Foleshill

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Tower Court and Foleshill Road, Foleshill.

Foleshill is a suburb in the north of Coventry in the West Midlands of England. Longford, Courthouse Green and Rowley Green are to its north and Keresley is to its west.

History[edit]

Development of industries within the area such as the Ordnance Works, J&J Cash Ltd (silk ribbon weaving), and various brick works; was aided by the existence of the Coventry to Nuneaton railway and the Coventry Canal.

In July 1905, Courtaulds Ltd opened its factory in Foleshill and grew to become a world leader in the production of artificial fibres requiring a considerable expansion of the facility over the following years. The now-demolished Courtaulds chimney was reputed to be the tallest in England when it was erected in 1924. It stood 365 feet (111 m) tall, was built on 15 feet (4.5 m) - deep foundations, had a base diameter of 26 feet (8 m) tapering to 16 feet (5 m) at the top, and consisted of 917,000 bricks weighing a total of 4,000 tons (4,064 metric tons). Tower Court, formerly one of the Courtaulds buildings, is now used as offices.

Jaguar Cars had a factory in the area in the 1930s and 1940s. Riley Cars were based in Foleshill from 1916 to 1948, when production was moved to the MG factory in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

Challenge, an early cycle and car manufacturer, moved into new premises which included an impressive red-brick office building,[1] which can still be seen on Foleshill Road.

The original Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital was built in the mid-1860s in the gothic style accommodating just 60 beds, which at the time was sufficient for Coventry's requirements. The hospital was extended to cope with the increasing needs of the developing city, and what remained of the original building was destroyed by Luftwaffe bombing during World War II.

The most troubled section of Foleshill is arguably the Pridmore council estate, which has a history of crime including widespread arson and vandalism. In October 2000, plans were unveiled to demolish more than 130 homes in the area.[2]However, when plans for new houses on the site were unveiled in July 2002, it was announced that just 65 new properties would be built there, along with a community centre, shops and a public park.[3]By May 2005, the rehousing was almost complete, and a new housing development has since been completed in the place of the old properties.[4]The area gained notoriety across the region when on the evening on 29 January 1999 a 22-year-old man, Richard Waring, was fatally shot during a brawl outside the Crow and the Oak public house.[5]In February 2000, local drug dealer Andrew Henson was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the shooting and received an eight-year prison sentence. Two other men were cleared.[6]

Filmmaker Michael Moore was proclaimed "Lord Moore of Foleshill" for $8,000 paid with a Diners Club Card as part of a bit in episode 4 of TV Nation.

In the post-WW2 period the area acquired a large ethnic minority population. It is now the only one of the 18 wards in Coventry where non-whites form a majority of the population (at the 2001 census) they are mainly South Asian Muslims and Sikhs.

Notable Residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coventry Car Factories: A centenary Guide. City planning services, Coventry City Council. 1995-03-01. pp. 8–9. 
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  • Albert Smith and David Fry, (1991): The Coventry We Have Lost Vol.1. Simanda Press, Berkswell. ISBN 0-9513867-1-9

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Coordinates: 52°26′N 1°28′W / 52.433°N 1.467°W / 52.433; -1.467