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School Lane Aerial photo – then & now

The photo above comes once again from the aerial imagery snapped by the late John Webster, kindly provided to us by his son Steve Webster, now living in New Zealand. This fantastic aerial photo of the School Lane area shows many seldom photographed features which have now been lost, or substantially altered, since the ‘then’… Read More School Lane Aerial photo – then & now

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North-West Kenilworth Aerial Photo – then & now

In April 2020 we were contacted by Steve Webster of Nelson, New Zealand, regarding a number of photographs from the collection of his late father, John Webster. Steve told us “My late Father John Webster lived in Kenilworth at 40 Tainters Hill (The Cottage) from birth, in 1927 and I too was born in the… Read More North-West Kenilworth Aerial Photo – then & now

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Cottage on Tainters Hill – Then & Now

In a previous Then & Now, we showed an image provided by Steve Webster of Nelson, New Zealand, of the family cottage on Tainters Hill, taken from the collection of his late father, John Webster. Steve told us “My late Father John Webster lived in Kenilworth at 40 Tainters Hill (The Cottage) from birth, in… Read More Cottage on Tainters Hill – Then & Now

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Cars on Tainters Hill – Then & Now

In April 2020 we were contacted by Steve Webster of Nelson, New Zealand, regarding a number of photographs from the collection of his late father, John Webster. Steve told us “My late Father John Webster lived in Kenilworth at 40 Tainters Hill (The Cottage) from birth, in 1927 and I too was born in the… Read More Cars on Tainters Hill – Then & Now

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Peter de Wint’s Kenilworth Castle – Then & Now

The painting in this Then & Now comparison is a watercolour on paper by Peter de Wint (1784 – 1849), entitled simply ‘Kenilworth Castle’. The painting was bequeathed to the Tate Collection by John Henderson in 1879. The Tate biography for de Wint says that he was born at Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, the son of a… Read More Peter de Wint’s Kenilworth Castle – Then & Now

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Clinton Lane & Beehive Hill – Then & Now

This Then & Now comparison shows the area now occupied by the Priorsfield housing estate, bordered by Clinton Lane (left), Beehive Hill (top), Malthouse Lane (right) and Castle Green (out of shot, bottom). The ‘then’ image is cropped from the 1953 aerial photo EAW048847 from the Britain from Above website, principally of the Castle to… Read More Clinton Lane & Beehive Hill – Then & Now

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Elmdene – Then & Now, another angle

In a recent Then & Now article we showed a comparison of the long demolished house known as Elmdene, courtesy of Joanna Illingworth. In the article, we remarked upon the difficulty in achieving an exact vantage point for the ‘now’ image, due to houses having been built on that spot subsequently, on what is now… Read More Elmdene – Then & Now, another angle

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Elmdene – Then & Now

This Then & Now comparison, of the long demolished house known as Elmdene, comes courtesy of Joanna Illingworth. Elmdene was a Victorian house that was once on the site of what is now Tulip Tree Avenue. The position of Elmdene can be seen on the following side-by-side map comparison of the OS 25-inch 1892-1914 map… Read More Elmdene – Then & Now

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Quarry House, Fieldgate Lane – Then & Now

The Then & Now comparison above shows two images used for advertisements of sale for Quarry House on Fieldgate Lane. It is interesting that the estate agent photographers, separated by the best part of a century, chose exactly the same view of the house to sell its charms. The original image is taken from a… Read More Quarry House, Fieldgate Lane – Then & Now

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Woodcote Avenue – Then & Now

This then & now pairing shows an oblique aerial photo of Woodcote Avenue and its junction with De Montfort Road. The ‘then’ photo is taken from the Cambridge Air Photos collection and is dated precisely to 30th January 1966. The ‘then’ photo is simply titled “Housing Estate, Warwicks, UK” and shows construction in progress of… Read More Woodcote Avenue – Then & Now

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The Great Chamber – Then & Now

This pair of then and now images compares a watercolour depiction of part of the inner court of Kenilworth Castle, known as The Great Chamber or White Hall, to a modern day photo of the same scene.  The original painting is in the Tate collection, painted by an artist named Heneage Finch, Fourth Earl of… Read More The Great Chamber – Then & Now

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Saintlowe Tower – Then & Now

The then and now images above show the intricate tracery of a window of the castle’s Great Hall and a corner turret of Saintlowe Tower.  The scene shown in the undated black and white ‘then’ image has not changed a great deal by the time the ‘now’ image was taken in the autumn of 2018,… Read More Saintlowe Tower – Then & Now

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Leicester’s Building – Then & Now

