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NeilsYard
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106 of 119  Wed 13th Oct 2021 11:23am  
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This one could've gone in a few threads as it covers quite a few street, though Lower Ford is visible. The backs of the properties on Godiva Street are visible in the foreground. Obviously pre-Ring Road but I don't think it's too long before. You can see the old Raglan Glass Works.
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NeilsYard
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107 of 119  Thu 4th Nov 2021 3:35pm  
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Is this Lower Ford Street? Loving the GEC gates. That's the Graham Sutherland Uni Building in the background.
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Midland Red
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108 of 119  Thu 4th Nov 2021 4:17pm  
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Francis Barnett gates?
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matchle55
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109 of 119  Thu 4th Nov 2021 4:24pm  
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I have, today, driven through those very gates. But not at that location. They are on a private estate near Pailton Lol
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Helen F
Warrington
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110 of 119  Thu 4th Nov 2021 4:48pm  
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The house on the left is number 11, which would fit with the telecoms works on the south side of Lower Ford Street. Thumbs up Francis Barnett was a very short distance off to the right.
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matchle55
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111 of 119  Thu 4th Nov 2021 7:01pm  
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I should have said, the gates were, at that time, used by Lea Francis Blush
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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112 of 119  Fri 5th Nov 2021 10:52am  
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Yes, I'm sure they were originally Lea Francis, however if you look closely in that image it says GEC Telecommunications Ltd, Private Systems Division.
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scrutiny
coventry
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113 of 119  Fri 5th Nov 2021 11:49am  
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As my memory is a bit vague, I am almost sure they were always GEC. The building to the right, the gate house. Next to that was a builders yard with offices and a newsagents. Now you get Francis Barnett with big double wooden doors. The motorbikes were only really tested at night time. As kids we used to watch them coming and going. One came back with smoke pouring out from the engine, they did manage to put it out. Thumbs up
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Helen F
Warrington
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114 of 119  Fri 5th Nov 2021 1:05pm  
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As with many businesses it depends when you're talking about. When businesses are expanding they might swallow up a neighbour and in turn may release buildings they no longer need or can afford. scrutiny's description matches the 1950 map.
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scrutiny
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115 of 119  Fri 5th Nov 2021 1:16pm  
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I was born in 1948 just across the road at no 30 LFS. I Used to play in the sand at a very young age in the builders yard. When it was clocking off time you stayed away from those gates otherwise you would get mowed down with the flood of cycles coming through them, five minutes later you could not see one of them. Big grin
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PhiliPamInCoventry
Holbrooks
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116 of 119  Fri 5th Nov 2021 2:04pm  
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You tell it as it is, Scrutiny, That makes it so sweet.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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117 of 119  Thu 17th Mar 2022 2:04pm  
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They keep turning up! Another from Dean Nelson.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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118 of 119  Tue 3rd May 2022 2:29pm  
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Another cracker from Paul Stevenson on FB. LFS looking west towards the Alexandra/Fleapit, May 1969. The Ring Road is just going up in the background.
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Dreamtime
119 of 119  Wed 4th May 2022 5:27am  
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