Damage further afield

Although the damage at Abbey End caused by the landmine is well known, not so often recorded is how far away its effect was felt. This gives an impression of just how forceful the explosion was.

 

Station Road

At the rear of the 'Kings Arms' in Station Road was a building best known as 'The Vaults'. This had two floors, its upper being used as an assembly room and the town's first cinema. The top floor was badly damaged by the landmine and was removed but oddly leaving the surviving part with a staggered roof line. The new roof was made from corrugated iron and survived until the 'Kings Arms' site was rebuilt in the mid 1980s; it was thought to be the last 'temporary' war-time building repair to survive.

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Approximate distance from the explosion: 130 yards.

 

38 Station Road

38 Station Road was the home of Frank Holmes and his wife Kate. They made one room available for evacuees from Coventry and at the time of the landmine falling were housing Vic and Win Lewis. The house lost most of its windows which, owing to glass shortages, were not repaired for some time.

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This photograph shows the damaged windows of 38 Station Road, the house frontage is still very recognisable today, although the railings and gate have gone. Evacuee Win Lewis is on the left, Kate Holmes centre, and on the right her step daughter Joan, the mother of Douglas Robertson who supplied the photograph and details.

 

 Borrowell Lane Nurseries

The Borrowell Lane nurseries were established in the later Victorian years and covered an area today occupied by Mercia Avenue and Greville Road. About 2 acres of greenhouses had virtually all the glass destroyed. 

Approximate distance from the explosion: 200 yards.

 

Whateleys Drive Nurseries

Henry Whateley established his nurseries in the mid-Victorian years on the site now covered by Cherry Way and Offa Drive. Several acres of greenhouses had much of their glass destroyed.

 Approximate distance from the explosion: 500 yards.

 

Spring Lane

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Mr & Mrs Kelsey lived on the corner of Spring Lane and Henry Street, where Mrs Kelsey ran a small drapery business. The explosion smashed the windows and the draught sucked out the clothes on display. They were never recovered. The building survives but has been converted into flats and extended, the large display windows were where the white walls now are.

Approximate distance from the explosion: 500 yards.

 

High Street

The south facing windows of St Nicholas Church were severely damaged (see 'Sites of Interest'), as were many at the nearby 'Virgins & Castle'.

Approximate distance from the explosion: 550 yards.