This then and now image comparison of Leicester’s Building is so gratifyingly unchanged, we might as well have converted the ‘now’ image to black and white just to cheat you all! There is very little difference between the two images, apart from the shadows showing the time of day the two photos were taken. Leicester’s… Read More Leicester’s Building – Then & Now

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The Duck Race – Then & Now

The undated ‘then’ photo above shows the Boxing Day Duck Race, nowadays a firm fixture in Kenilworth’s calendar over the Christmas period. The image shows officials from the Kenilworth Lions Club dumping a huge sack full of numbered plastic ducks into Finham Brook from the parapet of the Ford’s foot bridge. The banks are packed… Read More The Duck Race – Then & Now

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The Banqueting Hall – Then & Now

This wonderful old postcard captures the spirit of what it must have been like to visit Kenilworth Castle back before the age of mass tourism. The ruins look wild, ivy clad and untamed. Many a visitor must have been enticed to come and explore for themselves by such a postcard. Although undated, a similar postcard… Read More The Banqueting Hall – Then & Now

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Mrs McEwan’s School – Then & Now

This pair of then and now images evocatively captures the end of the era from before universal state education was available to all. The ‘then’ image shows the pupils of Mrs McEwan’s day school at Upper Ladyes Hills. The ‘now’ image was photographed in 2019, with the kind permission of the then owners of the… Read More Mrs McEwan’s School – Then & Now

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St Nicholas’ Churchyard – Then & Now

This undated image of St Nicholas’ Churchyard, was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. It shows the path running down from the High Street from the north-west towards the Norman west door of St Nicholas’ Church, which was rescued from the Abbey and inserted into the church’s tower by Robert… Read More St Nicholas’ Churchyard – Then & Now

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School Lane Alley – Then & Now

This ‘then’ image comes from the photo collection of Rob Steward. The alleyway shown here runs from behind number 2, Bridge Street and behind all of the houses on the eastern side of the road down to Finham Brook. On modern maps it is addressed as being part of School Lane itself. From the front,… Read More School Lane Alley – Then & Now

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St Nicholas’ South Chapel – Then & Now

This undated image of St Nicholas’ Church, was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. It shows the east end of the chancel, the south chapel and the south transept, presumably taken some time in the nineties or noughties. The ‘now’ image is mostly unchanged, save for some additional undergrowth present… Read More St Nicholas’ South Chapel – Then & Now

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The Godcake – Then & Now

This undated ‘then’ postcard shows the junction of Castle Green, Castle Hill and Castle Road opposite the Queen & Castle pub, known locally as ‘The Godcake’. The ‘now’ images was photographed in early Autumn of 2018.  First, a few words about the term ‘godcake’. I confess, I first came across the term amongst the writings… Read More The Godcake – Then & Now

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Oxpen Meadow Marsh – Then & Now

This image of Oxpen Meadow, was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. In the distance (left) is the Castle, and in front of it can be seen 38 Castle Road, beside the Ford. The meadow beneath Little Virginia can be seen to the rear. A few trees have come and… Read More Oxpen Meadow Marsh – Then & Now

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The Stone House Courtyard – Then & Now

This image of the Stone House’s courtyard, was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer.  This image pairing shows the courtyard belonging to the grand Stone House on the High Street, to the west of the main house itself.  The house itself has large grounds to the rear, including a tennis… Read More The Stone House Courtyard – Then & Now

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The Stone House – Then & Now

This image of The Stone House, was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. This image shows the garden wall and eastern end of The Stone House. This imposing dwelling was Grade II listed as early as June 1949, which is very early indeed for a listing, presumably reflecting the grandiose… Read More The Stone House – Then & Now

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50 – 62 High Street – Then & Now

This image of 50 – 62 High Street was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer.  The ‘then’ image is undated, but presumably taken some time in the nineties or noughties. The ‘now’ image was taken in the autumn of 2018. Little has changed between the two images, save for a… Read More 50 – 62 High Street – Then & Now

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Kenilworth Junction – Then & Now

Sometimes it is almost impossible to match a then and now view, and this is most definitely one of those scenarios. This then and now pairing shows what was known as Kenilworth Junction, situated in The Common. The bridge shown is that of Common Lane, as it crosses the railway from east to west. Kenilworth… Read More Kenilworth Junction – Then & Now

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The Malthouse – Then & Now

This early photo of the southern end of Malthouse Lane is notable for two reasons. Firstly, it shows the road as a rural lane, surrounded by fields, long before the modern housing estates built in the 1950s and 1960s existed. Secondly, it also shows the actual Malt House, which gives the road its name.  Today,… Read More The Malthouse – Then & Now

