Binley Woods

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Binley Woods
Binley Woods Village Hall - geograph.org.uk - 29352.jpg
Binley Woods village hall
Binley Woods is located in Warwickshire
Binley Woods
Binley Woods
Binley Woods shown within Warwickshire
Population 2,665 (2011)
OS grid reference SP395775
Civil parish
  • Binley Woods
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town COVENTRY
Postcode district CV3
Dialling code 024
Police Warwickshire
Fire Warwickshire
Ambulance West Midlands
EU Parliament West Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Warwickshire
52°23′38″N 1°25′12″W / 52.394°N 1.42°W / 52.394; -1.42Coordinates: 52°23′38″N 1°25′12″W / 52.394°N 1.42°W / 52.394; -1.42

Binley Woods is a village and civil parish in Warwickshire, England. The village lies on the eastern outskirts of Coventry, inside the built-up area of Coventry but outside the formal city boundaries. Binley Woods is within the Borough of Rugby, although the town of Rugby is around seven miles (11 km) to the east. In the 2011 census the parish had a population of 2,665.[1]

The village is located 5 miles (8 km) to the east of central Coventry, on the A428 road, next to the junction with the A46 road. The village of Brandon lies 1.5 miles (2.5 km) to the east.

History[edit]

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 and build homes in the area. In the early years, the village lacked modern amenities such as paved roads, piped water or mains drainage, though these were gradually provided from the 1930s onwards. During the 1940s many homeless people from bombed-out Coventry lived in Binley, often living in shacks and caravans.[2][3]

The village adopted its current name of Binley Woods in 1961 after a vote by villagers. The name was chosen to avoid confusion with nearby Binley, a suburb of south-east Coventry.[2]

A village church was established in Binley Woods in 1987, which doubles as the village hall.[2]

As the name suggests, Binley Woods is close to some woods: Brandon Wood, next to the village, which was once run by the Forestry Commission, but since 2000 it has been owned and managed by a local group, the "Friends of Brandon Wood".[4]

Services[edit]

The village boasts one public house, The Roseycombe.

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.

The village is now home to Broadstreet RFC, a National League Rugby club that moved to the village in 2001 after selling their ground in Binley, Coventry.

Appearances in media[edit]

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; exterior shots of Hyacinth Bucket's house were filmed at 117 Heather Road. 119 Heather Road was used as the house of her neighbours Elizabeth Warden and Emmet Hawksworth.[5][6]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations". Lovemytown.co.uk. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b c The Warwickshire Village Book. Countryside Books. 2000. pp. 24–25. ISBN 1-85306-652-4.
  3. ^ "Binley Woods Online". Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Brandon Wood". Woodland Trust. Retrieved 20 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Location, Heather Road". UK Comedy. Retrieved 25 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Hyacinth's home has buckets of style!". Coventry Telegraph. Retrieved 20 March 2018.

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