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Tile Hill

Tile Hill is a neighbourhood within Woodlands Ward in the west of Coventry.

Historically, Tile Hill was part of the Forest of Arden and some of the original woodlands still exist in Plants Hill Wood, Pig Wood, Limbrick Wood and Tile Hill Wood. These collectively give the name to the political ward of “Woodlands”. Much of the area was under the control of the Stoneleigh Estate, until it was purchased by the Corporation in 1926. It was primarily a rural area with scattered dwellings.

Tile Hill may have taken its name from a medieval tile manufacturer in the area. The area has connections with the Civil War and names such as Banner Lane, Cromwell Lane and Red Lane suggest that Cromwell may have been in the area around the time of the taking of Kenilworth Castle.

Today Tile Hill is primarily a residential neighbourhood with a mixture of private and social housing. Tile Hill village with its adjoining railway station is the most prosperous part of the ward. The former Massey Ferguson tractor factory was in its heyday the largest tractor factory in the western world is currently being redeveloped for housing purposes. The demolition of the Massey tower block was well reported on local media.

Today the neighbourhood can claim fame as the subject of the painting of George Shaw, an artist shortlisted for the Turner Award in 2011. Although he now lives and works in Devon, he was brought up in Tile Hill and the neighbourhood forms the subject of most of his paintings.

Alan Cooper has writen to us with his memories of growing up in Tile Hill

Our family moved into a brand new Gurney Close at the end of 1952, and my mother still lives there. As a little 'un I can remember walking down to watch the blacksmiths at work, at the Broad Lane- Eastern Green intersection and also down in Tile Hill Village. Then we could hide in the grass and watch the Armoured cars being trailered out of the Alvis works. And the best sled riding course was from the top of what became Nod Rise, with what I seem to remember as some sort of Sub-station to be avoided at the bottom. What a great place to grow up in. 

Thank You Alan.

Alan McCormick writes:

Hi just a quick question about the area I work in, well I work at Remploy. I understand that there may be an underground bunker here and wondered if it were infact true or false, and if true what was it used for?

Joan Fllint writes: I was born in Job's Lane and remember the shops in the lane - Brooke's (a farm shop), Reeves (butchers) and even a hat shop near to Jardine Crescent. The lane really was a lane with no pavements, gas lamps and trees that met over the lane. I too remember sledging where Mount Nod is now and where you could play in the fields right across to the A45. Limerick Wood was also a favourite place to play. It was manned by a woodkeeper and had swings, a slide and small roundabout. There were gates to the wood where Lawley Close is now. Such special memories!

Alice Willison asks: Just wondering if anyone knows the origin of the street name Job's Lane? A person called Job or something to do with employment?

Celestine Jonah asks: Has anyone got the original picture of number 63 Jobs Lane back in 1925-1950 especially the picture of how the house looked. this is the corner building between Jobs lane and Jasmine crescent.

Robert Harrington writes: Grew up in middlecotes, father, carpenter for Youells the builders, mother Iris Harrington, manager of the standard cinema, at one time the only cinema in UK staffed by women. Great to serve customers of Worthingtons, delivery by bike, huge basket over a small wheel,sat/ school hols job at the Torrington ave coop bakery,,Templars/ woodlands school.

Ray Moore writes: I was born in 4 Bramston Crescent,great memories of the huge back garden and the water tank on the shed roof where I used to catch water boatmen in my hands, (till I discovered they sting) Virtually lived in Tile Hill woods in real summers. Clowes' paper shop I had a love hate relationship with, great for sweets and toys but hated Saturdays when it was my job to go up Gravel Hill to buy The Pink, a sports paper issued by Coventry Evening Telegraph for late sports news, I recently went for a walk round there and could walk to the shops in 3 minutes!! back then I felt a whole chunk of my life was being wasted with what seemed like a 2 hour trek lol I was born in 1953 and well remember the "new" housing being built down towards Torrington Ave, also remember having a Bread man. Milk Man, coal Man and a mobile shop coming round every day, I'm so glad 4 Bramston Crescent is still there to this day and in good shape, nothing like being able to go and look at the house you were born in, sheesh I could carry on for hours lol

Sandra Woods writes: I live at no 6 Hawthorn lane in what was Tile Hill Farm. The farmhouse and land was owned by lord Leigh from 1687 to 1926 when it was purchased by the council. It was still a tenant farm until after the war when the tile hill north estate was built around it. A locally listed property. When a farm it was granted the right of pannage in what is now Pig wood. The rights were granted in 1776 and I wonder if that is how pig wood got its name.

Penny writes: Does anyone have information about the 2 sisters Alice and Annie who lived in Tanyard Farmhouse?

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