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Priory Road Fields – Then & Now

This fascinating Then & Now comparison shows a view of Priory Road at a time when the west side of the road was yet to be built upon. A pair of girls, dressed in smart white smocks and wide brimmed hats, look on curiously at the photographer. Behind them, fields stretch as far as the… Read More Priory Road Fields – Then & Now

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Oxpen Meadow – Then & Now

This image of the lake at Oxpen Meadow, Abbey Fields, was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. Formerly a fishpond belonging to the Abbey of St Mary up until the dissolution, Robin Leach dates its draining to become the oxpen meadow as c1650. Harry Sunley tells us in A Kenilworth… Read More Oxpen Meadow – Then & Now

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Abbey Fields Playground – Then & Now

This Then & Now comparison is one which, at first glance, appears to be little changed, due perhaps to the relatively small timescale between the two images, but on closer inspection the differences begin to appear. The undated ‘then’ image may perhaps have been taken some time in the late nineties or early noughties, the… Read More Abbey Fields Playground – Then & Now

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Bridge Street from High Street – Then & Now

This image of the junction of High Street, Fieldgate Lane, New Street and Bridge Street was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer.  The ‘then’ image is undated, but the ‘now’ image was taken in the summer of 2018. At the time the ‘now’ photo was taken, the former Abbotsford School… Read More Bridge Street from High Street – Then & Now

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Upper High Street – Then & Now

This image of the upper High Street and its environs was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. The ‘then’ image is undated, presumably having been taken some time in the early 2000s, whereas the ‘now’ image dates from Summer 2018. Little has changed between the two images. In the distance… Read More Upper High Street – Then & Now

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Lower Ladyes Hills and Allotments – Then & Now

This image of Lower Ladyes Hills and allotments was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. The images were both taken from the Manor Road bridge, looking towards Lower Ladyes Hills. The allotments shown here sit on the former site of the Woodmill Pool, a mill pond used to feed the… Read More Lower Ladyes Hills and Allotments – Then & Now

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Abbey Hotel – Then & Now

This image of the old Abbey Hotel wall was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. It shows the Abbey Hotel in the late 1980s or early 1990s, now converted to flats. Betty Sunley wrote in Kenilworth History 2006 / 2007 of the hotel’s predecessor, based on information from Robin Leach’s… Read More Abbey Hotel – Then & Now

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Manor Road Bridge – Then & Now

This image of the surviving part of the Manor Road bridge was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. It shows a view from Manor Road looking towards Park Road taken some time in the late 1980s or early 1990s, matched to an image taken in the Summer of 2018. David… Read More Manor Road Bridge – Then & Now

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The Keep – Then & Now

This image of the Kenilworth Castle’s Keep was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. It shows the Keep some time in the late 1980s or early 1990s, and again in the summer of 2018. According to the English Heritage history of the Castle, “Henry I (reigned 1100–35) granted land from… Read More The Keep – Then & Now

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Abbey Gatehouse Archway – Then & Now

This image of an archway adjoining the Abbey Gatehouse was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. The comparison shows two images of the archway into the sunken chamber beside the Abbey Gatehouse, sadly showing visible signs of deterioration to the stone work between the two images. The ‘then’ image above… Read More Abbey Gatehouse Archway – Then & Now

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The Old Council House – Then & Now

This image of the Old Council House was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. According to Harry Sunley’s A Kenilworth Chronology (Odiborune Press, 1989) the Old Council House was built on Upper Rosemary Hill in 1885, at a cost of £1600 including the land.  Robin Leach, however, has a slightly… Read More The Old Council House – Then & Now

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Rebuilding the Lapidarium Wall – Then & Now

These images of the restoration of the Abbey’s Lapidarium Wall were provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. A lapidarium (from the Latin lapis, meaning stone) is defined as a place where stone monuments and fragments of archæological interest are exhibited. The images show the rebuilding of the wall in 1984,… Read More Rebuilding the Lapidarium Wall – Then & Now

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The Chapter House Wall – Then & Now

This 1980s ‘then’ image of the surviving part of the Abbey’s chapter house wall was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. The ‘now’ image was taken in the Summer of 2018. The area of the Abbey is a scheduled ancient monument under the Ancient Monuments and Archæological Areas Act 1979.… Read More The Chapter House Wall – Then & Now

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Lower Bridge Street – Then & Now

