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11 Years of Age And Gazing
I never swam here but I remember going there with my family and walking around the Abbey Fields and coming across the Swimming Pool. It was a hot summers day and we spent the afternoon sunbathing and me well...sunbathing and gazing of which I loved to do.
Swimming All Summer
I remember this so well. We went nearly every day in the school holidays. I can even remember the fence which was quite new and smelt of creosote! I think that could be me on the far left of this photograph. I was very excited to see this picture!
Was amazed to find this photograph! My grandmother's house was the white-walled thatched building in the middle distance. It's called Robsart Cottage, a 15th Century cottage built to house the building foreman supervising additions to nearby Kenilworth Castle. The cottage is named after Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester's wife Amy Robsart who died in mysterious circumstances at nearby Cumnor Hall. Grandma's house in Coventry was destroyed by a German bomb during 1941 and she was rehoused in Robsart Cottage and lived there until her death in 1970. When I was about 2, I remember visiting her in 1960 and visiting the sweet shop (Cafe). opposite.
Memories of Kenilworth!!
I live in South Africa now but have memories of learning to swim in this pool in the 60's. Theres a lovely house in the Abbey Fields which my South African husband says we are going to retire to!! My Dad, John Walker, living in New Zealand now, played in Abbey Fields as a child. Kenilworth is one of my favourite places in the World!!
George Goode who was born at Wappenbury in the 1840s was one of the builders who worked constructing this church. He was my great grandfather on my father's side of the family. His daughter was Ellen Louisa Goode who married Thomas Pratt. He was once an officer at the Reformatory at Weston under Wetherley. He later became a master baker and became baker at Moreton Morrell.
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