Jock Asbury-Bailey spent the first 21 years of his life living at Westfield Lodge off Overslade Lane. Now he has written a 28-page book about its history, entitled ‘A House Lost’ - which makes an interesting read.
Many Memory Lane readers will remember going there, as it was a secretarial, computer and training college from 1985 to 2003. It stood in the grounds of Harris School and was demolished in 2009 to make way for their new sports hall.
From his research, Jock thinks the house was built sometime between 1903 and 1908. His father bought it in 1924 and Jock’s family lived there until 1950, when it was bought by Warwickshire County Council by compulsory purchase order. Harris School, which was built on part of the land, opened in September 1954 and Westfield Lodge was initially divided into two flats for the headmaster and caretaker.