Kenilworth Street Names

Part four

Adcock Drive

Florence Adcock, first lady Mayor of Kenilworth in 1979, surrounded by two councillors adjusting her chain of office.

Florence Adcock, first lady Mayor of Kenilworth in 1979 Photograph courtesy of KWN

This road commemorates Councillor Florence Adcock (above), the first lady Mayor of Kenilworth in 1979. It was built in part of the former grounds of Park House, which was first recorded in the 1950s.

Offa Drive

Offa was an aggressive king of Mercia from 757-796 AD, who issued the first standardised English coins. Examples of these, and evidence of his Saxon Mill, can be seen in Tamworth Castle Museum. It was built in 1961 in the site of Henry Whateley’s nursery gardens.

Spring Lane

Spring Lane allotments, showing plots and a few sheds

Spring Lane allotments
Photograph by Sam Sexton

In the Inclosure Award of 1756, and  in the 1852 census this was called Tanhouse Lane. The name was changed by 1854 after the building of the railway bridge in 1844 divided the road. Around 1879, the Board of Health map shows Spring Lane as Spring Valley and today’s Whitemoor Road as Clayfield Lane.

Whateley’s Drive

This was the site of Whateley’s nursery, known as Spring Gardens in 1879, having previously been in School Lane, around 1859. The nursery was run by several generations of the family including Richard, Henry and Charles. The produce varied, but included roses, strawberries, fruit trees, tomatoes and rare orchids. The nursery supplied some trees for Abbey Fields and Priory Road. The name was unofficial until the road was made up and adopted in 1972. It retains the possessive apostrophe dropped1 from most name-plates.

Part five may be found here.

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This is part of a short series of edited extracts from the third edition of A Portrait of Kenilworth in Street-Names by the authors named above and are reproduced with permission from Robin Leach.

[1] Editor: Boo!

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