This undated image of Bridge Street was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. It shows Bridge Street looking north, taken from the hump of the former air-raid shelter on Rosemary Hill. In the distance we can see the distinctive white, Grade II listed, late 18th Century Kenilworth Hall, former grand… Read More Lower Bridge Street – Then & Now

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The Sally Port – Then & Now

This Then & Now comparison pairs a 1960s ‘then’ colour image of what is possibly the castle’s Sally Port with a 2018 ‘now’ equivalent. The images have both been taken with a zoom lens from Echo Meadow to capture the stretch of the castle’s curtain wall between Leicester’s Building and Mortimer’s Tower from the outside.… Read More The Sally Port – Then & Now

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Abbey End 1980s – Then & Now

This 1980s image of Abbey End was provided to KHAS from the collection of the late Reg Palmer. It shows the section of Abbey End which was redeveloped post-war, to replace the row of residential and commercial properties destroyed in the Blitz. The site of the Bluebell Cafe (extreme left) is now occupied by Pizza… Read More Abbey End 1980s – Then & Now

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Buck Print of the Abbey – Then & Now

This Then & Now comparison attempts to match the view of St Mary’s Abbey, Kenilworth as captured an engraving by brothers Samuel and Nathaniel Buck in 1729. The engraving is taken from their work Views of Ruins of Castles & Abbeys in England, Part 2, 1726-1739. Prolific antiquarians, the Yorkshire born Buck brothers travelled the… Read More Buck Print of the Abbey – Then & Now

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The Square and Lord Leycester’s Lodge – Then & Now

This then and now comparison shows a pre-war view of the clock tower at Abbey End. It can be identified as pre-war simply because it shows part of Lord Leycester’s Lodge (extreme right) which was destroyed by the Luftwaffe parachute mine of November 1940. We can also see the steps beneath the clock tower, later… Read More The Square and Lord Leycester’s Lodge – Then & Now

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Hollar Print of the Castle – Then & Now

This then and now pair of images shows part of an etching by Wenceslas Hollar of Kenilworth Castle, matched with a modern view from 2017. Hollar, properly known as Vaclav Hollar in his native tongue, was born in Prague in 1607 and died in London in 1677, having first travelled over with Lord Arundel to… Read More Hollar Print of the Castle – Then & Now

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High Street Aerial View – Then & Now

This Then & Now image is a cropped portion of aerial photo EAW025675 taken from the wonderful Britain From Above website. If you have a moment, I can highly recommend registering for free on the website, because doing so enables you to zoom into their high resolution images to examine details close up. This particular… Read More High Street Aerial View – Then & Now

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12 – 16 Warwick Road – Then & Now

This ‘then’ view shows the east side of Warwick Road between Station Road and Talisman Square, once the site of The Tannery. Most interestingly in this view, is a glimpse of a row of old cottages, which survived until the demolition frenzy of the 1960s. The History of Warwick Road Tannery, Kenilworth (Gould & James,… Read More 12 – 16 Warwick Road – Then & Now

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The Ford – Then & Now

This old postcard of a horse and cart crossing through The Ford is instantly recognisable, despite subtle changes in the scene over the years. The good citizens of Kenilworth have had ample opportunity to build a bridge here over the years, given the disruption it causes when in flood. The reluctance to do so seems… Read More The Ford – Then & Now

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Whateley’s Nursery & Railway – Then and Now

This week’s Then & Now comparison comes courtesy of local historian Robin Leach, who has written extensively on the town’s history, including books focusing specifically on the railway such as Rails to Kenilworth and Milverton (Rookfield Publications, 1999). This remarkable photograph is part of the London & North Western Railway Society archive (which is based in Kenilworth) and… Read More Whateley’s Nursery & Railway – Then and Now

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Buck Print of the Castle – Then & Now

This Then & Now comparison attempts to locate the vantage point of a famous engraving, entitled The East View of Kenilworth Castle in the County of Warwick by Samuel and Nathaniel Buck. The Buck brothers set out around England in 1724 to record numerous antiquaries, including abbeys, castles and townscapes, usually under the patronage of… Read More Buck Print of the Castle – Then & Now

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Prince of Wales Visit to the Castle – Then & Now

This pair of Then & Now images shows the visit of Edward, Prince of Wales to Kenilworth Castle. The ‘then’ image is an artificially colourised version of another black and white photograph held by Warwick County Records Office. Whoever did the colourisation was evidently unsure which of the Gatehouse windows were bricked up and which… Read More Prince of Wales Visit to the Castle – Then & Now

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Carnival on Castle Hill – Then & Now

