Eastern Green (Past & Present) Vol 3

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The History Group presents this, the third volume of articles and memories of Eastern Green and its surrounding area.

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Eastern Green Past & Present Volume 3

 

Introduction

The History Group presents this, the third volume of articles and memories of Eastern Green and its surrounding area. Since 2009, when Volume 2 was published, a number of changes to the physical environment have occurred. Notably we have witnessed the ‘passing’ of two of our public houses and their replacement with new housing developments and everyone will be aware that the Massey tower block has now disappeared. Bannerbrook Park has grown, and is still growing, on the old Banner Lane site. Each of these events is reflected in the contents of Volume 3. Incidentally, can we welcome all of the new residents to our locality?

I am minded of the old adage, ‘The rest of history starts from now’, and would like to encourage younger readers to make a note of significant events of local history which have a bearing on their lives and possibly to retain some photographic evidence of them. It is surprising how quickly the years role by. Much recorded English ecclesiastical history of the 5th to7th centuries is attributable to one dedicated scholar, the Venerable Bede; and he didn’t have a laptop or a digital camera! Move forward three centuries or so, there is no known record made at the time that Lady Godiva actually ‘did ride naked, before all the people, through the market’ of Coventry. It was not written about by any of the chroniclers until over 150 years after her death. To emphasise the point, the History Group is not aware of any chronological record of the development of Eastern Green since the 1960’s, so there is work to be done.

There are many perspectives of local history. Some contributions are biographical, based on personal recollections of past times. Other reviews are based on systematic study of available reports and statistics and yet others on scholarly research. Over the three volumes, so far published, we have attempted to present a mix both in terms of time period and content. I hope you will enjoy the latest selection.

Graham Coles