Coventry Kid

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Coventry’s famous clock depicting Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom

If anyone had asked me before I started researching my family history where I was from I would have said emphatically “Coventry”. I considered myself a ‘Coventry Kid’ through and through. However I was soon to find out that my Coventry bloodline only came down through my Mother’s family. Here I can trace generations back of people born in that city. Yes both of my parents were born there but my Father’s family came from several places ‘down south’!

Looking at my maternal line the furthest afield they seemed to go was Birmingham, 20 miles down the road. This would probably be to find work but they always came back to their home city.

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Coventry Transport Museum

My paternal Grandmother, while she herself was born in Coventry in the district of Foleshill and Lowe, her father originated from Portsea in Hampshire. Her mother’s family, the Holtom’s, were a Coventry family.

My paternal Grandfather had moved to Coventry from Hook Norton in Oxfordshire where I can trace back his mother’s family. His father however was born in Buckingham, which was the county town of Buckinghamshire until the 18th century, when that honour fell to Aylesbury. In fact I can trace his family back to the villages of Tingewick and Preston Bisset both in Buckinghamshire.

So I may have a strange Midlands accent but as for a pure Coventry lineage that has been blown out of the water.

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Swanswell Gate, Coventry. One of the two remaining town wall gates.
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