This Then & Now comparison shows the Carnival of 1978 as it climbs up Castle Hill towards the High Street, matched with an equivalent image taken from last year’s carnival. The ‘then’ image is 40 years old this week. Perhaps some readers may recognise themselves amongst the crowds? For once, your author can be certain… Read More Carnival on Castle Hill – Then & Now

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The Fairy Bridge – Then & Now

This Then & Now comparison shows what is variously referred to on old postcards as either the ‘rustic bridge’ or ‘fairy bridge’, which once connected Mortimer’s Tower to the outer bailey. This allowed visitors inside the castle to cross outwards to visit Mortimer’s Tower at a time when it was otherwise inaccessible from either inside… Read More The Fairy Bridge – Then & Now

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Turner’s ‘Kenilworth Castle’ – Then & Now

It is testament to the fame that the romantic ruins of Kenilworth Castle attained in the early 19th century that an artist of J. M. W. Turner’s calibre chose to paint the scene shown here.  The painting of circa 1830, in watercolour, bodycolour and graphite on paper, is now in the Fine Arts Museums of… Read More Turner’s ‘Kenilworth Castle’ – Then & Now

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Site of Lord Leycester’s Lodge – Then & Now

This Then & Now comparison shows the site of another casualty of the night of the 21st of November 1940, when a lone Luftwaffe bomber dropped a parachute mine over Abbey End. This is where a centuries old timber framed building known as Lord Leycester’s Lodge stood until it was fatally damaged during the tragic… Read More Site of Lord Leycester’s Lodge – Then & Now

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The Site of the Globe – Then & Now

On the night of the 21st of November 1940, a lone Luftwaffe bomber dropped a parachute mine over Abbey End. The above-ground explosion destroyed a swathe of the densely packed shops, houses and pubs and resulted in the tragic deaths of 26 people, many of whom were refugees from Coventry who had come to Kenilworth… Read More The Site of the Globe – Then & Now

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The Tannery Pits – Then & Now

This week’s Then & Now comes courtesy of prolific local historian Robin Leach, whose recent research on Kenilworth’s involvement with animal skin processing, in particular on two major sites in the town centre and at Mill End, will soon be available in his new book Kenilworth People and Places, Volume 3  (Rookfield Publications, 2018) which is due to… Read More The Tannery Pits – Then & Now

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The Fellmongery – Then & Now

This week’s Then & Now comes courtesy of prolific local historian Robin Leach, whose recent research on Kenilworth’s involvement with animal skin processing, in particular on two major sites in the town centre and at Mill End, will soon be available in his forthcoming book Kenilworth People and Places, Volume 3  (2018). Henry Street established his fellmongers… Read More The Fellmongery – Then & Now

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Midland Bank, Warwick Road – Then & Now

The pictures above show a much modified Edwardian terrace, now numbered 44 – 46 The Square, Kenilworth. The ‘Then’ picture was taken from a Kenilworth Weekly News article published in May 1979 in the KHAS archives. The article explains that the original photo was snapped in 1950. It shows that numbers 44 – 46 were… Read More Midland Bank, Warwick Road – Then & Now

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Kenilworth House – Then & Now

This etching comes from a beautifully printed invoice from the wonderfully named “Mrs T.R. Stevens, Milliner and Costumier, Ladies & Children’s Outfitter, Depot for Dr Jaeger’s Clothing”. The millinery shop stood at the mouth of School Lane, at its junction with Rosemary Hill. This etching shows just how narrow School Lane was at this point.… Read More Kenilworth House – Then & Now

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Old House, Bridge Street – Then & Now

This colourised postcard shows a collection of wonderful old timber-framed properties on Bridge Street, which were the subject of our very first Then & Now comparison back in December 2015. It was a very pertinent bit of subject matter for the Society, as it is the destruction of these buildings in 1961 that caused a… Read More Old House, Bridge Street – Then & Now

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Fire Brigade – Then & Now

Fire Brigade on Upper Rosemary HillThis Then & Now comparison shows a photograph from 1883 of Kenilworth Fire Brigade posing with their manual pump fire engine on Upper Rosemary Hill. At the time, the brigade’s engine house was situated round the corner, fronting onto Savage lane (now Richards Close). The subsequent engine house stood at… Read More Fire Brigade – Then & Now

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Cosy Cafe – Then & Now

This postcard shows the Cosy Cafe on Castle Green, which served teas to tourists who came to the town to take in the majestic ruins of Kenilworth Castle. It boasted sumptuous interiors such as the Lustre Room, with lace tablecloths and horse brasses hanging from the ceiling, and a small garden for those brave enough… Read More Cosy Cafe – Then & Now

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House in The Common – Then & Now

