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Helen F
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16 of 23  Wed 2nd Aug 2017 5:36pm  
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They're there on the early fire insurance maps on the north side, opposite the market. Their buildings then sweep north towards the river. They seem connected to the Lion Iron Foundry just to the east but I don't know how close the relationship was. To the west and partly to the north of it was the New Centaur Cycle Co. Just to the north, against the river was the Rover Cycle Co on the upper floors. In its day the area was a real hive of industry.
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matchle55
Coventry
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17 of 23  Wed 2nd Aug 2017 7:49pm  
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Am I correct in thinking that MHW were still trading in Hales St in the 60s/70s? And does anyone remember the plough that stood on the top of that building?
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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18 of 23  Wed 2nd Aug 2017 8:05pm  
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Quite correct, matchle55 - and I believe the plough went to their premises on Kingfield Road
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Gas Centre
Perth Scotland
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19 of 23  Wed 2nd Aug 2017 8:22pm  
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Kaga The entrance to Mattersons was in The Burges, I think they sold steel from there. To the right of the entrance was the telegram office, I remember this because I had to call there one Christmas Day while on emergency duty working for the Gas Board. This would have been about 1961-62, it was the start of a long cold winter. AH
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Heathite
Coventry
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20 of 23  Wed 2nd Aug 2017 9:31pm  
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LesMac
Coventry
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21 of 23  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 10:08am  
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When I was an apprentice I was instructed to buy my tools from a shop, left hand side at the bottom of Greyfriars Lane. Was that a branch of MHW?

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Midland Red
Cherwell
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22 of 23  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 10:51am  
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That would be the Warwick Lane premises in Heathite's post above Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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23 of 23  Thu 3rd Aug 2017 1:46pm  
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Gas Centre, thanks, but not thirty years before, the entrance was in Hales Street. Midland Red, thanks, but I did a search for MHW but got no trace. Yes I visited the repair shop in West Orchard a number of times, for we often had broken hoe blades or harness breaks, exciting for me because boss had the only car in the village, and his mother liked to city shop. MHW had a forge, racks to take long saw blades to repair or sharpen, and a few men to repair harnesses etc. The plough on top of the shop in Hales Street was a one furrow plough, the same as I was allowed to work with on my own, from when I was twelve onwards. Often the air was sweet with the luxurious perfume of newly mown grass, while the next field was a rolling corn-field, billowed before a breeze. Hundreds of poppy heads danced scarlet among the golden corn. Most times dusk was gathering when I turned my horse from the last furrow of the day. Yes a very long time ago when the world was different in every way.
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