Tile Hill Kid - Westwood Vicarage, Tile Hill Village

Westwood Vicarage, Tile Hill Village [from Margaret Evans, see her account below]


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


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. [James David Elliott]


"Life At Westwood Vicarage, Tile Hill, Coventry in the 1920s and 1930s" by Margaret Evans.


Girls sewing party at Westwood Vicarage.
Ladies sewing party at the Vicarage.
Rev.Charles G Evans and his wife Louisa Evans, with their children, Margaret and Peter, in the vicarage garden [with factory in background]

Louisa Evans and Charles’ mother [left], Rev.Charles and his son Peter Evans [right], with at the vicarage.

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Margaret Evans.

My grandfather, Rev.Charles G Evans was vicar of Westwood and Tile Hill in the 1930s and 1940s. He was known as Pop, my grandmother Louisa Evans was called 'Leak', and Bill Conway was one of my father’s cousins.
My father and aunt both grew up in the vicarage and my aunt wrote an account of their life there.
I’m afraid I don’t know where the newspaper cutting or the typed article came from. I never saw Westwood vicarage, my grandparents moved to Wellesbourne vicarage in 1946.
[Judy Smithers]


Margaret Evans [2nd row, light coat] and her brother Peter [rear, striped tie]. The dark haired boy in the front row is Gordon Sutton and his sister Joyce is in the 2nd row [also dark haired]. 'Dame School' photo.

     

Westwood Vicarage c1889   view from the Vicarage across fields towards Canley c.1930, before the Fisher and Ludlow factory was built along Torrington Avenue. The telegraph pole which is just visible and line of trees in the centre of the picture marks the LMS railway line. In the distance is Park Wood, Charter Avenue.

above, map of Westwood Vicarage [now Torrington Avenue off Station Avenue, Tile Hill Village] c1889

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)

1911 Census John COUSSMAKER was married with three children and was Rector at The Rectory, Hamstall Ridware, Rugeley, Staffordshire
1911 Census: The Rectory Hamstall Ridware Rugeley Parish Hamstall Ridware Type of Building Private House Number of Rooms 16 Inhabited Y Reference RG14PN16902 RG78PN1045 RD367 SD2 ED12 SN21 Administrative County Staffordshire Registration District Lichfield Registration Sub District Rugeley Enumeration District 12
John Octavius Coussmaker Relationship to Head of Household Head Condition / Years Married Married Gender M Age 59 Estimated Year of Birth 1852 Occupation Clergyman Of Ch England Employed Y Working at Home Y Place of Birth Surrey Wyke
Mary Coussmaker Relationship to Head of Household Wife Condition / Years Married Married / 29 Years Total Children Born Alive 6 Children Still Living 5 Children Who Have Died 1 Gender F Age 49 Estimated Year of Birth 1862 Employed N Working at Home N Place of Birth Ireland Galway Warwick
Lannoy John Coussmaker Relationship to Head of Household Son Condition / Years Married Single Gender M Age 28 Estimated Year of Birth 1883 Occupation Architect Employed Y Working at Home N Place of Birth Burton On Trent Warwickshire Vertwood
Eileen Grace Mary Coussmaker Relationship to Head of Household Daughter Condition / Years Married Single Gender F Age 27 Estimated Year of Birth 1884 Employed N Working at Home Y Place of Birth Warwickshire Westwood
Violet Francis Muriel Coussmaker Relationship to Head of Household Daughter Condition / Years Married Single Gender F Age 18 Estimated Year of Birth 1893 Employed N Working at Home Y Place of Birth Staffs Hamstall

Maria Miskell Relationship to Head of Household Servant Condition / Years Married Single Gender F Age 67 Estimated Year of Birth 1844 Occupation Nurse Domestic Employed Y Working at Home N Place of Birth Ireland Gailway
Elizabeth Croxall Relationship to Head of Household Servant Condition / Years Married Single Gender F Age 23 Estimated Year of Birth 1888 Occupation Cook Domestic Employed Y Working at Home N Place of Birth Staffs Hamstall
Lilian Pitts Relationship to Head of Household Servant Condition / Years Married Single Gender F Age 16 Estimated Year of Birth 1895 Occupation House Parlour Maid Employed Y Working at Home N Place of Birth Staffs Hamstall


 

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