This quaint postcard of Kenilworth Common shows a pair of semi-detached Victorian houses, with smoke pouring from the chimney stack. A family gathering of the inhabitants poses for the camera. A side-by-side map comparison with the OS 25 Inch, 1892 – 1905 map shows that these houses were reachable only by a trackway which ran… Read More House in The Common – Then & Now

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Leicester’s Stable Interior – Then & Now

This Then & Now comparison shows Lord Leicester’s Stables, Kenilworth Castle, when it first became used as a cafe for visitors. Later renovations and alterations have since removed extra beams and props and made subtle alterations to the brick and stonework, which make an exact ‘now’ match more troublesome than it might first appear. Hence,… Read More Leicester’s Stable Interior – Then & Now

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Clinton Lane – Then & Now

Readers of this Then & Now feature will be familiar with the fate of some of the buildings shown on this Then & Now comparison. The surviving timber framed cottage buildings in the ‘now’ image are Chase Cottage and Little Chase Cottage (centre). At the rear of the ‘now’ image we can see the white… Read More Clinton Lane – Then & Now

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E.H. Watts VG Stores – Then & Now

In previous Then & Now comparisons we saw how the old fashioned terraced shop belonging to W.H Watts at number 30 Warwick Road was converted to a modern supermarket by knocking it through into the house at number 32 next door. This Then & Now comparison shows the finished article, complete with a supporting pillar… Read More E.H. Watts VG Stores – Then & Now

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W.R. Barnett and W.H. Watts – Then & Now

This row of Warwick Road properties has undergone so many alterations and demolitions that there aren’t very many clues as to which are their modern day counterparts. However, from similar images it is possible to deduce that the properties on the left of the image, up to and including W.R. Barnett’s Fried Fish and Oyster… Read More W.R. Barnett and W.H. Watts – Then & Now

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32 Warwick Road Demolition – Then & Now

This Then & Now image shows the demolition the frontage of what is now numbered 30 Warwick Road. As We will see in subsequent Then & Nows, this work was done in preparation for the widening of the E.H. Watts grocery store at number 32 next door, the doorway to which is just visible on… Read More 32 Warwick Road Demolition – Then & Now

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Boots the Chemist, Warwick Road – Then & Now

This Then & Now pairing shows Boots the Chemist on Warwick Road, some time in the early 1960s and its modern day equivalent location. This grand old double bay windowed house, known as The Limes, was subdivided and converted into two shops. It stood next door to the Tannery Gates, out of shot to the… Read More Boots the Chemist, Warwick Road – Then & Now

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Abbey Hill – Then & Now

This Then & Now image is taken from Upper Rosemary Hill and shows the Abbey Hotel which stands at the junction of Priory Road, Abbey Hill and Rosemary Hill. Very little appears to have changed in the two scenes, but there are some vital clues in the ‘then’ image which allow us to provide some… Read More Abbey Hill – Then & Now

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Cumnor House – Then & Now

This then & now pairing shows an etching of the grand property named Cumnor House, which sits opposite the War Memorial at 17 – 19 Abbey Hill, along with a modern day equivalent photo from 2017. The name is perhaps a reference to Cumnor Place near Oxford, in which Amy Robsart, wife of Robert Dudley, lived… Read More Cumnor House – Then & Now

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Warwickshire Hunt – Then & Now

This pair of then & now photos show a once familiar scene when the Warwickshire Hunt gathered for its traditional Boxing Day meeting in the car park of Kenilworth Castle. The hounds are gathered and the horses seem to be mounted by exceptionally youthful riders except for one or two older members, which leads one… Read More Warwickshire Hunt – Then & Now

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Postcard of The Square & Clock Tower – Then & Now

This postcard of The Square can be dated between 1906 when the clock tower was constructed and the 1930s when alterations were made to the buildings comprising Numbers 1 & 2, The Square behind the clocktower. Long distance shots of the same scene can be found in previous Then & Now comparisons here and here.… Read More Postcard of The Square & Clock Tower – Then & Now

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Tannery Gates, Warwick Road, early 1965 – Then & Now

Pictures of the gates of the old Tannery on Warwick Road, where Talisman Square now stands, are relatively few and far between. This one was taken in early 1965 by John Drew for his book Kenilworth – A Manor of The King (Pleasaunce Press, 1971). Harry Sunley records in A Kenilworth Chronology (Odibourne Press, 1989).that… Read More Tannery Gates, Warwick Road, early 1965 – Then & Now

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Randall Road Junction, 1971 – Then & Now

