Tile Hill

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The Ponderosa

Tile Hill is a suburb in the west of Coventry, West Midlands, England. It is mostly residential and partly industrial, with some common land and wooded areas. Tile Hill railway station is located on the West Coast Main Line which links Coventry with London and Birmingham, and is situated at the southwestern border with the city's Canley district and the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull.

Geography[edit]

Tile Hill is seated in the ancient Forest of Arden, and some remnants of the forest remain between the built up areas. Tile Hill Lane is flanked by Plants Hill Wood to the south and Pig Wood to the north.

Tile Hill Lane approximately divides the suburb into a northern and a southern section. Tile Hill has three main neighbourhoods, though none are indicated on local road signage :-

  • Tile Hill North which primarily consists of postwar state housing, extends to Broad Lane in the north, beyond Banner Lane to the west, and to Tile Hill Lane in the south.
  • Tile Hill South which comprises mainly private residences extends from Tile Hill Lane in the north, to the railway line in the south.
  • Tile Hill Village which is the more prosperous area and provides the main gateway into Coventry and out towards Burton Green (Warwickshire) and Solihull Borough, at the city's western extremity.

The Tanyard Farm area was built in the early-1980s and is an extension of Tile Hill Village to the north, and to the west of Banner Lane towards Eastern Green.

Education[edit]

There are two secondary schools in Tile Hill: Woodlands School, a boys' comprehensive school and sports college,[1] and Tile Hill Wood School, a girls' comprehensive school and Language college.[2] All of the other secondary schools in Coventry are coeducational.

Primary and junior schools in Tile Hill include Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Junior School,[3] Leigh Church of England Junior School,[4] Limbrick Wood Primary School,[5] whilst Templars Junior School has been replaced by housing and resited.[6]

Hereward College[7] is a further education college for students with disabilities of various kinds. City College[8] (formerly Tile Hill College before merger with Coventry Technical College in 2002), was adjacent to Hereward College. The college buildings have now been demolished and City College Coventry has relocated to a new purpose-built campus in Swanswell near to Coventry city centre.

Local landmarks[edit]

Some of the notable landmarks in the Tile Hill area include:

  • Site of the former Massey Ferguson/AGCO factory, offices and social club which closed in 2003.[9] The 16-storey 1970s Massey Ferguson office tower was demolished on 8 July 2012.[9] The former factory buildings have been demolished to make way for a mixed-use development with housing and a science and technology park containing small industrial units.[10]
  • The new Tile Hill Library, One Stop Shop and Neighbourhood Management Centre opened by The Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry Councillor Jack Harrison MBE JP with the cutting of a ceremonial cake on Friday 23 May 2008.
  • Pig Wood.
  • Limbrick Wood.
  • Plants Hill Wood.
  • Tile Hill Wood and nature reserve.[11]
  • Maxims Casino.
  • "The Ponderosa", the local name of a small park, named after the ranch on the Bonanza TV series being broadcast at the time the park was made.
  • The "Banana" flats on Jardine Crescent.
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church.
  • St.Oswalds Anglican Church.
  • St.James C Of E Church
  • Limbrick Wood Baptist Church
  • Tile Hill Social Club (demolished August 2012)
  • Standard Triumph Social Club.
  • Wing Wah Chinese restaurant.
  • The Penny Farthing restaurant.
  • The Newlands public house.
  • The Bell Inn.
  • Jardine Crescent shopping precinct.

Notable residents[edit]

The artist, George Shaw, moved into Tile Hill in 1968 with his family. The estate in Tile Hill his family moved to was built after the war, as part of the nationwide programme to create a modern future. The estate is open-plan, cut across by long paths and roads, and edged with woods, a remnant of what was once the Forest of Arden. George used this suburban environment as the inspiration to paint highly detailed, almost photo-realistic works using the novel medium of Humbrol Model Paint.

Notable events[edit]

Tile Hill was a scene of carnage and made the national headlines on 19 December 1988 when the Tile Hill Village branch of Midland Bank was raided by two armed robbers. When police responded and pursued the raiders, one of them shot dead 29-year-old officer Gavin Carlton and wounded his colleague Leonard Jakeman as the pursuit reached Torrington Avenue. The gunman, 22-year-old David Fisher, then broke into a house in the city's Earlsdon district, where he was surrounded by armed officers before shooting himself dead.[12]

Roads named after people[edit]

  • Jardine Crescent is named after Dan Jardine, the Site Foreman during the construction of the Tile Hill estate.
  • Dormer Harris Avenue is named after Mary Dormer Harris (1867–1936) the local historian.
  • Robert Cramb Avenue named after the Lord Mayor of Coventry in 1947.
  • James Green Road, named after the engineer responsible for surveying the route of the Bude Canal.

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References[edit]

Coordinates: 52°23′N 1°35′W / 52.383°N 1.583°W / 52.383; -1.583