Tile Hill Kid - Duggins Lane WW2 Hostel

Duggins Lane Hostel, Tile Hill was built on farmland just off Tanners Lane-Tile Hill Lane. Opened 12th April 1943 for Aircraft production workers, the Hostel housed between 600 and 1500 residents from all over Britain, who worked at the Standard Motors factory at Canley, Fisher and Ludlow, and Massey Ferguson works at Banner Lane. One block was used to house actors and dance bands, who performed plays and other entertainment.
Between 1946 and 1952, newly married couples stayed on as 'squatters', long after the war. Eventually new council housing estates were completed in Canley, Tile Hill North and Tile Hill South and the squatters were transferred to those. During the really harsh winter of 1947, families had no heating, so the council took control of the Hostel, charged a nominal rent, and installed coal ranges. Many couples were quite happy living there. Houseowners in Duggins Lane weren't happy; they had been promised that after the war, the Hostel would be demolished and everything would be put back to how it was, but that didn't happen until long after 1952.

 

 

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