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DeanSpencer
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1 of 12  Tue 6th Nov 2012 7:43pm  
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My gran lived in Conway Ave, at the bottom of which there was Duggins Lane. I believe that a local blacksmith called George Duggins had his workshop on that lane (presumably called something else), does anyone know the history and what happened to the Duggins family and the old workshop?
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pat
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2 of 12  Fri 9th Nov 2012 12:19am  
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Hi Dean. The old smithy was there when I moved here in 1979. I would take my boys there to look through the derelict building. The blacksmiths tools were still there with horseshoes etc littered about. Over time they disappeared and the builders moved in. Now its a small complex of little cottages. Very nice but the history has gone.
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Chaingang
Tile Hill Village
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3 of 12  Thu 15th Nov 2012 8:53pm  
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Hello Dean, Have a look at this site, it should answer your question. Old George Duggins died a few years ago, he was a regular in The Bell.
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nirvana
coventry
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4 of 12  Fri 16th Nov 2012 2:58pm  
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They are very nice pictures Chaingang the before and after is so easy to distinguish well done.
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DeanSpencer
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5 of 12  Fri 16th Nov 2012 8:22pm  
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Many thanks to all of you above for the information provided. My grandad was a regular at the Bell too , and I have no doubt they would have known one another !
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JohnB
Wokingham, Berkshire
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6 of 12  Sat 24th Nov 2012 12:15pm  
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BCPete
Maple Ridge, BC, Canada
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7 of 12  Wed 20th Feb 2013 7:18am  
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In the years 1932-34 I lived on Duggins Lane and spent many hours watching Mr. Duggins shoeing horses, watched him heat up the forge, hammer the red hot shoes on the anvil, press the shoes on the hooves, and then there was the aroma, wonderful memories.
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PhilipInCoventry
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8 of 12  Wed 20th Feb 2013 8:49am  
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Hello Peter & welcome to our Coventry forum. Wave
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pixrobin
Canley
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9 of 12  Sat 23rd Jul 2016 9:59pm  
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This is Duggins Smithy as of yesterday. It has been sold (subject to contract).
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flapdoodle
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10 of 12  Sun 24th Jul 2016 9:53am  
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Looks very good! Nice restoration job.
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Heathite
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11 of 12  Mon 5th Sep 2016 9:20pm  
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Do you think this is the Blacksmiths on these maps?
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pixrobin
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12 of 12  Mon 5th Sep 2016 9:39pm  
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yes, the old smithy is just before you get to Nailcote Ave but on opposite side of road. George Duggins also ran the smithy at Westwood just east of St John the Baptist church.
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