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Baz
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1 of 5  Fri 8th Jun 2012 10:52pm  
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I have memories of the boating lake with the ice-cream hut next to it. The lake was only about 2ft deep if I am correct, and at the far end, a wooden rail kept you away from the bank and trees. The play area had a really large slide and concrete tunnels you could walk in. I think I remember a swimming pool there as well. Happy times. Do any of you remember the cafe at the rear of the big house? Or how many boats were on the lake? I remember there were all different types you could hire. Happy
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Beesman
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2 of 5  Fri 8th Jun 2012 11:50pm  
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From the distant past I can remember 2 boating lakes at Coombe Abbey. The first, smaller lake had small rowing boats and 'pedalo' type craft. The larger (and deeper) lake had large rowing boats and you could travel as far as the wire fencing which was the boundary between the boating lake and the fishing section of Coombe Pool. I don't know when the boating finished on the lakes but no doubt 'elf and safety had something to do with it Sad
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covmanuk
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3 of 5  Fri 8th Jun 2012 11:52pm  
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The boating lake was fab there when I went there at the weekends the man (John I think) let me help on the boats. I think there were 17 but not all were out, some were in the shed. I had a great time there. Has anyone got photos of it? I hope someone has, and the cafe was good there too Thumbs up
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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4 of 5  Sat 9th Jun 2012 4:57pm  
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Oh yes, I also have great memories of Coombe's boating lake and play area - my wife remembers them fondly, too - mostly from the 1970s. I remember getting a sore head when I didn't duck enough before running through those concrete tunnels! Also recall huge blisters on the palms of my hands (stop it!) after a couple of hours rowing on the boating lake - I'd not realised that wet wooden oars would cause such things! Blush I thought the cafe was much better then, probably because it was part of the grand old monastic building, and those slides with the enclosed top parts seemed much higher as a child, too. I remember being fascinated also by the talking Mynah bird in the aviary near the boating lake - the first time I'd ever heard anything non-human talk! And do you remember the pub in a "hut" type building near the path between the monastery and the lake? Cheers
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NormK
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5 of 5  Sat 9th Jun 2012 6:42pm  
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My god you jogged my memory, Rob, of Coombe, the concrete pipes the kids could run through and the bar in the shed where I waited forever for a pint of beer, happy days.
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