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

Willenhall

The original centre of Willenhall village was at the junction of London Road (then called Weeping Lane) and St. James Lane (then named Newton Lane). It is said that the old spelling of Willenhall was “Wilihale” meaning “willow corner”. The land was given by Earl Leofric to St. Mary’s monastery. In 1279 the main tenant of the Priory was the Willenhall family, who were the principle tenants until the fifteenth century.

After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the land reverted to the Crown and was granted to Sir Richard Lee who sold it to John Hales and it continued in the Hales family until the eighteenth century.

St. James Lane was named after an early chapel dedicated to St. James which stood about 300 metres to the north of St. James Lane in the vicinity of Dunmore Avenue. The site of the chapel was later part of Chapel Farm. The farm was demolished to create the Chace National Service Hostel in 1941 as temporary housing for war workers from around the country. This later served as temporary housing for people seeking permanent homes in the city. The area has now been redeveloped as a modern residential estate.

The Folly Lane Club is the remains of an old coaching Inn called the Seven Stars on the old turnpike road to London. The inn became the Seven Stars Farm and later gave its name to the Seven Stars Industrial Estate to the north.

There were three main houses in the historic village. The manor house of the Willenhall family was known as Manor Farm or Willenhall Hall. It stood on the present Remembrance Road approximately opposite the Haggard Centre. Willenhall House was built in 1831 with four acres of land near to Willenhall Lane and The Chase was built in 1897 by Dr Charles Webb Iliffe, a Coventry MP and County Coroner. It later became the Chase Hotel.

The Willenhall district historically included Toll Bar End. The original toll gate stood at the junction of London Road and Brandon Lane, outside the city boundary. In 1837 the charge was one penny per horse and six pence for a vehicle.

The district was largely agricultural until the Second World War but there was a brickworks and many people were employed at the nearby Binley Colliery to the north.

The major housing development of Willenhall took place beginning in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The Willenhall Wood Estate, consisting of over 1000 houses, was the first estate in the city built on the Radburn layout, pioneered in the USA in the 1930s. With this layout houses were built facing greens and footpaths, with roads and garages at the rear. It won a national design award in 1960.

The Church of St. John the Divine was built in 1955 – 1957 to the design of Sir Basil Spence. Similar Churches were built in Wood End (St. Chad’s) and Tile Hill (St. Oswold’s).