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There were always several shops in Tile Hill Village. Opposite Tanyards Farm on the corner of Station Avenue was a house where the HILLs sold provisions in their front room. Nearby was BATES the Butchers. Opposite that on the corner of Tile Hill Lane was the SMITHs shop and a Garage. Just along the lane were a few more modern shops [see first pic below]. Back along Station Avenue, just past the Bell Inn was a Draper's shop, a Newsagents and a Barber. Opposite that was Westwood Vicarage and Church Hall.

SP2778 : Tile Hill, Coventry by David Stowell end of Tile Hill Lane at Tile Hill Village   © Copyright David Stowell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Arnold Cottages
Connoway Farm
Tanyard Farm

SP2778 : Tile Hill, Coventry by David Stowell The Bell Inn, Station Avenue, Tile Hill Village   © Copyright David Stowell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Bell Inn, Tile Hill Village
Westwood Vicarage [Tile Hill Village]
Duggins Lane WW2 Hostel
The Old Smithy, Duggins Lane
 
Tile Hill Cottages
Tile Hill Farm
Tile Hill Lane
Tile Hill Station [Railway]

[extract from '"My Memories of Tile Hill Village in the 1950's" by James David Elliott]

Station Avenue looking up towards The Bell inn on the left and carrying on into banner lane.

Located on the corner was Viners garage where petrol and car repairs were carried out along with a limited amount of car spare parts.

Being spoilt for choice there was another grocery shop called Nellie Smith’s in Station Ave.
They supplied hardware as well as groceries with the hardware stored and sold from a wooden garage type addition at the front of the store (this was turned into a café at a later date) and a small shed housing the potatoes and tinned fruits etc.

The terraced house connected to Bates the butchers at the top and opposite the garage was owned by the Wise family (Father, Mother and son). Then Bates the Butchers shop that is still being worked as a more versatile butchers shop and the third privately owned but was a solicitor’s office the name of which I think was Abbots but not sure.

My Painting from memory of the Wine Lodge – Wool shop – Mr Chick’s Paper Shop in the 1950’s

Further down Station Avenue was one building containing 3 shops Mr & Mrs Chick’s the paper and sweet shop, the wool / dress shop owned by Mrs Tye and the wine lodge. I had the pleasure of delivering papers for her going to Station Ave, Conway Ave, Nailcotte Ave, Duggins lane (round the 2 mile block) and Tanners lane all before school and for a pittance compared to today’s rates.
The local meeting place for the adults was the Bell Inn where many fishing stories were told and women caught up with gossip. There was a bowling green to the rear of the pub that my granddad and uncle kept in pristine condition for the more serious minded sportsmen. Beer drinking was taken just as serious as it is today with the big drinkers waddling there way home for Sunday dinner and the remainder stretching out the conversation after pub closure.

My Painting from memory of the Bell Inn in the 1950’s

Ran by = Mr and Mrs Bull then Mr & Mrs Taylor and Daughter Justine
among others I have yet to recall.

The village boasted it’s own village hall and vicarage where the vicar put on garden fete’s in his garden on celebratory occasions to make funds for good causes. These were brilliant occasions where the village people and surrounding farmers etc would all meet and pull together to make it a grand day out for all. It also acted a way of bringing the congregation together – something lacking in today’s society.
He and the congregation did bowling for the pig, skittles, and various fairground types of stalls.
I personally enjoyed these functions immensely as everyone always seemed to enjoy and have fun together.

Tile Hill Vicarage
This is where the garden fetes were held for all around. I remember the wooden bowl and skittles, although there were many other functions going on. Right behind the building is Tile Hill woods where we spent most of our after school time as we could hear our Mothers calling us for tea. I don’t recall a great deal about the vicar in fact the only mindful event was when I rang the Sunday school bell because he was late for classes. When he did arrive and ask “Who rang the bell” my “friends” all stood up pointing to me. It was them that had dared me to ring it to hurry him up.

My Painting from memory of the Church Hall in the 1950’s

The village hall played its part as well having a Sunday school for us kids, women’s meetings, wedding receptions and various other functions. We were called to church with the tolling of the Bell every Sunday morning and afternoon. The one function that comes to mind was the time we approached the Vicar to use the hall for a disco ran by us. We had an electrical record player (nothing fancy) and we purchased non alcoholic drinks from Mrs Chick’s at a reduced price with her taking back what we couldn’t sell along with the empties at a penny each. The Vicar also demanded a portion of the takings leaving Derek, Bill and myself with a little profit. It was quite popular with the local youth, good fun and was trouble free because they knew if trouble erupted the Vicar would withdraw his permission. Along both sides of the hall were well-tended garden allotments, one plot being rented by my Uncle Clarence and my stepfather. I also played a minor part clearing weeds and fetching and carrying tea and sandwiches. The field to the side and rear was I assumed rented to George Duggins for his horses, as there were always horses in the field. Opposite we had what we called Fishers banks, as it was on the now Torrington Ave called because the Standard Triumph body works were on the other side of the road. Two bodies at a time were transported from B’ham to here for dipping and spraying on a 24-hour shift system before going on to Standards Fletchamstead works. They actually caused quite a nuisance because when they were passing the residential part of Nailcotte and Conway Ave. all night and day – the rattle from the empty body shells would wake the devil.