Here we see yet another Then & Now pairing which illustrates the scale of the demolition along Warwick Road in the 1960s and 1970s. This scene shows a row of houses at the junction of Randall Road and Warwick Road, taken in 1971 by John Drew for his book Kenilworth – A Manor of The… Read More Randall Road Junction, 1971 – Then & Now

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Post Office, 1969 – Then & Now

This then & now pair shows the old Post Office building on the corner of Barrow Road and Warwick Road in 1969, shortly before its demolition, taken by John Drew for his book Kenilworth – A Manor of The King (Pleasaunce Press, 1971). According to Victorian Kenilworth and Its People (Rookfield Publications, 2006) by Robin… Read More Post Office, 1969 – Then & Now

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Mr Hughes’ Bakery, St John’s – Then & Now

The postcard above shows an undated view of Mr J. Hughes’ bakery, opposite St John’s church, with the proprietor and presumably his son and daughter in the doorway. A horse and cart has stopped in the road outside to pose for the photographer. The sign above also advertises a sideline “Sacks for Hire”. Fresh loaves… Read More Mr Hughes’ Bakery, St John’s – Then & Now

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King’s Head Sign, Then & Now

For a number of years the location of the former King’s Head pub, known to have existed from licensing records, was lost to us. All that changed with an intriguing discovery during demolition work next door. The King’s Head, incidentally, is not to be confused with the nearby King’s Arms & Castle on the opposite… Read More King’s Head Sign, Then & Now

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Fairview, July 1964 – Then & Now

Younger readers may be unaware that a row of houses, named Fairview, once stood where the entrance of the Sainsbury’s carpark now lies. This ‘then’ photo was taken in July 1964 by John Drew for his book Kenilworth – A Manor of The King (Pleasaunce Press, 1971) shortly before the row was demolished. According to… Read More Fairview, July 1964 – Then & Now

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Old Vicarage & Tithe Barn – High Street

This famous old postcard shows the demolition of the old Old Vicarage, in preparation for the building of the Parochial Hall. The vicar of St Nicholas’ Church, to which the hall belongs, seems to be taking an unusually hands-on approach to the proceedings and is pictured here half way up a ladder surrounded by workmen.… Read More Old Vicarage & Tithe Barn – High Street

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Cars Parked at Abbey End – Then & Now

This then and now pair shows a snowy Abbey End as it appeared in the 1960s, still unoccupied since the rubble was cleared away from the destruction of the parachute mine in November 1940. The rubble of the old buildings was cleared away and the site was used as a car park for many years… Read More Cars Parked at Abbey End – Then & Now

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Little Virginia Cottage – Then & Now

This pair of Then & Now photos shows just how poor the state of repair of the cottages in Little Virginia had become by the late 1960s and early 1970s. Given how idyllic these cottages are today and given their prime location adjacent to historic Kenilworth Castle it seems inconceivable that they lay derelict. This… Read More Little Virginia Cottage – Then & Now

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151, 153 & 155 Warwick Road, 1964 – Then & Now

The narrative of this then & now post will be familiar to regular readers. This mid 1960s photo shows a row of brick cottages that comprised 151, 153 & 155 Warwick Road, photographed by John Drew in 1964 for his book Kenilworth – A Manor of The King (Pleasaunce Press, 1971) shortly before its demolition.… Read More 151, 153 & 155 Warwick Road, 1964 – Then & Now

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NatWest Bank – Then & Now

This week’s Then & Now comparison is provided by two local guest contributors who worked in Kenilworth’s NatWest Bank branch before it closed on the 13th of June 2017. The pictures were kindly supplied by Kally Radcliffe to mark the branch’s closure. The text was provided by another ex-branch employee Mark Francis, taken from a… Read More NatWest Bank – Then & Now

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High Street Children – Then & Now

This Then & Now pair of photos shows a group of children posing for the camera at the junction of High Street, New Street, Bridge Street and Fieldgate Lane. The group was posed just off the carriageway but thanks to road widening it would not be advisable for children to linger there today! A pair… Read More High Street Children – Then & Now

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86 Warwick Road – Then & Now

Had it not been for the fact that the mid-1960s ‘then’ photo above was labelled as ‘86 Warwick Road’, it would have been very difficult to identify the ‘now’ equivalent. In fact, only the tip the chimney of the neighboring Sagar’s carpet shop, poking above the roofline of the now demolished cottage, gives us any… Read More 86 Warwick Road – Then & Now

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Castle Hill & New Row – Then & Now

