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Kaga simpson
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361 of 382  Fri 6th Mar 2020 9:27am  
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It's about six pm, the photographer has been alerted, and the copper is watching the crowd not the traffic. No bus, car or cycle about. I would assume it's an extension to the shoppers for an hour, probably for Christmas. At this time the shops were fully stocked, the effect from the U-boats not hit home yet. The Kings Head is blacked out where the ladder rests, the bottom of the street also, probably the rest of the town. Eight out of ten of that crowd will bump into something before they get home, shop girls were let out early to get home before dark. Annewiggy, you could check this if you wish. Prof, I didn't ask about the lion, but thanks anyway.
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Helen F
Warrington
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362 of 382  Fri 6th Mar 2020 10:07am  
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There are easier maps, more comprehensive maps and older maps but the Fire Insurance maps are very useful. From the corner of Hertford Street you get the (new) Kings Head. Note the passage into the inner courtyard. Then the buildings step out (that's where the guy on the ladder is). Then you get buildings 6-11 before Vicar Lane. The Building line of the Kings Head is closer to the original width of the road as shops were built out under the first and maybe even second overhang of the original building. The top overhang was probably sawn off. A brick face was then built up the entire front. Each modification took up more 'pavement' although it may not have been marked out as that. Edited by member, 6th Mar 2020 10:08 am
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Prof
Gloucester
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363 of 382  Wed 18th Mar 2020 12:02am  
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Found this on line Helen, I think it is your map but more of it!
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Helen F
Warrington
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364 of 382  Wed 18th Mar 2020 8:01am  
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It is Prof. It's one of the Fire Insurance maps at the British Library. Many more to be perused and zoomed into. Fire Insurance Maps
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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365 of 382  Wed 18th Mar 2020 3:15pm  
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Until 1818 Coventry had never had a permanent building special adapted as a theatre - several places had been used, including wooden huts. Sir Skears Rew, Coventry Mayor, retired and having spare land and spare time, he built behind his house in Smithford Street a theatre calling it the 'Theatre Royal'. It opened on Easter Monday, April 1818, with ' A way to pay off old debts' and 'The Irishman in London' to a very large and welled filled house of the nobility and gentry. In 1815 the Prince Regent was staying at Coombe Abbey with Lord Craven - the Mayor Rew, with a corporation, moved by a sense of duty (the prince still owned a large part of the city) paid him a dutiful address and acknowledgment, so well did it go the Prince made him a Sir, but finding no sword in the Abbey made him a knight with a butchers chopper, which was placed afterwards in Warwick Museum. Next door to Rew’s house in Smithford Street once lived Robert Onley Henry VII came from Bosworth Field, entertained by the Mayor Robert Onley, whom he knighted as an Alderman.
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Prof
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366 of 382  Wed 25th Mar 2020 8:48pm  
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Smithford St from High St Edited by member, 25th Mar 2020 8:51 pm
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Kaga simpson
367 of 382  Thu 26th Mar 2020 4:47pm  
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Helen F
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368 of 382  Thu 26th Mar 2020 5:05pm  
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A good shot of the White Lion in 1946 at Britain From Above Most of the rubble cleared away. The roof was damaged and the back buildings were significantly hit. I recon they could have rebuilt the roof but the disadvantages of flat roofs weren't fully appreciated at that point.
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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369 of 382  Thu 26th Mar 2020 5:27pm  
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Once again Kaga, you beautifully paint a picture to help us youngsters (!) understand how things were during those unique times. Thank you. Cheers
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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370 of 382  Fri 27th Mar 2020 10:20am  
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Great find again, Helen Thumbs up Still can't see that mosaic, though!
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Helen F
Warrington
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371 of 382  Fri 27th Mar 2020 10:40am  
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I think that the mosaic possibly vanished before the war. It was a time where old street materials were being replaced (even before the war damage) and possibly the mosaic ended up below the level of the new pavement. Rather than leave it as a trip hazard, they might have just covered it over.
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Kaga simpson
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372 of 382  Fri 27th Mar 2020 11:06am  
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Helen, what do you mean the mosaic vanished before the war? Rob’s just photographed it as fitting around the Lion before the war.
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Helen F
Warrington
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373 of 382  Fri 27th Mar 2020 11:34am  
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Kaga, it clearly fit the building but that doesn't mean that it was still visible before the war. It may have been a victim of changes in the paving material/level before the war or just after as the council evened out the bomb damaged paving with the quickest/cheapest materials. It probably wasn't the choice of the owners of the White Lion. How many times does modern fancy paving get repaired by nasty sections of tarmac?
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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374 of 382  Fri 27th Mar 2020 11:36am  
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If you look of the photos of the rediscovered mosaic, you can see how many layers there were above it!
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3Spires
Leicestershire
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375 of 382  Fri 27th Mar 2020 11:43am  
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We had some really nice unmolested tarmac, in our village, until Virgin Media decided to "gift" us with their Broadband installations. Sad
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