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

History of Radford

Radford was once a small village a little to the north west of Coventry, but it lost its separate identity some time before it became a part of the city in 1890. Situated on the Radford Brook which flows south to join the River Sherbourne, the first settlement was presumably made at the Red Ford, here crossed by a track which later became Radford Road.

Coventry Priory acquired land in Radford in the early Middle Ages, and the area was included in the county of Coventry from 1451 to 1842. There was no manor house, but many of the old field names have survived in the naming of modern streets, e.g. Batemans Acre, Crampers Field, Thistley Field and Steeplefield. A guild chapel of St. Nicholas existed until the mid-16th century, but very little trace of it has been found. However, the dedication was revived when a church was built in 1874, and again in 1955 after bombing had necessitated its rebuilding.

Various charities were endowed with land in Radford in Elizabethan times as Coventry Corporation became the chief landowner, and although there is some evidence of quarrying, sandpits and kiln, agriculture was the main occupation until weaving was introduced. By 1838, two thirds of the population were engaged in the industry, and the village expanded to accommodate an increase of over 200 people in the next 12 years. Some larger better class houses were built in the south east, but on the whole living conditions in Radford were not good in the 19th century, and a British School with a Sunday School attached was established on Radford Road in 1864 to try to improve the moral tone of the district.

Cash’s Kingfield factory dates from 1857, but industry really arrived with the Daimler Company whose factory was built before the 1st World War. An airfield was developed for wartime use, but this later became a Coventry’s council housing estate when it was built in the 1920s. The Moseley Avenue area was laid out in the years 1924-1927 and a new church and school followed soon after. St. George’s in Barker Butts Lane was consecrated in 1939, and Barker Butts School (now part of Coundon Court) was opened ten years earlier. The new St. George’s Church was designed by a well known Church Architect N. F. Cachemaille-Day and replaced a wooden structure built in 1928/29.

[Thanks to Coventry City Council for this information]