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Annewiggy
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91 of 104  Thu 4th Aug 2022 10:06am  
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Feeling a bit thick but where in Coventry Digital are the pictures you are commenting on?
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Helen F
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92 of 104  Thu 4th Aug 2022 10:14am  
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They aren't uploaded yet Anne. There's just a set accessible from the football gates picture. See little arrow on right of photo.
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bk
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93 of 104  Thu 4th Aug 2022 10:27am  
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You are all brilliant. Anne - I can only add them when I have metadata. I have someone working on a system to do this online but it requires lots of work, both computer-based and negotiations with the copyright holders, hence the public meetings to get started. I hope to see a few people tonight at 1830, Common Ground, FarGo - and I'll probaby do monthly sessions if there's enough willingness.
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Helen F
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94 of 104  Thu 4th Aug 2022 10:40am  
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On 4th Aug 2022 8:37am, Midland Red said: No.4 is looking along what was becoming Smithford Way, and Market Way further on. What are the old buildings in the right foreground, I assume facing onto Corporation Street?
I agree except I can't work out the building on the right. BFA UPDATE The only building it can be is a warehouse behind one of the Corporation Street showrooms - S H Newsome & Co Ltd, opposite where the Belgrade water feature would be sunk.
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Helen F
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95 of 104  Thu 4th Aug 2022 3:20pm  
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A thought, Ben. Rather than trying to write new software - could a simple meta tag be added and batches of pictures be uploaded for us to write more useful descriptions here at Historic Coventry Forum, where we can? We can then sort them into a format someone else could then enter into your system. Very few of us can write much about photos without reference material. You might actually be looking for different groups of people, eg people who worked at Courtaulds (and there were several sites with different people with very separate knowledge) and people able and prepared to enter data. To get both might be nigh on impossible. Looking at batches of photos there are blocks where I know nothing at all and some where I know a lot. I suspect most will fall into the same category. Hope it goes well tonight. Double thumbs up
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Midland Red
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96 of 104  Thu 4th Aug 2022 3:32pm  
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Echo Helen’s thoughts. I live away from the city now, but the opportunity to help “on-line” would be appreciated Thumbs up
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Helen F
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97 of 104  Thu 4th Aug 2022 9:32pm  
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Number 7 features a boxer and the poster in the background shows a fight between Les Allen and Jack Coffee Johnson. According to this site, at the Arden Ballroom, Bedworth on 1/3/1954 Les Allen fought Jack Johnson Cofi from Ghana. Assuming this was Jack and not one of the other fighters mentioned on the poster. Number 8 is I presume Donald Campbell and the Bluebird-Proteus CN7 built by Motor Panels in Coventry. It's decked out with an Australian flag rather that the earlier US flag as it was off to Lake Eyre in Australia in 1963 but the attempt was unsuccessful. Campbell and his team returned to Lake Eyre in 1964, with sponsorship from Australian oil company Ampol. On July 17, 1964, Campbell set a record of 403.10 mph.
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bk
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98 of 104  Fri 5th Aug 2022 8:53am  
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On 4th Aug 2022 3:20pm, Helen F said: A thought, Ben. Rather than trying to write new software - could a simple meta tag be added and batches of pictures be uploaded for us to write more useful descriptions here at Historic Coventry Forum, where we can? We can then sort them into a format someone else could then enter into your system. Very few of us can write much about photos without reference material. You might actually be looking for different groups of people, eg people who worked at Courtaulds (and there were several sites with different people with very separate knowledge) and people able and prepared to enter data. To get both might be nigh on impossible. Looking at batches of photos there are blocks where I know nothing at all and some where I know a lot. I suspect most will fall into the same category. Hope it goes well tonight. Double thumbs up
Hi Helen It went well last night - we got through about 100 images in about 2 hours though, so about 1%! I could create galleries for you to work through if Rob was happy to create a space for them (say, Arthur Cooper Galleries as a topic.) I can add 50 images per gallery as a limit. The smaller galleries I've used have obviously produced results! I'd then copy and paste the responses into my spreadsheet. Would that work? Ben
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Helen F
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99 of 104  Fri 5th Aug 2022 1:31pm  
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I think that number 3 is Pearl Hyde, Coventry’s first female Lord Mayor, elected in 1957, having a go at the shooting gallery at a fair.
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Helen F
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100 of 104  Sat 6th Aug 2022 10:42am  
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Ben, re the Holmes family albums, do you know where the manor farm was?
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bk
Coventry
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101 of 104  Sat 6th Aug 2022 10:54am  
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Hi Helen My thinking on this is that, given the London Road bridge was part of the set, it was the other side of the London Road Cemetery. Cheylesmore is now really where Manor Park School now is. Need to check the maps though.
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Helen F
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102 of 104  Sun 7th Aug 2022 10:59am  
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I found Chapel Farm and Manor Farm on the bottom middle third of this map I think that Manor Farm was in a line down from the railway underpass along what is now Montjoy Close. Their chestnut avenue would have followed the line of Robin Hood Road to where it intersects with St James Lane here. I'd guess that the picture of the river is the Sowe taken from near to the viaduct and looking roughly southwest at Rock Spinney. Manor Farm was also called Willenhall Hall. Mentioned here and here and identifies this new photo
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bk
Coventry
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103 of 104  Mon 8th Aug 2022 8:10am  
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Great detective work Helen: it makes sense given that there are also photographs of 'Chapel Farm, Willenhall' in the album too.
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Helen F
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104 of 104  Mon 8th Aug 2022 9:11am  
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Thanks Ben, that's how I found them both. There were several Manor Farms but none had the avenue of trees.
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