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Earlsdon Library
Area2.02 sq mi (5.2 km2)
Population15,390 (2011 census)[1]
• Density7,619/sq mi (2,942/km2)
OS grid referenceSP320780
• London106 miles (171 km)
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCV5
Dialling code024
UK Parliament
List of places
West Midlands
52°24′N 1°32′W / 52.40°N 1.53°W / 52.40; -1.53Coordinates: 52°24′N 1°32′W / 52.40°N 1.53°W / 52.40; -1.53
Canley Ford, Earlsdon

Earlsdon is a residental suburb and electoral ward of Coventry, England. It lies approximately one mile to the southwest of Coventry City Centre. It is the birthplace of aviation pioneer Frank Whittle.[2]


Most shops and restaurants are laid out on Earlsdon Street, the suburban high street. Earlsdon Library is one of the largest libraries of the local authority libraries outside of the city centre.

In major sports, Earlsdon has its own rugby, golf and tennis clubs. Recreation grounds for football also are in Earlsdon.


In the mid-19th century, Earlsdon was a hub of activity for the rising watch-making trade.[3] Even as the industry began to decline, Earlsdon continued to grow and was incorporated into the city of Coventry in 1890. The watch-making trade is represented by the clock on the roundabout at the bottom of the high street, where Earlsdon Avenue North and South join.

In 1897, the opening of Albany Road, named after Princess Helena, Duchess of Albany, who visited Coventry in November the following year, allowed for far greater access to and from the rest of the city and development in Earlsdon quickly increased. By 1918, the area was fully developed as it is today, but has seen some redevelopment in recent years.

Today, Earlsdon is a large residential suburb associated with Wainsbody ward to the south. Many academics and students from Coventry University and the University of Warwick live in both wards as they are closest to Coventry University and have streets of upmarket Edwardian homes for industry owners and, increasingly, on the expansion of higher education centres, researchers and lecturers.

In August 2006 following a torrential downpour of rain, the main street of Earlsdon suffered from serious flooding. Many businesses were affected, and some were forced to close for a time.

Places of interest[edit]

The hub of Earlsdon is what is locally referred to as the "Earlsdon High Street", in reality Earlsdon Street. This is a strip of commercial units that includes a number of restaurants and pubs. The area surrounding Earlsdon Street consists of rows of terraced houses and a few small shops. In the south of the locality is the large civic landscaped War Memorial Park, the north abuts Hearsall Common, and Canley Ford abuts the west.

Frank Whittle[edit]

The commemorative plaque on the house where Whittle was born and grew up.

Sir Frank Whittle (1907–96), the jet engine pioneer, was born in Earlsdon in a terraced house on Newcombe Road, which is marked out by a small grey commemorative plaque. He attended a school in Earlsdon, and he was inspired to pursue a career in engineering after allegedly seeing an aircraft land on Hearsall Common. At the age of nine he moved to Leamington Spa with his family when his father started an engineering factory there.

Arts and culture[edit]

Earlsdon has its own theatre, the Criterion Theatre,[4] that puts on six main house performances a year, as well as numerous visiting companies and workshop productions. ECHO (Earlsdon, Chapelfields Hearsall Opinion) is the longest running independent community newspaper in the country (http://www.echonews.org.uk). There is an annual "Earlsdon Festival", that takes place in Earlsdon Street and other locations nearby during the May Day bank holiday. The annual Godiva Festival takes place within the War Memorial Park usually during one week-end in July.


2011 Published Statistics: Population, home ownership and extracts from Physical Environment, surveyed in 2005[1]
Output area Homes owned outright Owned with a loan Socially rented Privately rented Other km² green spaces km² roads km² water km² domestic gardens km² domestic buildings km² non-domestic buildings Usual residents km²
Earlsdon 2,670 2,333 193 1,070 81 1.78 0.61 0.01 1.81 0.45 0.25 15,390 5.34


Earlsdon has long covered Canley Gardens but also covers Styvechale as well as the westernmost mainstay marked as Earlsdon on most maps.

As of December 2009 the ward is represented by 3 local councillors who sit on Coventry City Council: Allan Andrews (C), Becky Gittins (Lab) and Kindy Sandhu (Lab).

Parts of Earlsdon also fall under Whoberley Ward and St Michael's Ward.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Key Statistics: Dwellings; Quick Statistics: Population Density; Physical Environment: Land Use Survey 2005[failed verification]
  2. ^ "Sir Frank Whittle". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Earlsdon Online: History and heritage". Earlsdon Online. Archived from the original on 11 August 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2009.
  4. ^ Website of the Criterion Theatre, Coventry