Then & Now

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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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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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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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

Events

KHAS Evening Walkabout on Monday July 10th

Dear KHAS Member, This is a slightly earlier than usual reminder that there will be a KHAS evening walkabout on Monday July 10th.  Sue Martin’s information about the event, as published in the June Newsletter, is given in full below: The summer evening walkabout will be on Monday 10th July.  We will meet on Bridge Street near the entrance to… Read More KHAS Evening Walkabout on Monday July 10th

Events

Members Only Outings – July 10th & August 19th

Members Only Outings – A reminder that our July and August meetings will comprise a local walk about and an outing further afield respectively: Bridge Street Walkabout – Monday 10th July For our July evening ‘walk about’ we will be looking at points of historic interest in the Bridge Street area. Members attending this walk about are requested to assemble… Read More Members Only Outings – July 10th & August 19th

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Bridge Street from Kenilworth Hall – Then & Now

This slightly sinister looking scene shows Bridge Street, presumably taken from Kenilworth Hall. The ‘then’ photo shows what might conceivably be a local bobby peering suspiciously round a gas lamp at the photographer. Warwickshire, like all counties nationally, had been forced to provide a constabulary by Act of Parliament since 1858. Kenilworth Hall was owned by… Read More Bridge Street from Kenilworth Hall – Then & Now

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Bridge Street from Abbey Fields – Then & Now

This postcard scene shows Bridge Street and Rosemary Hill from the Abbey Fields. The ‘then’ postcard must date to about 1905 or 1906, as the the avenue of trees along the path between Bridge Street and Abbey Hill is newly planted. Following the dissolution of the Abbey of St Mary, Kenilworth in 1538, the land… Read More Bridge Street from Abbey Fields – Then & Now

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Rosemary Hill – Then & Now

This then and now view shows Rosemary Hill looking towards Bridge Street. According to Helen Scott & Richard Storey in ‘A Second Kenilworth Collection’ (Odibourne Press, 1988) the elegantly gabled building shown (centre) was a millinery shop that once stood at the corner of School Lane and Rosemary Hill.  It was demolished for road widening… Read More Rosemary Hill – Then & Now

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J.C. Clarke, Wheelwrights, Bridge Street – Then & Now

Another shot of the timber framed tannery buildings that later housed J.C. Clarke, Wheelwrights up until 1952, which stood on Bridge Street until it was demolished in May 1961. The Ministry of Housing had endorsed the Council surveyor’s view that the buildings had become dangerous, despite them having been listed as having architectural or historic… Read More J.C. Clarke, Wheelwrights, Bridge Street – Then & Now

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Bridge Street – Then & Now

Bridge Street, Kenilworth. The old timber framed houses to the left of the ‘then’ photo were demolished in May 1961, despite having been listed as having architectural or historic interest since July 1949. Harry Sunley in his book ‘A Kenilworth Chronology’ (Odibourne Press, 1989) tells us that these buildings had housed J.C. Clarke, Wheelwrights, up… Read More Bridge Street – Then & Now