Willenhall, Coventry


Willenhall, Coventry

Willenhall is a suburb of Coventry in the West Midlands of England.

Willenhall is in the south-east of the city adjacent to the suburbs of Binley, Ernesford Grange and Whitley. It covers the area bounded by the Rugby to Coventry railway line, the River Sowe and the city's boundary with Warwickshire.

For general election purposes it is part of the Coventry South Constituency and for local elections it forms part of the Binley and Willenhall ward on Coventry City Council.

Willenhall was originally a small village that was absorbed into the city as it expanded. During the Second world war the Chace National Service Hostel was built in the area to accommodate the influx of munitions workers to the City. After the war the estate became established with the building of a large number of council houses. The area today remains mainly residential though to the south-east there is 9 hectares of woodland called Willenhall Wood which has been designated a nature reserve.

Willenhall is now the location of the Chace Avenue police station which is the home of the M2 operational command unit of the West Midlands Police that covers most of the south and south-eastern areas of Coventry.

Education

Willenhall has 3 Primary schools :
*St. Anne's RC
*Stretton Church of England
*Willenhall Community

For Secondary education the pupils of the above primary schools normally advance to :
*Bishop Ullathorne RC School
*Ernesford Grange School & Community College
*Whitley Abbey Community School

Religion

The Church of England parish church for Willenhall is St John the Divine which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007. The area is also served by St Anne’s Roman Catholic Church and Willenhall Free Church which is affiliated with the FIEC.

Air crash

Willenhall was the site of a major air crash when at 9:52 a.m. on 21 December 1994 an aircraft approaching Coventry Airport, in poor visibility, crashed into Willenhall Wood, killing all five crew on board.The aircraft was a Boeing 737 that was owned and operated by Air Algerie but leased by Phoenix Aviation to undertake a number of live veal calf export flights from the airport.

A brass plaque remembering the event is now located in Middle Ride, close to the crash scene, which was erected on the crash’s 10th anniversary by the Willenhall Wood Residents Association. [cite web
url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/coventry_warwickshire/4113833.stm
title=Aeroplane crash dead remembered
date=2004-12-21
work=BBC News Online
publisher=BBC
accessdate=2008-02-16
]

Gallery

References

External links

* [http://www.virtualmuseum.co.uk/ Virtual Museum, Willenhall, Coventry]
* [http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/chaceavenue/index.shtml Chace Avenue (M2) operational command unit]


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