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Rob Orland
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1 of 26  Wed 22nd Jun 2011 10:28pm  
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One of our fellow members, Genghis Smith, has done a stirling job restoring that wonderful and rare photo of the corner of Cow Lane, so I'm adding it here at his request. Enjoy.... Cow Lane 1939
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dutchman
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2 of 26  Thu 23rd Jun 2011 12:14am  
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Nice job Thumbs up The sepia tint also gives it a period feel. Mike Billings has an interesting recollection of the site here: Little Park Street & Spon Street, by Mick Billings Have long been curious, whereabouts was the telephone exchange before it moved to its present location?
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Foxcote
Warwick
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3 of 26  Fri 17th May 2013 8:51am  
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I am not sure which property is the 'Hare and Squirrel' on this old photo of Cow Lane
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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4 of 26  Fri 17th May 2013 9:17am  
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Modern day version Thumbs up
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5 of 26  Fri 17th May 2013 9:25am  
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In the old photo, the door on the left with the lamp above - I remember this as a dark and dingy 'general store' in the early 1960s, run by a woman who must have been in her 90s! It was on my route home from Holy Trinity and I sometimes called in to buy some sweets. Greyfriars Lane was cobbled all the way down to this spot Oh my
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Foxcote
Warwick
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6 of 26  Fri 17th May 2013 10:15am  
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I found another shot of your 'dingy shop', I can see a window as it's a slightly different angle. Corner of Union St, Cow Lane, Greyfriars Lane and Cheylesmore
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Midland Red
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7 of 26  Fri 17th May 2013 10:23am  
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Thanks - that shows the Hare & Squirrel as I remember it (with the double bay windows) - I assume that in the first photo the H&S is the half-timbered building to the left of the gateway I wonder when that was demolished for the "new" public house? - perchance it was 1940! Oh my
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dutchman
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8 of 26  Fri 17th May 2013 3:05pm  
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On 17th May 2013 10:23am, Midland Red said: I assume that in the first photo the H&S is the half-timbered building to the left of the gateway
Yes it is:
On 17th May 2013 10:23am, Midland Red said: I wonder when that was demolished for the "new" public house? - perchance it was 1940! Oh my
Pre war. It was in a slightly different position and orientation as well.
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Foxcote
Warwick
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9 of 26  Sat 18th May 2013 8:55pm  
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Thanks for the location of the 'original Hare and Squirrel', Dutchman. According to the old Newspapers, it was up for sale in 1858 and was described as a Commercial Inn and Market House with a good Malthouse attached containing a Ten Quarter Kiln, stabling for eight horses and a large garden. Looking at that map, roughly what do you think the square area of the property would have been? Just interested in visualising the layout of the property.
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dutchman
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10 of 26  Sat 18th May 2013 11:24pm  
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On 18th May 2013 8:55pm, Foxcote said: Looking at that map, roughly what do you think the square area of the property would have been?
I'm afraid I've no idea Foxcote, 10,000 square feet maybe?
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Foxcote
Warwick
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11 of 26  Sun 19th May 2013 7:25am  
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Thanks Dutchman, the angles of the old photos made the old Hare and Squirrel look smaller than it actually was, I can see the gardens etc on your map. It didn't sound very pleasant to have spent a night there from the description in the first article that I have found from 2002, there's some great details of Cow Lane in the second link... Pungent smell of Cow Lane Memories of Cow Lane
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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12 of 26  Sun 19th May 2013 12:54pm  
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On 17th May 2013 9:25am, Midland Red said: In the old photo, the door on the left with the lamp above - I remember this as a dark and dingy 'general store' in the early 1960s, run by a woman who must have been in her 90s! It was on my route home from Holy Trinity and I sometimes called in to buy some sweets. Greyfriars Lane was cobbled all the way down to this spot Oh my
I found this picture of the shop on the corner of Cow Lane and Greyfriars Lane. It clearly shows the cobble stones in Greyfriars Lane. I will leave you car experts to date it but I would have though 1960's.
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Foxcote
Warwick
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13 of 26  Sun 19th May 2013 1:21pm  
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Oh that's a cracking photo Annewiggy Thumbs up MR will be well pleased when he sees that.
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Annewiggy
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14 of 26  Sun 19th May 2013 1:24pm  
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Just found some more. Another view of the shop and a view further up Cow Lane of the Weavers Top Shops.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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15 of 26  Sun 19th May 2013 1:30pm  
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On 19th May 2013 1:21pm, Foxcote said: Oh that's a cracking photo Annewiggy Thumbs up MR will be well pleased when he sees that.
Absolutely made up! Cheers for that and the subsequent ones Thumbs up
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