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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
1 of 151  Sat 7th Jul 2012 7:34pm  

I bought some old negatives on eBay recently, including a few of the Stoke area near to where I live. I've added them to the collection for all to see.... Stoke images in Rob's pics ....but can anyone date them? I would guess late 1960s - early 1970s judging by the cars and clothes - but can anyone tell us more about the pictures? Cheers
Coventry Suburbs and Beyond - Stoke
JohnnieWalker
Sanctuary Point, Australia
2 of 151  Sat 7th Jul 2012 9:48pm  

Definitely after 1964, with all those newish looking Ford Anglias with the "backwards" rear window. The nearest house on the left in the Bourne Rd photo (only see the front door) was where my aunt and uncle, Floss and Reg Wilkinson, lived at the time. Another aunt and uncle, Beat and Perce Stafford, lived further up on the right.
True Blue Coventry Kid

Coventry Suburbs and Beyond - Stoke
NormK
bulkington
3 of 151  Sat 7th Jul 2012 10:25pm  

Nice set of photos Rob. Johnnie Walker is about right with the date, one thing that sticks out where is all the traffic? It was great in them days, no parking problems, not like it is now, a rat race with nowhere to park and traffic wardens trying to squeeze you in any way they can. Things were so much easier then and as I said nice photos.
Milly rules

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Baz
Coventry
4 of 151  Sat 7th Jul 2012 10:39pm  

The first pic shows a nice little hint as to when it was after. Car reg LKV 693F, anyone know what year that was? Happy F reg cars came out after Aug 1967
Always looking forward to looking at the past.

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NormK
bulkington
5 of 151  Sat 7th Jul 2012 10:45pm  

It was 1968 Baz, I was 27 then and I think those were the best years.
Milly rules

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DBC
6 of 151  Sat 7th Jul 2012 11:04pm  
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LesMac
Coventry
7 of 151  Sun 8th Jul 2012 9:44am  

Don't know when but some good guesses there. Few of us would now have the bottle to stand in the middle of the road to take photographs. Rather nice to see pictures without a single wheelie bin. Les
Coventry Suburbs and Beyond - Stoke
scrutiny
coventry
8 of 151  Sun 8th Jul 2012 12:07pm  

The variation on years is that the reg spanned two years, August-August. I had an F reg Viva but it was 1968. Thumbs up
Coventry Suburbs and Beyond - Stoke
NormK
9 of 151  Sun 8th Jul 2012 12:21pm  
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scrutiny
10 of 151  Sun 8th Jul 2012 12:37pm  
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
11 of 151  Sun 8th Jul 2012 6:55pm  

On 8th Jul 2012 12:07pm, scrutiny said: The variation on years is that the reg spanned two years, August-August. I had an F reg Viva but it was 1968. Thumbs up
The 'F' registration was the first one to run August to July over 1967-68. A to D ran January to December for 1963 to 1966. 'E' ran for only 7 months, January-July 1967. The most recent car on the photos that can be dated is the 'F' reg one. Looking at the others, there don't seem to be any models much later than that, most being classic 60s cars. So I would presume the photos to be no later than 1970.
Coventry Suburbs and Beyond - Stoke
Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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12 of 151  Sun 8th Jul 2012 7:31pm  

Many thanks to all for looking at the Stoke gallery. Glad I wasn't far off in my guess of the era - and I never knew about the change in the "car year", I always used to think it had always run from August to August - so thanks MisterD-Di for that useful snippet. More than anything, of course, these pictures bring back memories and a strong feeling of nostalgia. I wonder how many of us remember shopping on Ball Hill as it looked below. It doesn't really look drastically different nowadays to be honest.... there are just a lot more cars now - and not such interesting models as there used to be. Forum image Another photo that I know will provoke memories is the one showing the GEC water tower from Bourne Road. I have a question though. I tried to locate this spot from Google Maps, and because of the drastic changes since then, and the sad disappearance of the GEC, I struggled to work out exactly where the photo would be nowadays. If you click the link here.... Google Maps link .... could this be close? It's actually in Glencoe Road, but as near as the Google camera gets to Bourne Road. Forum image
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JohnnieWalker
Sanctuary Point, Australia
13 of 151  Sun 8th Jul 2012 9:42pm  

On 8th Jul 2012 7:31pm, Rob Orland said:
This is clearly the T junction looking west where Bourne Rd meets Brindle Avenue. Bourne Rd now becomes Glencoe Rd after passing through where the gates used to be. I wonder what that trolley thing is on the pavement at the right? Here's a clip from Google Maps, showing the very same tree, about 45 years on! Lost a few leaves, but then, after 45 years, most of us have too - otherwise hasn't changed a bit! Wink
True Blue Coventry Kid

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Ghengis Smith
Ireland
14 of 151  Sun 8th Jul 2012 10:16pm  

Rob & JW, is this the spot? This has been bugging me all day Oh my !!!! Must have cycled past here thousands of times.
Don't look around to find the sound that's right beneath your feet

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dutchman
Spon End
15 of 151  Sun 8th Jul 2012 10:25pm  

What happened to the houses? Oh my
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