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Saturday 14th January
RAR 255
COVENTRY'S GBG

Meet at Greyhound, Sutton Stop, 12 noon
Sunday 5th February
HW 55
SNOWDROPS AT ALLESLEY

Meet at The Brooklands, Kingsbury Road, 12 noon.
Saturday 18th February
RAR 256
STATFORD TO WELFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am (X18 takes 1 hour 35 mins!!)

The No.27 bus leaves Welford at 3:16pm and arrives Stratford 3:29pm (opposite Maypole)
5:50pm arrives 6:12pm
6:09pm arrives 6:46pm

The X18 bus leaves B439 (Binton turn) at 3:19pm arrives Stratford at 3:56pm. This stop is supposedly 20 mins walk from Welford.
3:49pm arrives 4:26pm
4:24pm arrives 5:01pm
4:54pm arrives 5:31pm

The 6:30pm No. 460 National Express arrives Coventry 7:00pm
Saturday 18th March
RAR 257
WELFORD ON AVON TO BIDFORD ON AVON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives B439 (Binton turn) at 12:07pm
Saturday 15th April
RAR 258
BIDFORD ON AVON TO HARVINGTON

National Express 460 bus departs Pool Meadow Stand B 11:00am arrives Stratford 11:25am

The 11:54am X18 bus from Stratford arrives Bidford 12:11pm
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Coundon Wedge is a wedge-shaped area of agricultural land that cuts into the suburbs of Coventry. There are a number of old villages in the Wedge and plenty of pubs to visit. It is usual to start the walk at the Tollgate pub, or Allseley village as the Nos 900 and 7 buses stop there.
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The Coundon Wedge. A small Greenbelt area, crossed by a number of footpaths. The river Sherbourne runs to the left out of picture.. Photo © Anthony Vosper
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Allesley is a Conservation Area as it is an old village on the western edge of Coventry. Allesley proper is separated from Coventry by the fields of the Wedge, by Coundon Wedge Drive and Pickford Way (the Allesley Bypass). Approaching Allesley from Coventry (the east) the first pub you approach is the TOLLGATE, which stands on the south side of the Birmingham Road. It is a fine art deco building and provides a carvery seven days a week.
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The Tollgate at Allesley. Photo © GF Luckett
Then as you cross Coundon Wedge Drive you approach the old village and come to THE ELMS, on the right. This was originally a cottage built in 1600. It later became a farm. In 1929 it became the Paybody Eye Hospital and then a Harvester pub/restaurant c2000
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The Elms at Allesley. Photo © GF Luckett
The real village pub in Allesley is THE RAINBOW, an ancient half timbered building dating from about 1680. From 1994 to 2010 there was a brewery in the outbuildings.
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The Rainbow at Allesley. Photo © GF Luckett
The route then takes us north, through All Saints churchyard and through fields. We pass the entrance to Lyons Park, which was previously Jaguar’s Browns Lane Plant and then the RSPCA kennels, which are usually noisy with dogs barking !
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So we arrive at the hamlet of Brownshill Green in a semi rural area where we come to the WHITE LION. This was originally a cottage called The Laurels, then obtained an off-beerhouse license before becoming a one room pub. In recent years the ground floor has been knocked into one large room, but it remains a pleasant country pub with a large garden. From here we walk down Brownshill Green Road to the roundabout and then through Coundon Wood to enter Coundon Park
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The White Lion at Brownshill Green. Photo © GF Luckett
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We are now passing through an area rich in Country Houses built by Coventry industrialists. Our route now takes us through the large open expanse of Coundon Park past the semi derelict remains of the Old Hall Inn, which was previously Coundon Hall. This is a Grade II listed early to mid-19th century alteration of an earlier house, home to the Rotherham family of Coventry industrialists in the watchmaking and cycle trades. It is now derelict and has been set fire to. Opposite stands the Royal Court Hotel, previously home to the Hillmans of motor manufacturing fame. Next we pass St Thomas Church and its church hall and come to Keresley Village.
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St. Thomas Church at Keresley. Photo © GF Luckett
The original settlement was at what is now Keresley Green, a mile to the north. In the late 18th century a new settlement sprang up at Keresley Heath, which is where we are at present, now attached to the Coventry suburbs. In 1911 shafts were sunk to extract coal at Kereslery Newlands, or Keresley End, and the pit village developed, a further mile north from Keresley  Heath. So Keresley is a widely spread and somewhat confusing area. I grew up in the area and in my childhood I remember a nearby roadsign pointing to Keresley in both directions ! Here we find THE BELL and THE OLD SHEPHERD.
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The Bell at Keresley. Photo © GF Luckett
The Bell is a 1950’s replacement for an older building that stood on the same site. A few hundred yard further on is The Old Shepherd, a 1936 replacement of an older building and which was called the Shepherd and Shepherdess until c 2009. In this case, to my mind, the new name is a distinct improvement!
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The Old Shepherd at Keresley. Photo © GF Luckett
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The route now crosses the road and goes through fields opposite the Old Shepherd. These are the playing fields to the old Copthorne School. Coundon is now very much a suburb of Coventry and we walk through the back streets of 1930’s and post war housing. This will take us to the NUGGET at Coundon Green, a huge pub which replaced a much smaller one in the 1930’s. This was built in anticipation of housing development on Coundon Wedge, which never happened, so the pub seems something of a white elephant. It is very impressive though. Now it looks out over the schools and Coundon Wedge, so whilst it hasn’t got the housing it does have more pleasant surroundings.
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The Nugget at Coundon Green. Photo © GF Luckett
From here we walk round Coundon Court School, which is based around the house ‘Coundon Court‘ which was built in 1891 for the industrialist George Singer (1847-1909) who made his fortune in the production of bicycles and motor cars. It was designed by Charles Gray-Hill in ‘Victorian Gothic‘ and was built on land formerly part of Coundon Farm. We proceed south alongside a stream, past a duck pond back to the TOLLGATE or RAINBOW. On the way there is the opportunity to visit the BROOKLANDS, a pleasant little 1960’s suburban pub in the Coundon area as we pass.
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The Brooklands at Coundon. Photo © GF Luckett
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