- Longford, Coventry
Longford is a ward in the north of
Coventry, West Midlands, England. It is covered by the Coventry North East constituency [ [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/council--government-and-democracy/ward-forums/longford-ward/;jsessionid=bsoqJLg7vgq4 Coventry City Council: Longford Ward] ] and bounded by the wards of Holbrooks, Henley, Upper Stokeand Foleshill. Neighbourhoods covered by the ward include Longford Village, Foxford, Rowleys Green, Alderman's Green, Hawkesbury, Bell Green, Manor House, Hall Green, Courthouse Green, Woodshires and Little Heath. [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/ccm/content/chief-executives-directorate/area-co-ordination/ward-pages/longford-ward/about-longford-ward.en Coventry City Council: About Longford Ward] ]
Longford is mainly residential, but it also has industrial areas and a few green areas, such as Longford Park and Longford Community Nature Park, which are in close proximity on opposite sides of Longford Road. In the north of the ward is the
Ricoh Arena, home to Coventry City Football Club. Also part of the complex is Arena Park a Retail Centre including a TescoExtra. Riley Square shopping centre is another shopping centre in the ward. Longford is also served by two libraries: Arena Park Library and Bell Green Library.
2001 UK Censusfound that there were 17,601 people living in Longford, with a population density of 37.3 per square kilometre. 738 people were students. Longford has an area of 472 square kilometres. The number of people who were unemployed in Longford was 522 according to the Office for National Statisticsin June 2006. 12,409 people were of a working age. The largest employer in the ward in 2004 was Henley College. [ [http://www.coventry.gov.uk/ccm/content/chief-executives-directorate/area-co-ordination/ward-pages/longford-ward/longford-in-numbers.en Coventry City Council: Longford in numbers] ]
Foxford School and Community Arts Collegeis the area's main Secondary School. There is also Grangehurst Primary School, headteacher Kerry Ward.
Coventry Canalpasses through the area. On the towpath is a sculpture named 'The Stone Sofa', by Tim Shutter. Unveiled on May 31, 1997, it was commissioned by Groundwork Coventry as part of the Coventry Canal Art Trail, and is owned by the City Development Directorate at Coventry City Council. The sculpture is 1.4 metres high, 2.4 metres wide and approximately one metre deep and carved out of solid sandstone. [cite book|author=George Thomas Noszlopy|title=Public Sculpture of Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull|pages=133-134|year=2003|publisher=Liverpool University Press|isbn=0853238472] [ [http://www2.coventry.gov.uk/canalarttrail/artworks/u.htm Coventry Canal Sculpture Trail] ]
Oxford Canalwas started in the area in 1769 and the first 10 miles were completed by 1771. The two canals passed alongside each other from Hawkesbury to Longford as the Coventry Canal Company and the Oxford Canal Company were unable to agree on tolls. Following a court injunction taken out by the Coventry Canal Company, the two canals were joined at Longford in 1777. [ [http://www.coventry-walks.org.uk/conservation-areas/hawkesbury-junction.html Coventry Walks: Hawkesbury Junction Conservation Area] ] The current junction of the canals is Hawkesbury Junction.
* [http://www.foxford.coventry.sch.uk/ Foxford School and Community Arts College]
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