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sandylane

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1 of 20  Wed 13th Jul 2011 2:05pm  
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Who remembers a little fruit and veg shop just inside Queen Victoria Road? It was owned by a little old lady and her husband, he was a "cockney" but she was an Olympic swimmer from the 20s!
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dutchman
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2 of 20  Wed 13th Jul 2011 2:45pm  
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Which end?
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peterw

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3 of 20  Tue 19th Jul 2011 5:29am  
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Near the junction opposite Holyhead Road
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dutchman
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4 of 20  Tue 19th Jul 2011 2:22pm  
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Are you sure it was Queen Victoria Road and not the short section of Spon Street because a family called Brown is listed as having a fruit & veg shop at No2 Spon Street from the 1920s up until the shop was demolished? Also the section of Queen Victoria Road immediately adjacent to road junction was the site of the bombed-out Plough Hotel although there was a shop of some sort a bit further along the road.
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peterw

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5 of 20  Thu 21st Jul 2011 4:56am  
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dutchman said: Are you sure it was Queen Victoria Road?
"Yep"! Their name was Stokes, and the woman used to walk to the wholesale market every morning very very early to fetch fresh produce. It is obvious the shop was not well known, but I can assure you it was Queen Victoria Road and that the shop was there.They had two sons, one whose name I cannot remember, but the other one was Tony, who in later years worked at the Morris, but before that he worked for a company called "Coventry Electrical Appliances", I think they were in Wheatley Street at one time. Tony was also an ex Royal Marine and in the 1950s he married my mother and became my stepfather.
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dutchman
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6 of 20  Thu 21st Jul 2011 3:48pm  
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There was a Coventry Electrical Appliances in that part of Queen Victoria Road, it was formerly Marsons television and radio store. The only shop I remember in Queen Victoria Road was a sleazy newsagents on the corner of Croft Road. This isn't surprising as once the extension to Corporation Street was built few people had reason to use the northern section of Queen Victoria Road any more. The effect on passing trade must have been devastating? The remaining occupants were forcibly evicted when the Co-op foodstore was built circa 1985-1987. These included eighty year old women who were born and had spent their entire lives living in the road.
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anne
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7 of 20  Thu 16th Aug 2012 9:22pm  
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Hi, I walked up Corporation Street today to go the station. For the first time, I noticed some flats on the right hand side of the road, in a very tall building, just before the ring road. Could somebody tell me any history of the building? It's fascinating! (Just goes to prove that walking around does produce some interesting sights!!) Wink
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TonyS
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8 of 20  Thu 16th Aug 2012 9:27pm  
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Sorry Anne, you've lost me, can you be a bit more precise please? Which way were you facing, and exactly where are these flats located Thumbs up
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charabanc
Coventry
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9 of 20  Fri 17th Aug 2012 9:31am  
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Anne Are you referring to the block at the top of Queen Victoria Rd just before it stops at the ring road?
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anne
coventry
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10 of 20  Fri 17th Aug 2012 11:33am  
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Yes, sorry - I forgot that the road changes name! Thanks, Charabanc Roll eyes Cheers
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Midland Red
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11 of 20  Mon 23rd Sep 2013 3:04pm  
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There used to be two pairs of large semi-detached properties at this point, separated from where Percy Blamire's Queens Road Garage stood by Hertford Place The houses were South Gate, Croft Gate, Roselands and Louieville - the latter was closest to Queen Victoria Road, and was for many years the solicitors offices of Skillington and Brown. Roselands and Louieville had very long front gardens and driveways - all the properties were lost to the Inner Ring Road Sad
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jvb
Kenilworth
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12 of 20  Tue 1st Oct 2013 9:12pm  
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The flats were designed by architects Alan Johnson Associates and built for Chase Homes about 10-15 years ago. If anyone needs to know the exact details I'm sure they can be found on the planning section of the city council website. Alan Johnson Associates were based in the old Victorian building on the site and to make way for the development they moved to new offices on Coventry Business Park, Canley. The company is now known as AJA Architects LLP (http://www.aja-architects.com/) Midland Red is slightly incorrect in that only one of the pairs of large houses were actually demolished for the ring road construction - the other pair were the AJA offices.
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Midland Red
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13 of 20  Tue 1st Oct 2013 10:22pm  
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Thanks for the info jvb Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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14 of 20  Sat 23rd Dec 2017 1:33am  
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NeilsYard
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15 of 20  Tue 6th Mar 2018 5:21am  
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We do not appear to have a dedicated Croft Road thread but this image was taken from Queen Victoria Road so I've placed here. Very rare shot from this era of the corner where today (believe it or not!) stands Ikea. That's the same row standing that can be seen in my previous post.
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