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NeilsYard
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451 of 463  Mon 1st Nov 2021 5:14pm  
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Thank you, ladies - sounds like it was bound for the fire then, Anne Sad
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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452 of 463  Wed 17th Nov 2021 10:20am  
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1933, and Hitler and the Nazi party swung into power. Britain was in no way economically able to afford a war, neither were the Germans, but Germany had secretly infiltrated the boardrooms of other countries in iron, tin, coal, etc., to give Germany what it needed. Britain didn't want the horror of another war, so tried appeasement, but the Nazi party ignored. Coventry had five major political parties, and with the confrontation of a possible war the meetings were longer, more heated and more demonstrations, and everyone was caught up in it, no one could avoid it. Now, Coventry's most popular place for meetings was the White Lion Hotel in Smithford street; drinks, food and comfort at the meetings, it became the most talked about and famous rendezvous in Coventry. Now, everyone had read and heard of aerial warfare, but when Coventry saw newsreels of the bombing of Spain in 1936 by Germany, it was a different horror story. They provided a dire warning of what Coventry could expect in the near future. Suddenly the Fascist party in Coventry were confronted, fisticuffs on the streets, the meetings a hotbed of confusion. Families, friends, all had different views, and underneath it all, the twenty and thirty year-olds feared they would be at the forefront. The White Lion pub was now the centre for scenes of unrest, the hall now hired out by the ticket/shop method but the money came rolling in. Photographers had cameras smashed, editorials were threatened. Between parties trouble making became part of the scene, and still industrialised Coventry was not on a wartime footing.
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Helen F
Warrington
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453 of 463  Wed 17th Nov 2021 11:04am  
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Academic thesis on the British Union of Fascists in the Midlands, 1932
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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454 of 463  Thu 25th Nov 2021 11:11am  
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Someone on FB has just posted a similar Telegraph image to my post #4 of the Ram Bridge opening during the Lower Precinct development. This one interestingly states... Work on the Lower Precinct in 1958 was a rare occasion when the river Sherbourne was visible, and below the flower beds in Trinity Street which subsided in 1966 due, it is thought to the collapse of old cellars underneath. I was aware that elements of the old cellars from Butcher Row were thought to be there but this is the first time I've heard it in evidence. Does anyone have any images of the collapse at all they could post to the Butcher Row thread? The date might help a newspaper search, Anne?
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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455 of 463  Thu 25th Nov 2021 4:37pm  
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Hi Neil, will have a look in a few days. Just got back from an overnight stay in hospital for a "procedure" so feeling a bit tired but all is well.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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456 of 463  Fri 26th Nov 2021 1:05pm  
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No, don't remember the collapse, but remember the cellars at the vaults at the pub, next door to the bookshop. They rolled the barrels down with the aid of ropes somehow if I'm not mistaken?
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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457 of 463  Fri 26th Nov 2021 1:40pm  
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Rob, those old maps were the property of the insurance, not to be seen by the public in the day. They were not accurate to within half a rod, about 9 feet. Mainly to assess fire, the more wood, the further away from water, the premiums rose. As hotels began, it was mostly by horse or coach, so hotels had to have large stables, haylofts, grain stores and all manner of things, they also had to have roads next to them that could take haycarts and coaches. Haylofts and straw, wooden stables and stores, often went on fire. Premiums were very high, so they brought in water channels (conduits) right through the stables and buildings to reduce the premiums. They did the same job as today's works firemen, they kept the premiums down. A bit of useless info. The average well kept horse could carry a man, stopping for food and water, for 33 miles, without damage to his body. A rod was 16 and a half feet - four rods were one chain, 10 chains made a furlong, eight furlongs to a mile.
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Prof
Gloucester
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458 of 463  Thu 16th Dec 2021 3:10pm  
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Smithford Street, 1939
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Wearethemods
Aberdeenshire
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459 of 463  Thu 16th Dec 2021 3:51pm  
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British Home Stores one side of the street and Woolworth's opposite, both sadly now gone from our high streets. Sad
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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460 of 463  Thu 10th Feb 2022 2:45pm  
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Another great shot from CliffB I'd not seen before.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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461 of 463  Sat 12th Feb 2022 5:41am  
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I was amused to see the 'To Let' notice above the Cafe. It looks fresh.
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Prof
Gloucester
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462 of 463  Sat 7th May 2022 9:21pm  
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Helen F
Warrington
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463 of 463  Sun 8th May 2022 12:04pm  
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An interesting photo, Prof, that ties in well with the aerial photos.
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