Upcoming Events

May 2024

Wednesday 29/05

14:00 – 15:30
Visit to St. Barbara's Church

June 2024

Friday 14/06

All Day
CovSoc Visit to Pershore

Saturday 15/06

All Day
Civic Day

Monday 17/06

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

Thursday 20/06

14:30 – 16:00
CovSoc Visit to Warwick University

July 2024

Monday 15/07

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

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
Recurs monthly

December 2024

Wednesday 11/12

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 16/12

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

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

Longford

Longford is a neighbourhood in the north of Coventry. Until 1932 it was part of Foleshill Rural District Council and was absorbed into Coventry in the local government reorganisation of that year.

The name “Longford” is believed to relate to a “long ford” on a Roman Road passing through the district. The name “Tackley” was also applied to parts of the district but that name has now disappeared. Other neighbourhoods within Longford include Foxford, Hawkesbury and Victoria Farm.

Longford was historically a rural district, but from 1682 it became the location for a number of scattered coal mines. In this area coal was very close to the surface and was gained through shallow pits and later deeper collieries including the Victoria Colliery and Hawkesbury Colliery. The opening of the Coventry Canal in 1769 took coal to the centre of Coventry for sale.

Another industry in the neighbourhood was concrete manufacture. The Longford and Midland Concrete Works manufactured concrete products including kerb stones that were used all over the midlands. During the Second World War the company manufactured concrete air raid shelters. Other companies in the district included brick and tile manufacture and canal boat building.

Near the junction of the Coventry Canal and the Oxford Canal, at Sutton Stop or Hawkesbury Junction lies the Hawkesbury Engine House, now a listed building. Unfortunately the Newcomen beam engine that used to pump water from a deep well into the canal system was relocated to the Thomas Newcomen Museum in Dartmouth.

Before the creation of Hawkesbury Junction, the Coventry Canal and the Oxford Canal ran in parallel as far as Longford Road. Hawkesbury Junction is unique in having a lock with only a 6” difference between the levels of the Oxford Canal and the Coventry Canal. It was the first Conservation Area to cover two local authority areas. Recently the whole of the Coventry Canal has been declared as a Conservation Area.

Weaving was a cottage industry scattered across the district. In later years a lot of the weaving was undertaken as outworking for larger companies, such as the Steveograph Company in Cox Street.

Longford became the primary location for energy supplies to Coventry, being the home of both Foleshill (or Longford) Gas Works and Hawkesbury Power Station. The gasworks was demolished in 2004 and is now the location of the Ricoh Arena and the Arena Park. The power station was demolished in the 1980s and is currently vacant land awaiting development.

Today Longford retains a village atmosphere and has a wide diversity of cottages from different ages and an attractive environment.