Biggin Hall Hotel, Binley Road
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=biggin
It's reassuring to know that not everything has disappeared under the bulldozer, and so we can see here that most of the houses along this stretch of Binley Road survived the war and many council ch...

Stoke Now and Then: Bowling Green at Gosford Park
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=bowling-gosford
Still a green and pleasant view in 2022, but the sport is a little more active! Where once was a bowling green at Gosford Park we now have a basketball court - but we share the same view towards the...

Stoke Now and Then: Church End and Rose & Crown, Walsgrave Road
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=church-end-rc
A shot we're all familiar with in 2022 - a local pub, and a church hidden behind houses, set back from the usual urban thoroughfare - makes it so easy to forget that Stoke was once a village. Howeve...

Stoke Now and Then: Church Lane
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=church-la
It's a different world! Beautiful photos like this help to remind us that our Coventry district of Stoke was once a village in its own right, and not part of a major city. As we loo...

Stoke Now and Then: Clay Lane
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=clay-la
How idyllic Stoke used to look! A century ago a lane really looked how we imagine it should. But, could we survive nowadays without our cars and modern comforts? And where would we live if our stree...

Stoke Now and Then: Empress Building, Binley Road
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=empress
First opened in 1934, the Empress Building - named in honour of Queen Victoria - is still popular decades later. if you wish to see the images separately. A click ...

Stoke Now and Then: Kingsway parade near Stoke Library
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=kingsway
Looking down Kingsway here, reassuringly we can see virtually no change at all from one century to the next. Stoke Library is thankfully unaltered, too. But what is this parade? We see a soldier on ...

Stoke Now and Then: Stoke Library
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=library
Camera No.9 Wealthy benefactor, Andrew Carnegie, paid for three libraries to be built shortly before World War One. Stoke, Earlsdon and Foleshill libraries all had their foundation stones laid in...

Stoke Now and Then: Paddling Pool at Stoke Green
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=paddling-stoke-green
This 1933 photo of the then new Paddling Pool at Stoke Green will, no doubt, bring back happy memories for many locals - and some not so local, as my own wife recalls walking with her family from Wi...

Stoke Now and Then: The Rectory, Binley Road
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=rectory
Few would consider the bland, square flats on the left a pretty sight, which makes this comparison all the more difficult to endure! Click the image to fade back in time to around...

Stoke Now and Then: St. Joseph's Convent, Walsgrave Road
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=st-josephs
St. Joseph's Convent School was founded by the Sisters of Mercy as a girls' day and boarding school in 1862, overlooking Gosford Green. Suffering several air-raids during WW2, the buildings were des...

Stoke Now and Then: St. Margaret's Church & Schools, Walsgrave Road
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=st-margarets
The foundation stone for St. Margaret's Church was laid in 1910, and the building opened in 1911. For the two years prior to that, services were held nearby at the Coronet Works, which became the Hu...

Stoke Now and Then: Walsgrave Road by Gosford Green
https://stoke.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=walsgrave-gosford
It's easy to forget nowadays, that as we look eastwards from the corner of Far Gosford Street and Binley Road, Gosford Green no longer comes very close to us. With the widening of Binley Road and th...

 
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