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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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This month we are walking through the historic landscape that borders the London Road. We meet at 12 noon at BROWNS on Earls Street. This was built in 1998 on the site of the unfinished pre-war museum. It is certainly one of the most successful of Coventry's recent buildings.
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Browns
We leave here at 12.30 and walk along Much Park Street, past the group of ancient buildings and under the Inner Ring Road. We then follow the London Road to the cemetery. This was laid out in 1846 by Joseph Paxton, who is perhaps better known for the Crystal Palace building for the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in London some 5 years later.

Among the famous iterments here are Mary Ure, the Scottish actress who starred in "Were Eagles Dare" and "A Reflection of Fear." She was found to be an enchantingly beautiful, luminous blond, married to the playwright John Osborne (1957 - 1963) and the actor Robert Shaw (1963 - 1975). According to Richard Burton's biography "And God Created Burton" Ure had an affair with the actor when they were filming "Look Back in Anger" (1959) together.

She died on April 3rd 1975, following a disastrous opening night on a London stage at the age of 42. Her death is variously listed as an accidental overdose of whiskey and tranquillizers or suicide. She left behind 6 children.

Also here is the City Arms's most famous and popular incumbent, Mrs. Mary Jane Cooper or 'Ma' Cooper as she was always known. 'Ma', born in Coventry, had been a nursemaid to the six children of the brewer Edgar Flowers and his wife, then living in Warwick, but when the children no longer needed a nanny, at the age of 45 she left and married Robert Cooper, landlord of the Lamp Tavern in Market Street, also a Flowers house. 'Ma' took over the licence of the pub when Robert died in 1891 but after caring for children in the cultivated atmosphere of the Flowers' home , the hurly-burly of life in a city centre pub must have been quite a strain and when the City Arms in Earlsdon became vacant, Flowers suggested she should take over and she gratefully accepted.

For the next 25 years, short, stout 'Ma' reigned supreme in her little kingdom and soon became loved and respected by all her patrons. She died at the pub in 1921 of simple old age and was buried here, her funeral attended by hundreds of mourners.
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London Road Cemetary
We pass the Anglican Chapel, then Joseph Starley's Memorial, then the Nonconformist Chapel before crossing the railway at Quarryfield Lane. Then we enter the southern section of the cemetary. We pass the mass grave from World War Two on our right before leaving the cemetery to cross the footbridge over the London Road and enter the ROYAL OAK at Whitley for refreshments.
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The Royal Oak at London Road, Whitley
From the Royal Oak we take the access road to Murray Lodge and then continue along a footpath down to the bridge over the River Sherbourne. There were a number of mills downstream from the Charterhouse and this bridge is at the site of one of them. The path then passes through a particularly ugly corrugated metal tunnel under the access road to the incinerator, which looms on the opposite bank. Then we pass through a much more attractive, but very narrow, railway tunnel before a second, wider, railway tunnel.
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Railway Tunnel
We emerge on to Humber Road and then follow Terry Road, following the boundary of the Charterhouse lands. We take a short road on the left which leads to Charterhouse Fields, where there is a most comprehensive information board. Back across the river we return to London Road. Then across the roundabout and along Whitefriars Lane, under the gatehouse, we are back on Much park Street and return to BROWNS for lunch.
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Much Park Street
Browns serve cask beers from a large range of brewers which change every week. Please note that Browns do not allow children at any times. It is strictly for over 18's only. Food is also available here for those of you making a day of it. To see more or download menus check out their website here.
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