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Along with neighbouring Keresley, it was originally a village in the Warwickshire countryside, but by the 1930s had been incorporated into the city of Coventry, when mass housebuilding took place to accommodate the city's growing population.
From 1951 to 2005, Coundon was the location of the Browns Lane Jaguar car factory, which for its first 47 years was the carmaker's only plant. Upon its closure in 2005, production of cars was split between factories in Castle Bromwich and Halewood, and the Browns Lane plant was largely demolished in 2008, although part of the site remains under Jaguar ownership, and some is now owned by a vehicle interiors manufacturer.
Several schools are situated in the suburb of Coundon; Primary schools Coundon, Hollyfast and Christ the King (separated into different sites for Infant and Junior schools) and Coundon Court Secondary.
The playing fields of Bablake School, an independent school, are located within Coundon. The former Barkers' Butts School which stood in Banks Road in Coundon has been demolished although its history is well documented on the internet, and the original Moseley Primary School has also been demolished but replaced with a new one.
Coundon is split across two wards, Sherbourne ward to the South West and Bablake ward to the north. Three councillors represent each ward, all of whom are members of the Labour Party except for one Conservative Party Councillor in Bablake. In general elections Coundon falls within the constituency of Coventry North West, which returns one MP to parliament; currently Geoffrey Robinson of the Labour Party.
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