Upcoming Events

July 2024

Thursday 18/07

14:00 – 16:00
CovSoc Visit to Maxstoke Castle tbc

August 2024

Friday 02/08

09:00 – 11:00
Visit to Finham Sewage Works
Finham Sewage Works

Thursday 08/08

14:00 – 16:00
CovSoc Visit to Sherbourne Valley Project

Monday 19/08

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

September 2024

Sunday 15/09

All Day
HOD at Draper's Hall

Wednesday 18/09

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting

Monday 23/09

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting

October 2024

Wednesday 09/10

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 14/10

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting

Saturday 19/10

All Day
Heritage Conference

November 2024

Wednesday 06/11Friday 08/11

Feister gathering

Wednesday 13/11

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 18/11

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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December 2024

Wednesday 11/12

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 16/12

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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January 2025

Wednesday 08/01

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 20/01

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

February 2025

Wednesday 12/02

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 17/02

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

March 2025

Wednesday 12/03

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 17/03

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

April 2025

Wednesday 09/04

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc AGM

Monday 14/04

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting

May 2025

Wednesday 14/05

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 19/05

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

June 2025

Wednesday 11/06

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 16/06

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

July 2025

Wednesday 09/07

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Cheylesmore

The name Cheylesmore is thought to derive from early English, “cielde” meaning well or spring and “mor” meaning moor.

The main history of Cheylesmore relates not to villages or settlements but to the historic manor of Cheylesmore and the associated Park. The estate was held by Leofric and Godiva before passing into the hands of the earls of Chester. In 1232 the estate passed to the Earl of Arundel and in 1237 he built Cheylesmore Manor House with a moat and park to replace the redundant Coventry Castle.

In 1330 the estate reverted to Queen Isabella and on her death it passed to her grandson Edward of Woodstock, the Black Prince, who stayed in the park on his way back to London after his grandmother’s death. It is said that Edward often hunted deer in Cheylesmore Park and in 1362 he had the park enclosed with palings.

After Edward’s death the estate passed to his son King Richard II who had the city wall diverted to include the manor house. At that time the park was 436 acres consisting of pasture land, woodland and moor inhabited by deer and other game. The park’s keeper was Thomas de Quinton, who gave his name to Quinton Pool, the mill pool for Quinton Mill.

Over the following centuries the estate and park remained together under royal ownership but leased to various people, including the corporation. The royal connection ended in 1819 when the Prince of Wales sold the estate to Marquis of Hertford and in 1871 it came to H. W. Eaton, Lord Cheylesmore. From that date the park was gradually sold off for development, beginning with the land nearest the city centre in Parkside, which became the home for notable firms such as Armstrong Siddeley Motors, Maudsley and Swift and later Rolls Royce.

Land development continued south towards the Quinton area in the 1920s and further south in the post-war years. The land around Quinton Pool remains the only reminder of the great Royal hunting park of Cheylesmore.

There is much more to say about Cheylesmore. Please contact us below if you would like to add more.