This undated postcard shows Castle Hill and Little Virginia, with the keep of Kenilworth Castle looming behind. An abundance of foliage has sprung up in the intervening years which means the castle itself is now obscured but the remainder of the scene is largely unaltered. Obscured by the foliage (far right in the ‘now’ photo),… Read More Castle Hill & New Row – Then & Now

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17 – 23 Warwick Road, 1964 – Then & Now

If you were to gather together all of the timber framed and thatched properties demolished in Kenilworth from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s you could build yourself a very pretty, historic village. The area most scarred by this destruction is Warwick Road. At the turn of the 20th Century, Warwick Road still resembled the sort… Read More 17 – 23 Warwick Road, 1964 – Then & Now

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The Swimming Pool, Abbey Fields – Then & Now

This week’s Then & Now comparison comes from our guest contributor, the esteemed local historian Robin Leach. Robin has written numerous books on the history of Kenilworth, maintains two websites on Victorian Kenilworth and Kenilworth in WWII and will be the guest speaker on the History of the Abbey Fields at October’s KHAS meeting.  The photos… Read More The Swimming Pool, Abbey Fields – Then & Now

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Castle Green Chapel of Ease – Then & Now

This then & now pairing shows a 1960s view of numbers 12 and 13 Castle Green, the origins of which have been the source of much speculation in recent years. The scene looks remarkably unchanged today, save for the differing garden features. Norman Stevens proposed in Kenilworth History 2001 – 2002 that these properties might… Read More Castle Green Chapel of Ease – Then & Now

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Old Cob House, Fieldgate Lane – Then & Now

This rustic looking mid-1960s scene is an image of Fieldgate Lane at the junction of Fancott Drive. The ‘then’ photo was captioned as ‘Old Cob Building’ which relates to the cottage on the right, which has since been demolished. Cob is defined as “a natural building material made from subsoil, water, some kind of fibrous… Read More Old Cob House, Fieldgate Lane – Then & Now

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The Red Lion – Then & Now

This Then & Now pairing shows the High Street in the mid 1960s looking down towards the direction of New Street. The scene is gratifyingly unchanged today, although the red bricked number 44 on the extreme left has been re-fronted since the original photo was taken. Every self respecting English market town should have a… Read More The Red Lion – Then & Now

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Little Chase Cottage – Then, Then & Now

In March 2017 we posted a Then & Now image showing Little Chase Cottage on Clinton Lane featuring a 1960s colour photo, presumably taken by KHAS member Rob Steward. In the background of the 1960s ‘then’ image it is clear that something had recently been demolished. Today’s slightly unusual ‘Then, Then & Now’ post provides… Read More Little Chase Cottage – Then, Then & Now

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Waverley Road – Then & Now

Not all Then & Now articles relate to dramatic changes or destruction and reconstruction. This Then & Now comparison shows a Waverley Road of the 1960s that is immediately familiar to modern eyes. In fact, only the differences that really stand out are the models of the cars on display. A few more front gardens… Read More Waverley Road – Then & Now

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The West Side of The Square – Then & Now

This mid-1960s image shows a rank of shops on the west side of The Square, opposite the clock tower, which survived the blitz and look remarkably unchanged today. A lost telephone box and belisha beacon represent pretty much the only substantial changes in the foreground of the image. Parking was still permitted along Warwick Road… Read More The West Side of The Square – Then & Now

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The Square from Warwick Road – Then & Now

This scene of Warwick Road and The Square is much like many other postcards of the scene from the era. It does however show The Square before the Clock Tower was built in 1906. The right hand side of the scene is not unfamiliar to modern eyes. The buildings either side of Station Road, including… Read More The Square from Warwick Road – Then & Now

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Kenilworth Station Platforms – Then & Now

This is a timely Then & Now pairing, insofar as Kenilworth, which has been without a station since the old station was shut in the 1960s, is at last making visible progress in building a replacement. Both stations are visible in the Then & Now scenes above, taken from the Priory Road footbridge. The curve… Read More Kenilworth Station Platforms – Then & Now

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Randall Road Junction – Then & Now

This Then & Now pairing shows the junction of Randall Road and Warwick Road, taken from the niche where the estate agents opposite is a little bit set back from the road compared to its neighbours. It shows the rank of cottages and shops that preceded the modern day building in which Peacocks now resides.… Read More Randall Road Junction – Then & Now

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St John’s – Then & Now

This sedate looking scene of the St John’s end of town shows a horse and cart heading towards the direction of Warwick, watched over by an elderly gentleman in a top hat. A lady in fine attire and an elegant hat walks alongside on the pavement. A child in a smock is ambling along in… Read More St John’s – Then & Now