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Letter: Hangar is part of our heritage.

Byline: Vincent Hammersley

AMONG the buildings in Stoke Row that used to form part of the Rover factory, there is an aircraft hangar which, I understand, was where Rover built biplanes, pushed them out when completed and flew them from Barras Green.

This hangar is fronted by a row of terraced houses that were for the factory workers.

The hangar cannot be seen from the road and has been forgotten but it does form part of the dwindling manufacturing heritage of this city.

The building has been empty for some time and there have been various plans for it, including as a bonded warehouse.

Now I understand it is to be demolished.

As it is the only example of this industry left in Coventry and a reminder of the huge contribution Coventry made to the aero as well as the auto industry, it would be an appropriate gesture to preserve it, possibly using it as an outpost of the Coventry Museum of Motoring which could provide an opportunity for tourists to see parts of the city outside the usual central tourist route.

Vincent Hammersley, Made in Coventry Motoring Association, Uper Eastern Green Lane, Eastern Green.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 29, 2008
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