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Earlsdon Library
Area  2.02 sq mi (5.2 km2)
Population 16,543 (2001)
   – density  8210 persons per square mile
OS grid reference SP320780
Metropolitan borough Coventry
Metropolitan county West Midlands
Region West Midlands
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town COVENTRY
Postcode district CV5
Dialling code 024
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament Coventry South
List of places
West Midlands

Coordinates: 52°24′N 1°32′W / 52.40°N 1.53°W / 52.40; -1.53

Canley Ford, Earlsdon

Earlsdon is a suburb and electoral ward of Coventry, England. It lies approximately one mile to the southwest of Coventry City Centre. It is the birthplace of aviation pioneer Frank Whittle[1] There are shops and several restaurants on Earlsdon Street, the main street through Earlsdon. There is also Earlsdon Library, one of the larger branch libraries of Coventry library service. Earlsdon also hosts rugby, golf and tennis clubs.


In the mid-19th century Earlsdon was a hub of activity for the rising watch-making trade.[2] Even as this industry began to decline, Earlsdon continued to grow, and was incorporated into the city of Coventry in 1890. The watch-making trade is represented by the clock on the roundabout at the bottom of the high street, where Earlsdon Avenue North and South join.

In 1897 the opening of Albany Road, named after HRH Princess Helena, Duchess of Albany, who visited Coventry in November the following year, allowed for far greater access to and from the rest of the city and development in Earlsdon quickly increased. By 1918 the area was fully developed as it is today but has seen some redevelopment in recent years.

Today, Earlsdon is a large high-density suburban residential area. Many academics and students from both Coventry University and the University of Warwick also live in the area.

In August 2006 following a torrential downpour of rain, the main street of Earlsdon suffered from serious flooding. Many businesses were affected, and some were forced to close for a time.

Places of interest[edit]

The hub of Earlsdon is what is locally referred to as the "Earlsdon High Street", in reality Earlsdon Street. This is a strip of commercial units that includes a number of restaurants and pubs. The area surrounding Earlsdon Street consists of rows of terraced houses and a few small shops. To the south the War Memorial Park, the north is Hearsall Common, and west is Canley Ford.

Frank Whittle[edit]

The commemorative plaque on the house where Whittle was born and grew up in
Main article: Frank Whittle

Frank Whittle (1907–96), the jet engine pioneer, was born in Earlsdon in a terraced house on Newcombe Road, which is marked out by a small grey commemorative plaque. He attended a school in Earlsdon, and he was inspired to pursue a career in engineering after allegedly seeing an aircraft land on Hearsall Common. At the age of nine he moved to Leamington Spa with his family when his father started an engineering factory there.

Arts and culture[edit]

Earlsdon has its own theatre, the Criterion Theatre,[3] that puts on six main house performances a year, as well as numerous visiting companies and workshop productions. ECHO (Earlsdon, Chapelfields Hearsall Opinion) is the longest running independent community newspaper in the country (http:www.echonews.org.uk). There is an annual "Earlsdon Festival", that takes place in Earlsdon Street and other locations nearby during the May Day bank holiday. The annual Godiva Festival takes place within the War Memorial Park usually during one week-end in July.


Earlsdon Ward covers Canley Gardens and Styvechale in addition to area surrounding Earlsdon Street. Coventry's War Memorial Park falls within the boundaries of Earlsdon Ward.

As of December 2009 the ward is represented by 3 local councillors who sit on Coventry City Council. They are Allan Andrews (Conservative), Ken Taylor (Conservative) and Andy Matchet (Conservative).

Parts of Earlsdon also fall under Whoberley Ward and St Michael's Ward.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sir Frank Whittle". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Earlsdon Online: History and heritage". Earlsdon Online. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  3. ^ Website of the Criterion Theatre, Coventry