Tile Hill Village map c1889  

map of Tile Hill Village [Station Avenue/Tile Hill Lane/Tanners Lane/Banner Lane] c1889

A WALK THROUGH 19thC TILE HILL ... Arriving by train at Tile Hill Station from Coventry, firstly we cross the line to our right, then follow Station Avenue downhill into Tile Hill Village, passing Duggins Lane to the left. We pass "Westwood Vicarage" to our right and the "Bell Inn" on our left, then cross over Tile Hill Lane junction into Banner Lane ["Tanyard Farm" is on the left]. A gradual rise takes us to a farmhouse at the top of the hill to the left ["Connoway Farm"], then falls and crosses a little stream. Up another gentle incline for about a hundred and twenty paces, we arrive at a gate leading into "Tile Hill Wood" on the right [now a Nature Reserve].
A footpath leads through the wood - taking this, we begin a cross-country tramp. Of course, we are warned by a prominent notice affixed to the first high tree that we come to that "all persons found trespassing in this wood will be prosecuted - BY ORDER !" but we must interpret this in a liberal spirit and not go after game. Presently another footpath branches off from ours to the left, but we keep straight on. For different persons a wood has different attractions, but chief among these is the calm restfulness that pervades the whole surroundings, and we cannot help lingering to enjoy this feeling, especially when we come to a small pond which has sloping mossy banks. We startle a squirrel, which darts across our path and up a tree. The footpath is not of the best, but it is cool, being flanked on one side by a rippling streamlet. The wood has been newly planted in places with young trees, while the decayed stumps of the old ones attest the fact the wood itself is not new. From the wood we enter a green lane which skirts the wood at right angles to the path we have been traversing, and we turn to our left, eventually reaching Broad Lane, the main road leading from Coventry to Berkswell, at a point beside the "Hawthorn Tree". We turn to our right, but instead of walking straight back to Coventry along Broad Lane, we climb over a stile on the opposite side of the lane a few paces further on and make for "Eastern Green".

1881 Census

Dwelling: Westwood Vicarage, Tile Hill
Census Place: Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Source: FHL Film 1341738 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3096 Folio 48 Page 3

Marr Age Sex Birthplace
John C. COUSSMAKER U 29 M Wyke, Surrey, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Vicar Of Westwood
Lannette E. COUSSMAKER U 25 F Wyke, Surrey, England
Rel: Sister
Occ: Housekeeper
Fanny FLOWERS U 36 F Woodend, Northampton, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: Serv Domestic
Mary A. LIGGINS 14 F Warwick, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: Serv Domestic
James CLEDNER U 21 M Kenilworth, Warwick, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: Serv Groom (Dom)

Dwelling: Arnold Cottages, Tile Hill
Census Place: Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Source: FHL Film 1341738 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3096 Folio 48 Page 3

Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Fanny ARNOLD W 79 F Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Annuitant


Dwelling: Tile Hill
Census Place: Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Source: FHL Film 1341738 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3096 Folio 48 Page 3

Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Elizabeth SAMMONS U 40 F Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Annuitant

Dwelling: Tile Hill Farm
Census Place: Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Source: FHL Film 1341738 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3096 Folio 48 Page 3

Marr Age Sex Birthplace
William SAMMONS M 56 M Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Farmer 250 Acres Employing 4 Men 11 Boy
Jane SAMMONS M 58 F Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Wife
Occ: Farmers Wife
Amy COOPER U 15 F Eastern Green, Warwick, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: Dairymaid Ag ((Dom))
William HANDS U 17 M Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Serv
Occ: Serv Farm (Indoor)


Dwelling: Banner Lane
Census Place: Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Source: FHL Film 1341738 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3096 Folio 52 Page 11

Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Mary FLOWERS W 75 F Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Widow Of Ag Lab
Ann FLOWERS W 37 F Leicester, England
Rel: Daur In Law
Occ: Laundress
Caroline M. FLOWERS 12 F Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Granddaur
Occ: Scholar
Horace C. FLOWERS 10 M Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Grandson
Occ: Scholar
Ellen FLOWERS 6 F Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Granddaur
Occ: Scholar
Fred FLOWERS 4 M Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Grandson
George C. FLOWERS 1 M Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Grandson

Dwelling: Tile Hill The Bell Inn
Census Place: Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Source: FHL Film 1341738 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3096 Folio 52 Page 11

