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
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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
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Monday 20/01

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

Wednesday 12/02

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 17/02

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

Wednesday 12/03

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 17/03

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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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
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Monday 19/05

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

Wednesday 11/06

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 16/06

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

Wednesday 09/07

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Wyken

Wyken is one of Coventry’s eighteen municipal wards but was previously a civil parish, manor and a small village. Today the ward comprises three neighbourhoods: Caludon, Wyken and Oak Farm.

The neighbourhood boasts Coventry’s oldest surviving building that is still in use. St. Mary Magdalene Church, on Wyken Croft, dates back to the early 11th century. The village developed opposite the church and comprised 13 houses in 1730. The parish comprised a Manor house, parsonage, farmsteads and a handful of cottages and accommodated a population of 150 or less. It remained a small settlement until the 18th century at which point it began to expand. Today nothing remains of the original village.

One of the reasons for the expansion of Wyken was the creation of Craven Colliery. The original shaft was said to have been sunk in the 18th Century and a new shaft sunk in the 20th Century. By 1911 the population reached 321 and miners also came from nearby Walsgrave and Potter’s Green. The Craven colliery closed in 1927 following problems created during the general strike of 1926. Wyken Slough, or Wyken Pool, was formed by subsidence around 1860 and is the largest body of water in Coventry.

Wyken manor was for many centuries owned by the Craven Family of Coombe Abbey until it was bought by the Corporation during the First World War. The parish was incorporated into Coventry in 1932 as a result of boundary changes. Wyken Manor House was located on Henley Road, some distance from Wyken itself. It is now known as Manor Farm and gives its name to the neighbourhood surrounding it (in Henley Ward). This building, also known as Sergeant’s Farm, is the last remaining Council house in Coventry, the rest having been transferred to Whitefriars in 2001.

One of the things that Wyken is famous for is the Wyken Pippin. An apple believed to have been introduced by Admiral Thomas Craven (who died in 1772). In about the year 1720 he brought from Holland, and planted in the garden of the manor house, a young apple tree of a kind apparently hitherto unknown in this country. It flourished and bore delicious fruit. Its descendants spread far beyond North Warwickshire, taking the name of Wyken with them. The apple was until recently acknowledged in the name of the Wyken Pippin pub on Ansty Road, now called the Coventry Oak.