Celebrating the families who lived here in a special Open Day
We hosted a busy and enjoyable Family History Open Day on Saturday 18th August, with visitors getting the chance to find their family crests, get help and advice on researching their family trees, chat to Coventry Family History Society, and of course, explore the house and garden. Guided walks of Spon Street and special Family History talks proved to be very popular, booking up well in advance, and we hope to run these events again in the future.
The specially themed day celebrated the lives of people who had lived in Black Swan Terrace, the group of cottages that The Weaver’s House is part of. Volunteers were delighted to welcome families of former residents of all five houses in the terrace during the day.
The Edwards family, whose ancestors George & Harriet Edwards lived in 121 Upper Spon Street.
Actor Paul Nolan, currently performing in the 2-Tone Taxi tours, dropped by to say hello. Spot The Weaver’s House on the taxi! Paul’s ancestors lived in the house, and were the subject of his play The Window, which was performed at the Albany Theatre earlier this year.
One family had cousins that met for the very first time in the actual house where their common ancestor had lived in the 1880s. There was also a visit from a gentleman who lived in The Weaver’s House himself in the 1940s. We will be featuring their stories in an upcoming blog, so stay tuned!
If you have connections to The Weaver’s House and Black Swan Terrace – get in touch and add your story by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Weaver’s House is next open for Heritage Open Days in September.
Photos: Clare Chamberlain, Jess Clenshaw