Marr Age Sex Birthplace
George MOLESWORTH M 48 M Coventry, Warwick, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Licensed Victular Watchmaker Finisher
Emma MOLESWORTH M 48 F Berkswell, Warwick, England
Rel: Wife
Occ: Licensed Victulars Wife
Alfred MOLESWORTH U 20 M Coventry, Warwick, England
Rel: Son
Occ: Watchmaker Finisher
John T. CHATTAWAY U 20 M Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Stepson
Occ: Watchmaker Finisher
George CHATTAWAY U 19 M Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Stepson
Occ: Watchmaker Dial Painter
Frederick C. CHATTAWAY 8 M Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Stepson
Occ: Scholar
Frank CHATTAWAY 5 M Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Stepson
Occ: Scholar


Dwelling: Tile Hill Station
Census Place: Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Source: FHL Film 1341738 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3096 Folio 52 Page 11

Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Thomas COTTON M 36 M Kenilworth, Warwick, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Railway Signalman
Esther COTTON M 33 F Kenilworth, Warwick, England
Rel: Wife
Walter COTTON 8 M Birmingham, Warwick, England
Rel: Son
Occ: Scholar
Fanny L. COTTON 5 F Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Daur
Occ: Scholar
Alfred COTTON 4 M Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Son


Dwelling: Tile Hill Station
Census Place: Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Source: FHL Film 1341738 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3096 Folio 52 Page 11

Marr Age Sex Birthplace
William SAWKINS M 44 M Pelham, Hertford, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Railway Station Master
Jane SAWKINS M 42 F Kenilworth, Warwick, England
Rel: Wife
Mark H. KING 6 M Berkswell, Warwick, England
Rel: Stepson
Occ: Scholar
Elizabeth A. SAWKINS 11 m F Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Rel: Daur
Arthur DOLMAN U 15 M Hilton, Stafford, England
Rel: Boader
Occ: Railway Porter


Dwelling: Tile Hill
Census Place: Stoneleigh, Warwick, England
Source: FHL Film 1341738 PRO Ref RG11 Piece 3096 Folio 52 Page 12

Marr Age Sex Birthplace
Alfred COLLEDGE M 40 M Kenilworth, Warwick, England
Rel: Head
Occ: Ag Lab
Esther COLLEDGE M 40 F Caldicott, Warwick, England
Rel: Wife
Occ: Laundress
William H. COLLEDGE 13 M Berkswell, Warwick, England
Rel: Son
Occ: Farmers Boy
Mary J. COLLEDGE 9 F Berkswell, Warwick, England
Rel: Daur
Occ: Scholar
Walter COLLEDGE 5 M Berkswell, Warwick, England
Rel: Son
Occ: Scholar

1851 Census

Head: GLEAVE, Thomas 
Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace
Thomas GLEAVE Head M 34 M Railway Policeman Jabley-Chs
Mary GLEAVE Wife M 29 F --- Baldock-Hrt
Arthur GLEAVE Son - 1 M --- Stoneleigh-War
Address: Railway Cottage, St John Westwood
Census Place: Stoneleigh Warwick, Warwickshire
PRO Reference: HO/107/2073 Folio: 33 Page: 20 FHL Film: 0087339


Head: COX, William 
Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace
William COX Head M 60 M Railway Policeman Shurbridge-Wor
Elizabeth COX Wife M 53 F --- Stratford-War
Address: Railway Cottage, St John Westwood
Census Place: Stoneleigh Warwick, Warwickshire
PRO Reference: HO/107/2073 Folio: 33 Page: 20 FHL Film: 0087339


Head: CHATTAWAY, Thomas 
Name Relationship Mar Age Sex Occupation Birthplace
Thomas CHATTAWAY Head M 40 M Victualler Balsall-War
Elizabeth CHATTAWAY Wife M 39 F --- Balsall-War
Elizabeth CHATTAWAYY Daur U 16 F Victualler Dau Stoneleigh-War
Thomas CHATTAWAY Son U 14 M Victualler Son Stoneleigh-War
Sarah CHATTAWAY Daur - 12 F Victualler Dau Stoneleigh-War
Joseph CHATTAWAY Son - 8 M Scholor Stoneleigh-War
Danil CHATTAWAY Son - 5 M Scholor Stoneleigh-War
Ann CHATTAWAY Daur - 2 F --- Stoneleigh-War
Willoby PRICE Serv U 18 M Serv Balsall-War
Address: The Bell Inn, Tile Hill, St John Westwood
Census Place: Stoneleigh Warwick, Warwickshire
PRO Reference: HO/107/2073 Folio: 33 Page: 21 FHL Film: 0087339

Cromwell Cottage.  P1080830 Cromwell Cottage, 40 Cromwell Lane [photo: Joy Shakespeare flickr]

Tile Hill Station map c1889

map of Tile Hill Station [Station Avenue/Duggins Lane/Cromwell Lane] c1889

 

 

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