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Adam and Eve, Eden Street, ParadiseThis website describes visits to Paradise in December 2004.

It all started when I received an e-mail from Kaye Fiorenza in Australia.  Kaye was researching her family tree, and had visited my Coventry Walks website .  She was trying to find out where "Old Yard, Foleshill" was.  Coventry library showed me an article from a 1900 edition of a local newspaper which recorded that "Old Yard" and "Paradise Street" in Foleshill had been renamed Eden Street.  The library also showed me the 1887 and 1906 editions of the OS map, which indeed show Paradise Street renamed as Eden Street, and the district around Eden Street/Crabmill Lane renamed "Paradise" - BUT no sign of "Old Yard".  The library then showed me a copy of the 1891 Census "Description of Enumeration District, which refers to "... all old yard in Paradise St., Crabmill Lane ...".  I visited Paradise on 1-Dec, found the Adam & Eve pub, Eden Street, Paradise, took some photos, walked round via Crabmill Lane and Stoney Stanton Road, and met some locals who promised to ask other local experts.

I emailed my findings to Kaye, who "walked the 1981 census route" from the detailed census data, and summarised her findings.  Meanwhile Ray Simmons, joint landlord of the Adam & Eve had phoned me, outlining his knowledge of the history, offering to show me old photos he has in the pub, and promising to keep asking customers and locals.  Ray also intends to create a website for the Adam & Eve, and I offered to take some better photos on a sunny day which he could use.  This lead to a second visit to Paradise on 11-Dec.

For the state of the story so far, see the photos below in your chosen format, and read the notes:

Link Approx total file size Outline of what you will find
Story

430KB

Very small Thumbnail photos (about 121x90 pixels), with the story in words
Travel Log

1200KB

Small photos (about 480x360 pixels), with full story all on one page
Side by Side

460KB
for first photo, then more for each photo selected 

Thumbnail view in one scrollable column, beside one selectable picture and description at a time
Folder View

9200KB
if you download them all

Folder view of original files, (mostly 1600x1200 pixels).  Use to view or download the highest quality photos.  Note that the first 3 characters of the filemames are the same as the first three characters of the Descriptions seen in above views.
Slide show Folder View

10000KB
download

If you download player.exe, playerrc.dll, paradise-2004/idb.txt, and all the jpg photos in folder paradise-2004/, and file them in a similar folder structure on your PC, you can have a full screen slideshow of high resolution photos, complete with Titles and Descriptions, and can set to show with data and slide change method how you wish ....
Coventry Express May 1st 1964

1200KB

The "full" version of the framed press cutting in the Adam and Eve today.  See cov-express-1-may-1964.doc for a descriptive document, 01-overview.jpg for an overview photo, and other files in the folder for details.

Note 1: The above views were created using Jasc Paint Shop Photo Album, each by a couple of clicks from the basic Slide Show data.  Many more views can be produced from the templates Jasc supplied, and one day I'll produce some (more tasteful, less "heavy"?) templates of my own.

Note 2: This site was notfrom any webpage.  It should not therefore have been been indexed by search engines, and therefore not found by anyone searching.  However someone must have created a link, and it can fairly easily be found on most search engines - sorry if I've therefore leaked the secrets of Paradise to the world!.