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walrus
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1 of 81  Thu 4th Oct 2012 6:02pm  
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Does anyone know if the Owens, of Owen Owen fame, were a local family?
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dutchman
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2 of 81  Thu 4th Oct 2012 6:06pm  
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No, they were based in Liverpool.
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3 of 81  Thu 4th Oct 2012 6:43pm  
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Is that why, the contractors 'B Tomkinson & Sons',who built it were also from Liverpool? Probably, they liked to have all work done "in house". Plumbs (based in Coventry) was their own shopfitting division.
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4 of 81  Thu 4th Oct 2012 6:52pm  
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I spent just over a year with Plumbs - Plumb Contract Furnishers and Shopfitters Ltd - both in Bishop Street and Liverpool in the 1960s Happy days Thumbs up
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5 of 81  Thu 21st Feb 2013 8:57am  
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Not sure if the question has been asked before. If you look to the left of Wetherspoons there was an alleyway up to what I remember was a temporary shop possibly belonging to Owen Owen, I am thinking early Fifties. There was also at some point a pet shop at the beginning of the alley. Can anybody enlighten me? Many thanks. Cheers
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6 of 81  Thu 21st Feb 2013 9:26am  
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What I do when looking for a certain subject is type in the search box like New Buildings this will bring up all the previous posts where this was mentioned, or you can try Exchange and Mart. Hope this is helpful Cheers
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woodford
coventry
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7 of 81  Thu 21st Feb 2013 11:29am  
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I remember Exchange and Mart, the building was shored up for ages. Wave
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dutchman
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8 of 81  Thu 21st Feb 2013 3:55pm  
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Owen Owen occupied the building on the corner of Trinity Street and New Buildings until their new store was built.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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9 of 81  Thu 21st Feb 2013 4:01pm  
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I vaguely recall a walkway connecting two departments of Owen Owen. I should imagine it was only temporary but I am thinking it was during the 50's. Would that have been between two buildings? Wave
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Baz
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10 of 81  Sun 28th Jul 2013 12:16am  
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On 21st Feb 2013 3:55pm, dutchman said: OwenOwen occupied the building on the corner of Trinity Street and New Buildings until their new store was built.
Taken from an old newspaper that I have photo'd. Owen Owen in its makeshift building. Thumbs up
Always looking forward to looking at the past.

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11 of 81  Sun 28th Jul 2013 2:39am  
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dutchman
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12 of 81  Sun 28th Jul 2013 2:55am  
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Great find Baz! Thumbs up
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Foxcote
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13 of 81  Sun 28th Jul 2013 7:39am  
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I loved that photo too Smile
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PhilipInCoventry
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14 of 81  Sun 28th Jul 2013 8:03am  
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A lovely picture. Thank you. Thumbs up Owen Owen operated from several temporary shops that side of Trinity St, even had one further down, roughly where Sainsbury's is now. I remember the flywheel on over-head wire cash systems in their shops. The sound of them 'whizzing' along to the cash office, only to 'whiz' back with your receipt & change. Happy days! Wave
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heritage
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15 of 81  Sun 28th Jul 2013 8:46am  
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Remember it well. My mother worked there for a while. The shop insisted that she changed her working Christian name from Betsie to Kay as they had another girl with the same name. She never changed it back as she preferred the new version.
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