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George and Elsie's 1st home together at 125 Halll Green Road, Bell Green



George with a tytpical worried expression

For Family Tree see CAKEBREAD Chart

Parents:  George,  a Gas Works Stoker and Ellen Elizabeth (nee Nicholls)

George Abraham Cakebread was born at 59 St.John's Street in central Coventry on 11 May 1903, at his mother's parents' house. At the time the family were in fact living at 108 Radford, Coventry near the Radford Common.

Early Years: In his early years he resided with his parents and brother Charles, first at Radford Common, then at 51 Sparkbrook St, Hillfields in the centre of Coventry and within the old city walls. When George was 8 the family moved to 5 Francis Street, Foleshill, and a year later to nearby 12 Silverton Road, in a district with the name 'Paradise'! He was still living there just before his marriage in 1929.

Education: It is believed he attended South Street school in Hillfields, central Coventry as a small child then Broad Street School in Foleshill after the family moved there. .

Occupation: George was a skilled toolmaker by trade in the industrial north of Coventry. Later in his life following much illness he became a self employed Window Cleaner, in those days a really hard job without the special tools modern day cleaners use. In winter the cold water in which he constantly immersed his hands caused the skin to open huge raw and painful cracks, called "chaps". He used to cycle everywhere carrying the large double timber ladders with him on his shoulders, even right across the city! After that he became a Progress Chaser at the Triumph Car Factory at Meriden where his job was to ensure the car workers on the moving 'assembly track' always had sufficient parts available, a very stressful job. His final job was a Storeman at Rootes (Chrysler) Car Factory at Humber Road , Coventry..

Marriage: He married Elsie Harrison in St.Laurence Church, Foleshill, Coventry, on 24 Aug 1929.

Children: The couple had 2 children:

Ronald George 1931 Became a qualified Certified Accountant
Dennis William 1938 Became a Chartered Surveyor

Other Known Places of Residence:

After their marriage George and Elsie managed to put a deposit down on a new semi-detached house facing open farmland on the northern outskirts of Coventry, 125 Hall Green Road, Bell Green, (see photo above) where they lived for many years from 1929 until 1959. As the farm opposite, and Bell Green in general,was being developed into huge Council Estates they decided to move inn 1959 (with some prodding from son Dennis and brother-in-law Norman French) to the quiet and very pleasant Butt Lane in Allesley Village on the eastern side of Coventry much closer to the Triumph motor car factory where he and Norman worked.

Death: George died on 20 Sep 1977 in hospital in Coventry, at approximately 74 years of age, from complications following a broken hip caused by a fall at his home some months earlier.

Burial: His body was interred on 26 Sept in grave 20 in Section DS at Windmill Road, Cemetery, Longford, Coventry.

General: George was a good soccer player in his younger days and played in the local leagues. He played for Bell Green Wesleyan Church with his good friend Les Bruton, who would later go on to play professional football for Southampton and Blackburn Rovers. Later George and his brother-in-law Len Harrison became good friends with another professional footballer Clarrie Bourton who had joined Coventry City in 1931. Bourton finished as the Football League's top goalscorer that season, having found the net 49 times in the Third Division South, including seven hat-tricks.[2] He scored 40 league goals the following season !

I remember George as a lovely gentle and kind man who had a simple manner and being unintentionally funny. He was a born "worrier".

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