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sandylane

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1 of 31  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, her husband was a "cockney" but she was an olympic swimmer from the 20s !
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dutchman
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2 of 31  Wed 13th Jul 2011 2:45pm  
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sandylane said: Who remembers a little fruit and Veg shop just inside Queen Victoria Road ?
Which end?
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peterw

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3 of 31  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 31  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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5 of 31  Wed 20th Jul 2011 7:52am  
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This is not how I remember the junction. I guess from the Mk 2 escort estate and the sodium street lamp, it must have been taken after 1970. I remember this junction as a very busy cross roads controlled by traffic lights. In the 1950s, the main West-East route through the centre of Coventry was via Holyhead Road, Queen Victoria Road, Stoneleigh Terrace, St Patricks Road, Parkside, Short Street, Much Park Street and London Road. The picture would have been taken from the rump of Fleet Street, which most people of my generation regarded as part of Corporation Street. I don't remember too much about Fleet Street, other than it was the site of Dunn's Tailor's shop, apparently known before the war as the fifty shilling tailors (as opposed to some of the cheaper thirty shilling tailors in Coventry). If 50/- sounds cheap for a suit, remember that my dad earned £3 10s 6d in the mid-nineteen thirties (he kept accounts in a cash book, which came to light after his death), so 50/- was the best part of a week's wages.
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Midland Red
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6 of 31  Wed 20th Jul 2011 8:35am  
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Also in Fleet Street were Saxess, the pram shop owned by Lily Tribe, and a newsagents run by one of my grandfather's best mates, Jack Rimmer
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dutchman
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7 of 31  Wed 20th Jul 2011 4:35pm  
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InnisRoad said: This is not how I remember the junction. I guess from the Mk 2 escort estate and the sodium street lamp, it must have been taken after 1970.
After 1972 as the timber-framed building from Much Park Street has already been reconstructed on the site of the Plough Hotel as part of the Spon Street Townscape Scheme. The Triumph Stag on the left belonged to photographer John Bernard whose studio was nearby. It's registration number was "FU 2"! The temporary shops behind it have long gone.
InnisRoad said: The picture would have been taken from the rump of Fleet Street
Fleet Street is some distance behind the photographer. The short section of road between St John's Church and Holyhead Road is still a part of Spon Street.
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8 of 31  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 step father.
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dutchman
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9 of 31  Thu 21st Jul 2011 3:48pm  
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There was a Coventry Electrcial 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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10 of 31  Fri 22nd Jul 2011 8:07am  
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On 20th Jul 2011 4:35 pm, dutchman said: Fleet Street is some distance behind the photographer. The short section of road between St John's Church and Holyhead Road is still a part of Spon Street.
Spon Street used to run West from the junction of Birmingham New Road (now Holyhead Road) and Queen Victoria Road. I recall it because my Granma lived just along Spon Street, in the old weaver's cottages (possibly later, watchmaker's cottages, after the demise of the coventry weaving industry). I have checked on the OS maps of 1927 and 1851 and they confirm that Fleet Street ran as far as Holyhead Road.
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dutchman
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11 of 31  Fri 22nd Jul 2011 2:52pm  
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Your maps are mislabelled. I suggest you consult the volume "Spon Street: A Family History Viewpoint" published by the Coventry Family History Society which has both the postal addresses and names of the occupants of all the buildings between the junction of Holyhead/Queen Victoria Road and Fleet Street over a 100 yeat period. On the south side they are Nos 1-5 with Nos 6-8 being demolished to make room for Queen Victoria Road. This is from a planning application by Whitcomb Bros at No 1. The first building on the other side of Queen Victoria Road was the Plough Hotel at No9. On the north side they are Nos 186-190. (Nos 186 and 187 on the corner of Holyhead Road were destroyed in the war). The most recent occupant of No190 next to St John's Church was the Kingfisher Gallery which is still in Spon Street.
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12 of 31  Sat 23rd Jul 2011 7:53am  
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Thank you for the detailed map Dutchman. It looks as though the City Engineers maps are more detailed and accurated than Ordnance Survey. From your map, it appears that the conjunction of Spon Street and Fleet Street was at the entrance to Conduit Yard. This makes sense, because both Birmingham New Road and Queen Victoria Road are relatively new additions to the Coventry Street layout. The 1610 map of Coventry appears to show Fleet Street extending as far as Spon Gate, which was immediately to the West of St John's Church. There is no indication of Conduit Yard on this map, but I assume it must have been roughly along side the old City Wall. Just to clarify the Ordnance Survey Maps, the 1851 map is ambiguous because it is not clear where Spon Street starts and Fleet Street finishes. The 1927 map shows Fleet Street clearly extending beyond Conduit Yard, but I assume that this must be an error.
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Tricia
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13 of 31  Thu 28th Jul 2011 7:02pm  
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The fruit and veg shops I remember in Hillfields are Taylor's in King William Street (on the right hand side towards Broadgate) and on the left a little further up was another fruit and veg shop, which I can't remember the name of; what I do remember was the delicious toffee apples they used to sell - chewy toffee and crisp juicey apples. These shops were there in the late 50s early 60s. In the late 60s early 70s mum used to shop at Katie's in Harnall Lane, at the end of King Edward Road. Philip, I do remember Lilleys, I seem to remember it was across the road from Phyllis Butlers, the bridal shop. Wink
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PhilipInCoventry
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14 of 31  Thu 28th Jul 2011 7:40pm  
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Too true, Tricia. My mum was very friendly with Phyllis Butler. My wifes wedding dress & the bridesmaids dresses came from her. My mums shop was 'Marcia Gowns' in White St., after she was blitzed during the war.
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mayjan
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15 of 31  Thu 28th Jul 2011 9:06pm  
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I do remember those gorgeous toffee apples Tricia... so shiny and scrumptious,I liked to nibble on the lip that formed arond the top where they had been standing on the tray..yummy. And Philip I also got my Wedding dress from Phyllis Butlers,I got it in the sale and I think I paid about 25 for it. Thumbs up
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