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LMS Route: Nuneaton to Leamington

Coventry Gas Works & Bedlam Lane Crossing

Foleshill Gas Works occupied a forty acre site on the western side of Coventry Canal between New Inn Bridge (No 8) and Judd's Lane Bridge (No 9). The production site was to the south-east of the Coventry-Nuneaton railway and the gasholders were to the north-west. From 1820 Coventry's gas supply had been delivered from a site at Gas Street, near the city centre, firstly by a private company, then from 1884 as a Coventry Corporation undertaking. By the end of the 19th century it was struggling to meet increased demand from industry and in 1898 the Corporation purchased land at Foleshill on which the new coal gas works were constructed and opened in 1909. The Corporation later purchased the Undertakings of the Kenilworth (1927) and Bedworth (1930) Gas Companies and gas was supplied to those areas from the Foleshill Works. By 1937 it was described as 'equipped with the most modern plant for the manufacture of gas and by-products resulting from the Carbonization of coal' and at that time about 40% of the total output was taken by industry (Coventry Official Handbook 1937).

Gas production was nationalised by the Gas Act of 1948 and the Coventry area came under the control of West Midlands Gas Board. By 1972 coal gas production at the site had ceased and the Coventry Canal Society's booklet of that year, 'Coventry's Waterway', described the gas works as 'a shadow of its former self'. The gas holders remained and took gas supplied from Tipton. A 1984 version of the same booklet has a description of the site when in production as having 'boxed in conveyor belts, cooling towers, tanks and gas holders' as well as its own railway system on an oval loop, worked by 3 saddle tank engines. Coal was delivered and by-products such as tar, coke and clinker were removed by canal. Later, the gasometers were removed, with the last one being demolished in 2002 and, after ground decontamination, the site was redeveloped into the Arena retail park and Ricoh stadium.

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Bedlam Lane Crossing

Ex-LNWR Gate Keepers Crossing Cottage on the right hand side of Bedlam Lane which led to the old bone mill
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Ex-LNWR Gate Keepers Crossing Cottage on the right hand side of Bedlam Lane which led to the old bone mill
Looking south from Bedlam Lane crossing towards Lythalls Lane bridge with the new industrial units on the right
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Looking south from Bedlam Lane crossing towards Lythalls Lane bridge with the new industrial units on the right
The ex-LNWR timber built Crossing Keeper's Hut located on Bedlam Lane crossing during the Winter of 1971
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C Allbright
The ex-LNWR timber built Crossing Keeper's Hut located on Bedlam Lane crossing during the Winter of 1971
Close up showing the method of securing crossing timbers for road vehicles at Bedlam Lane crossing during the Winter of 1971
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C Allbright
Close up showing the method of securing crossing timbers for road vehicles at Bedlam Lane crossing
Detailed close up of the level crossing gates at Bedlam Lane looking north towards Nuneaton
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C Allbright
Detailed close up of the level crossing gates at Bedlam Lane looking north towards Nuneaton

Looking north from Bedlam Lane crossing towards Nuneaton with the Gasometers on the left hand side during the Winter of 1971
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C Allbright
Looking north from Bedlam Lane crossing to Nuneaton with the Gasometers on the left hand side
Bedlam Lane Crossing Gate Keeper, Mr Gurney, poses for the camera in front of one of the level crossing gates
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Bedlam Lane Crossing Gate Keeper, Mr Gurney, poses for the camera in front of one of the level crossing gates
An early map showing the boundary of the Coventry to Nuneaton Railway and Bedlam Lane Crossing and Gate House
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Map showing the boundary of the Coventry to Nuneaton Railway and Bedlam Lane Crossing and Gate House

Coventry Gasworks and Sidings

Bagnall 0-4-0ST No 1 is seen working hard shunting empty seven plank wagons in Coventry Gasworks' sidings
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Anon
Bagnall 0-4-0ST No 1 is seen working hard shunting empty seven plank wagons in Coventry Gasworks' sidings
View of Coventry Gasworks with the sidings on the left and the gasometers on the right and signal box in the distance
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View of Coventry Gasworks with the sidings on the left, the gasometers on the right and signal box in the distance
Close up showing an unidentified Bagnall 0-4-0ST locomotive paused between duties at Coventry Gasworks
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G Coltas
Close up showing an unidentified Bagnall 0-4-0ST locomotive paused between duties at Coventry Gasworks
Ex-LMS 2-6-2T No 40157 is seen at the head of a five-coach service between Nuneaton and Coventry
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AW Flowers
Ex-LMS 2-6-2T No 40157 is seen at the head of a five-coach service between Nuneaton and Coventry
Ex-LMS 2-8-0 8F No 48258 is seen running tender first past Foleshill gasometers whilst at the head of a coal train
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AW Flowers
Ex-LMS 2-8-0 8F No 48258 is seen running tender first past Foleshill gasometers whilst at the head of a coal train

View of Coventry Gasworks' single road engine shed located alongside the water tank
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View of Coventry Gasworks' single road engine shed located alongside the water tank
Schematic diagram showing the layout of Three Spires Junction with the Loop Line exiting off the up line
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The remains of what was part of the coke plant within Coventry Gas works as seen during the winter of 1971
A distant view across to the old coking plant with Coventry Gas Work's Gasometers to the rear in the Winter of 1971
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A distant view across to the old coking plant with Coventry Gas Work's Gasometers to the rear in the Winter of 1971
Looking towards Nuneaton with Coventry Gas Works sidings to the right of the photographer located on the up line circa 1910
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Anon
Looking towards Nuneaton with the Gas Works sidings to the right of the photographer located on the up line
One of Coventry Gas Works' little four-wheeled Bagnall locomotives stands adjacent to one of the water towers
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One of Coventry Gas Works' little four-wheeled Bagnall locomotives stands adjacent to one of the water towers

Another of Coventry Gas Works' 0-4-0ST Bagnall locomotive stands in steam alongside one of the workshops
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Another Coventry Gas Works' 0-4-0ST Bagnall locomotive stands in steam alongside one of the workshops

Ordnance Survey Maps, Schematics and Trackplans

Ordnance Survey Map  revised 1923 dated 1926 of Coventry Gas Works and Longford station
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National Library of Scotland
Ordnance Survey Map revised 1923 dated 1926 showing Coventry Gas Works and Longford station
Ordnance Survey Map  revised 1936 and dated 1936 of Coventry Gas Works and Longford station
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National Library of Scotland
Ordnance Survey Map revised 1936 and dated 1936 showing Coventry Gas Works and Longford station
Ordnance Survey Map  revised 1912 dated 1919 of Coventry Gas Works and Longford station
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National Library of Scotland
Ordnance Survey Map revised 1912 dated 1919 showing Coventry Gas Works and Longford station
A schematic drawing showing the stations and a variety of works sidings which connected with the Nuneaton branch line
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Michael Rutherford
A schematic drawing showing the stations and a variety of works sidings which connected with the Nuneaton branch line
LNWR trackplan of Coventry Corporation Gas Works Sidings at Foleshill on the Nuneaton to Leamington line
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LNWR trackplan of Coventry Corporation Gas Works Sidings at Foleshill on the Nuneaton to Leamington line