Long forgotten, 15 minutes walk away from the centre of Coventry, lies Stoney Road Gardens with its seven historic summerhouses.
The site, which is Grade II* listed with Historic England, contains the last remaining plots of the Park Gardens, established on the Cheylesmore Estate 200 years ago. It is also one of only four remaining detached Victorian town gardens that are listed on Historic England’s Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest. The form, design and quality of the seven Victorian and Edwardian buildings show the exceptional craftmanship of the people who built their summerhouses. Features, like chimneys, fireplaces and internal panelling provide evidence that some of the plot holders lived in these houses during part of the year. Formerly the pride of the allotment holders, most of the buildings have fallen into disrepair. The site has been added to the historic buildings at risk register for 2019.
Stoney Road Gardens volunteers have started a campaign to rescue these historic gems. Discover the Victorian and Edwardian summerhouses of Stoney Road Gardens in Cheylesmore and learn why they should be repaired and preserved for future generations
Tours available both days at 11.15 am, 12.15 pm, 1.15 pm, 2.15 pm and 3.15 pm. Just turn up and meet at the Trading Hut.
Sunday 15 September: 1100-1600
Sunday 22 September: 1100-1600
No booking required
The paths on the allotment are not paved. Wheelchairs, pushchairs or prams need to be able to cope with uneven ground. The individual allotments are not suitable for wheelchair, pushchair or pram access.
Max 10 people per tour/session. 30 minutes. Please note that cars need to park outside the site. Parking inside the allotment is for allotment holders and disabled visitors only.
Stoney Road Allotment Gardens are a 9 minute walk away from Coventry Train station. On foot: From Coventry Train Station follow Station Square and turn into Park Road. At the next junction turn right into Manor Road. At the T junction turn left into Stoney Road. The main entrance is between house number 111 and 113. Public transport: Bus numbers 9 and 9A