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Binley Woods village hall
Binley Woods shown within Warwickshire
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Binley Woods is a village and civil parish in the Rugby borough of Warwickshire, England. The village lies inside the built-up area of Coventry but falls outside the formal city boundaries. In the 2001 census the parish had a population of 2,607.
Binley Woods is a relatively modern village. Settlement began in the 1920s, when some of the estates of Coombe Abbey were sold off and people began to settle in the area. During the 1940s many homeless people from bombed-out Coventry lived in Binley, often living in shacks and caravans.
The village adopted its current name in the late 1950s, when the name Binley Woods was chosen to avoid confusion with nearby Binley, a suburb south-east of Coventry. A village church was established in Binley Woods in 1987.
As the name suggests, Binley Woods is close to some woods; Brandon Wood, next to the village, was once run by the Forestry Commission but is now owned and managed by a local group, the "Friends of Brandon Wood".
The village boasts one public house, The Roseycombe, and it retains its Post Office, despite closures elsewhere.
There were formerly two garages/petrol filling stations, but in recent years one has closed completely and the other no longer sells fuel.
A small supermarket can be found on Rugby Road, and there is a row of shops in Woodlands Road, including a newsagent, butcher, hairdresser, chemist, Chinese takeaway and off-licence.
There is a village hall on Rugby Road.
It is now also home to Broadstreet RFC a National League Rugby club that moved to the village in 2001 after selling their ground in Binley, Coventry.
One of Binley Woods' claims to fame is that it was used as one of the locations for the videotaping of the 1990s BBC sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, as home to Hyacinth Bucket at 117 Heather Road, and 119 Heather Road for her neighbours Elizabeth Warden and Emmet Hawksworth respectively.
- The Warwickshire Village Book[full citation needed]
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