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rich
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1 of 739  Fri 12th Mar 2010 11:42pm  
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Hi - I am currently working on another incarnation of this building on the corner of Hay Lane which was formerly Yates's Wine Lodge, before that a furniture shop. If anyone knows any history of this building it would be gratefully received. I have found one photo/sketch of the building, any others out there? On one of the many shop fascias uncovered I believe is the word "Anslows"' ring any bells? Cheers rich
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dutchman
Spon End
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2 of 739  Sat 13th Mar 2010 5:25am  
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It was Anslows furnishings for many years before they relocated to Hales Street. It was then occupied by Waring and Gillow furnishings. A drinks license wasn't granted until 1995.
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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3 of 739  Sun 4th Apr 2010 2:43pm  
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Hello. Can anyone help with pictures or memories of, 'Marcia Gowns' and 'Melton Products'. I have a picture of 'Melton Products' on its last day of trading, but I have nothing on 'Marcia Gowns'. Marcia Gowns' was one of the first retailers to close when the compulsary purchase orders were issued prior to the demolition.
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dutchman
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4 of 739  Sun 4th Apr 2010 6:52pm  
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Only one I could find at "Pictures of Coventry": Brayshaws House Furnishings and Melton Products
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PhilipInCoventry
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5 of 739  Sun 4th Apr 2010 7:14pm  
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Thank you. That was my Aunt's shop during the last week of trading. There is another pic on the same site where my Mum's shop is just visable in the distance. Also my mum's car is in the picture. Thank you, you are so kind. Philip ps. I have memories of walking to her shop from the grammar school. Then waiting with the shop assistant, for my mum to arrive in her overloaded car, with new stock. Her car was a pre-war 'Hillman', the drop down boot lid having strengthened chains to hold it secure. It was quite a sight.
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brocock1
bedworth
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6 of 739  Wed 9th Mar 2011 6:22pm  
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Hi all I am trying to find out if anyone knows when Plumbs re-upholstery shop in The Precinct closed - it was a curtain, seat and cushion cover place - it's driving me mad now - lol as originally i needed to know to fill out my nan's census form but now i need to know more for my own sanity - lol
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TonyS
Coventry
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7 of 739  Fri 11th Mar 2011 4:03pm  
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Hi, why not contact them and ask them? Heres the "history" page of their website.... http://www.plumbs.co.uk/about-us/plumbs-history.php Hope that helps! Tony PS, Not sure if its still there, but I'm sure they used to have an office in Binns Close, off Torrington Ave in Tile Hill
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dutchman
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8 of 739  Tue 15th Mar 2011 10:06pm  
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According to planning records it was December 1965, being replaced by Forget-Me-Not Cards.
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InnisRoad
Hessle
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9 of 739  Sat 16th Apr 2011 8:08am  
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Thanks to Tony S for raising the subject of RES in the Far Gosford Street Topic. My first proper job was mending tellies with RES Granada, part of the Granada Retail Group. I worked for the rental side of the repair business at that time. When I started, the workshop was in a large shed behind the Daventry Road Branch in Quinton Parade (which Tony seems to have forgotten). We later moved to outbuildings behind the Walsgrave Road branch, just past Clay Lane on the left. The Walsgrave Road branch was taken over from Top Rank and most of the sets rented by that branch were Bush/Murphy inside. We also had a retail workshop in outbuildings opposite 128 Far Gosford Street. Later we were rationalised and operated a combined service from Far Gosford Street. At about this time a new one-way system was introduced around the junction with Lower Ford Street, in conjunction with the road works for the new ring road. At the end of 1970 I left Coventry to take over the workshop at the Evesham branch. Sadly, Granada rationalised its business in 1971 and Granada retail was swallowed up by Granada TV Rental (GTVR). The service activity was eventually all concentrated above the Ironmonger row branch of GTVR. By that time I had left the company and embarked on a career in training at the Government Training Centre (later to become Coventry Skill Centre) in Torrington Avenue.
Regards Innis Road

