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NeilsYard
Coventry
106 of 114  Thu 26th Aug 2021 3:44pm  

Thanks, Helen. As you say the Broadgate island was laid over more of old Smithford Street than I thought, though looking at that image there doesn't seem much room between Vicar Lane and the City Arcade.
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Helen F
Warrington
107 of 114  Thu 26th Aug 2021 6:09pm  

I thought there wasn't enough room either but it may be that the road they're walking is wider than when the M&S was there. Vicar Lane was very narrow indeed. Alternatively the M&S may have encroached on the print works. We've no map at the crucial moment.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
108 of 114  Thu 26th Aug 2021 7:32pm  

Don't know if this is any help. From a 1947 CET. It says. The plan has many interesting features, as will be seen from the drawing, not the least of these being the new lay-out at the top of Smithford Street. The old building line disappears on both sides of the street and is set back from a point which approximates the old Vicar Lane site. The west side of Broadgate too is set back considerably to the lines where it is hoped, eventually, the new shopping precincts will begin in the big redevelopment scheme for the city, approval for which has yet to be received.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
109 of 114  Tue 31st Aug 2021 12:02pm  

Hi all Wave Had to add this one that our very own CliffB found for FB. Don't think I'd seen this view - some terrific detail including for the City Hotel/Burtons building as well. Had to also add a zoom! Hope that's OK adding Cliff! Great find.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
110 of 114  Tue 31st Aug 2021 1:24pm  

Btw, don't believe that side of the King's Head is often photographed.
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Helen F
Warrington
111 of 114  Tue 31st Aug 2021 7:11pm  

Not as flat on as that Neil, no. A good picture. The joy of these postcard images off... you know where... is that they're much sharper than the Library old photos. I hope that the Herbert rescan or photo theirs because they've got a lot of rare early pics.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
112 of 114  Wed 23rd Feb 2022 9:49am  

Interior pics don't come up very often. Not that you can see much but whilst on a 'Peeping Tom' hunt I came across this one. It’s the Tom that was originally in that upstairs window, removed apparently in 1934 so they could make a cast of his head and shoulders. Not a great deal of the hotel to be seen but I'm guessing he is a hotel worker, so gives us an idea of their uniform.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
113 of 114  Fri 17th Nov 2023 12:26pm  

An October 1907 Plan for the hotel for additional bedrooms - Thanks to David Fry -
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NeilsYard
Coventry
114 of 114  Thu 15th Feb 2024 5:11pm  

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