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InnisRoad
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10 of 739  Sat 16th Apr 2011 8:24pm  
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When I worked for RES Granada I worked with: Ted Bosworth - Service manager Dave Adams - later became service manager then regional operations manager Ron ??? (sorry Ron, I have forgotten your surname) - who lived in Willenhall and was trained at Birmingham Govenrment Training Centre under the apprentice training scheme John Sproul - later left and moved to Devon Rupra Singh - who left so many "Out" cards that we used to rib him that he tapped the door with his turban - he later went to work for Lloyds, where he said most of the work was changing meters. In those days, if your credit worthiness did not allow you to have a monthly rental agreement, a meter was fitted to the back of the telly and you had to put in 2/- (10p in modern money) to keep it going. Bill Cooper - Whose initial was B because his dad said that everyone would call him Bill so he might as well be christened Bill, who joined after we moved to Walsgrave Road I later worked with John (???) form Lower Quinton, Karl and John at Far Gosford Street.
Regards Innis Road

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TonyS
Coventry
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11 of 739  Sat 14th May 2011 10:09pm  
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InnisRoad said: .... Bill Cooper - Whose initial was B because his dad said that everyone would call him Bill so he might as well be christened Bill....
Its really strange reading that. My mother christened me "Tony" as she believed that if I was christened 'Anthony" I would spend my life being called Tony anyway.... In fact, I have spent my entire life correcting people who automatically presume my initial is "A"!!! ...and yes, I had forgotten the "Daventry Road" branch. Do you recall when it closed? The Area Managers name, when I was at RES, was Biggs.
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InnisRoad
Hessle
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12 of 739  Sun 15th May 2011 7:29am  
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Unfortunately, I don't remember when the Daventry Road branch closed. I left Coventry in 1971. But I do remember Bill Biggs. He fell out with the senior mamagement and went back to his old company as a salesman. Terry Jones became area manager and Dave Adams took over as ROM. That was before the whole retail operation was scuppered by GTVR. When I started, Keith Gianesi was the technical supremo in Granada Retail. He interviewed me for the job.
Regards Innis Road

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nirvana
coventry
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13 of 739  Wed 5th Oct 2011 12:24am  
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Well just had a thought when you were all chatting about shops, do you all remember the old Exchange and Mart in New Buildings r/o the Silver Sword, I bought plenty of things in there, my first geometry set, an Ingersoll watch and lots more things over the years, you could buy anything from them, a great shop, a deposit secures was the message.
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K
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14 of 739  Sun 11th Dec 2011 11:20am  
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I have fond memories of the Church Bookshop (in Hertford St as I remember?) a poky Aladdin's cave of all sorts of books, unlike the sterile monstrosities that pollute our high streets today! It looked tiny from the street, but seemed to on forever once you were in there, dark and packed to the gunwhales with books everywhere! I never, ever, failed to get what I wanted there, and I still have my prize from my last year in KH Junior school - Webster's Geographical Dictionary and World Gazetteer! And, I think it was Ireland's, in Trinity Street, selling drawing instruments, art stuff, pens and pencils, and stationery. Another Aladdin's cave! I bought a Sheaffer Snorkel fountain pen there about 1958 or 9. And previously, two Conway Stewarts - both of which had a really annoying tendency to flood at the worst possible times! Unfortunately, the Sheaffer got broken, and both it and the two others was thrown away some years ago. If only I'd known their value today. Sad I bet they are both long gone?
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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15 of 739  Tue 13th Dec 2011 11:24pm  
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Hi Keith. Wave I remember the drawing insruments shop, but I though that was 'Mills & Mills'. nearly the first shop going up Trinity St.on the right. Wave I still have a Conway Stewart pen which to my amazement discovered that an 'Osmaroid' nib fitted it. I wore the orginal one out.
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