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Tricia
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1 of 80  Thu 21st Jul 2011 7:11pm  
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My husband says he remembers Marks & Spencers being behind the Gaumont, next to Newsomes Garage. Date about 1947. Can anyone confirm this. Smile
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dutchman
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2 of 80  Thu 21st Jul 2011 7:44pm  
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tricia said: My husband says he remembers Marks & Spencers being behind the Gaumont, next to Newsomes Garage. Date about 1947. Can anyone confirm this. Smile
It was actually Brandish's garage but otherwise that's absolutely correct. It was M&S' temporary home until the one in the precinct was built: This is the view from inside looking towards the entrance in Whitefriars Street: Edited by member, 7th Jun 2016 9:24 pm
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PhilipInCoventry
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3 of 80  Thu 21st Jul 2011 7:59pm  
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My mum often talked about that M&S temporary store in Whitefriars St. At that time nearly all of its stock was ladies + girls schoolwear which had the label St Margarets not St. Michael as it mostly became after 1950+. Mum would often talk about retailers pulling together after the blitz of November 1940, as she did, having lost her ladieswear shop and having to make the best of a temporary shop in White St, which became permanent until demolished when the ring road was built. Retailers did care about customers then. On Thursdays which was half day closing in Coventry, the trains to B'ham were full of traders and assistants buying stock from B'ham stores (B'ham half day was Wednesday) in order to please customers as best as they could in wartime living.
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Tricia
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4 of 80  Thu 21st Jul 2011 9:09pm  
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Thank you so much. My husband has been going on about M&S in Whitefriars Street for years. He was pleased to see the photograph, he remembered it well. Big grin
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InnisRoad
Hessle
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5 of 80  Fri 22nd Jul 2011 8:27am  
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Baz
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6 of 80  Tue 19th Jun 2012 10:23pm  
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This is more of a story than a topic, But please have your say with it. I have had the pleasure of meeting a lady in Hinckley that tells me of her memories of living in the shadows of the three spires in the 1930's. She grew up in a three storey house where the top floor was a weaving shop. The shop covered a number of houses on the street, and made quite a lot of noise in the day time. Her father was a runner for the local betting shops. There house was no.33 White Friars Street, But when her father passed on, her mother and herself had to move to no.7. This was a few doors away from "The White Friars Inn". But she remembers it as "Linches". Bill Linch being the Landlord at the time. The alley between the houses and pub had ridges built in to stop the barrels running down too fast down to the cellar. Talking to people about their memories is a really good way of finding out small bits of local history. Linches - there may be one or two who also remember it as that. History is not just in the past, but we make it every day, and find things out every day. This lady lent me some papers and books and I have taken photos myself of the pics for my own memories, and other peoples. There is a picture in one of the papers that shows the house where she grew up. Being in her ??s. I don't think she can use computers as we can, so I've copied the photo and will frame it for her memory. "Making memories every day". Smile The second door from the left. Blush The Gaumont Palace I think can just be seen at the end of the houses ?
Always looking forward to looking at the past.

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dutchman
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7 of 80  Tue 19th Jun 2012 11:23pm  
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I don't think it is the Gaumont Baz, more likely Brandish's Garage or the Mission House on the other side of Whitefriars Lane? As I've mentioned elsewhere, my friend Alan McQueen lived with his grandmother in one of the houses near the far end. For some odd reason they never used the front door but always entered via a back door in the courtyard behind. My friends the Carson brothers lived in a tenement in the courtyard itself in conditions that would be considered intolerable today!
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Baz
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8 of 80  Tue 19th Jun 2012 11:30pm  
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On 19th Jun 2012 11:23pm, dutchman said: I don't think it is the Gaumont Baz, more likely Brandish's Garage or the Mission House on the other side of Whitefriars Lane?
O.E picture it's quite a large building. It does look like the rear of the Gaumont. I may be wrong. Oh my
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dutchman
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9 of 80  Wed 20th Jun 2012 12:35am  
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On 19th Jun 2012 11:30pm, Baz said: O.E picture it's quite a large building. It does look like the rear of the Gaumont.
Yes, you may be right. It is much further away from the camera than I at first thought. The projecting ridge across the roofline was used to store the screen which could be electrically hoisted to reveal a stage behind it.
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TonyS
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10 of 80  Wed 20th Jun 2012 8:16am  
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Fascinating story Baz, thanks for posting. Thumbs up
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Baz
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11 of 80  Mon 9th Jul 2012 8:47pm  
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This is a thread I started a while back now but I returned the books and papers today with a framed photo of where she use to live as a thank you. She was delighted with the photo which I scanned from a paper cutting. She told me of an old blind lady who also lived in the street who had a parrot that would tell her if someone came into the house. She also remembers an Elizabeth Parker and Annie Parker who lived the other side of the water pipe and tin wall to herself. White Friars St in the 1930's must have been quite a hard place to live. One outside tap serving a number of houses (if not all). The yards must have been a meeting place for many residents to chat, and do there washing at the same time. She did say it was a hard life living there, but the friendship of the people there made it that much easier. The pic shows who she thinks maybe her auntie and uncle outside the house where she lived, but cannot be sure. It is sad to say I may not see this lady again for some time as she is moving into a home, or assisted living. Her memories have given me great understanding of life living in the centre of a city. If I do contact her again, you will see this thread come back to life. Thumbs up
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herberts lad
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12 of 80  Tue 10th Jul 2012 1:01pm  
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Having emailed I gave the names of my great grandmother and her daughter Elizabeth Parker and Annie Parker in the vain anticipation that this lady would remember them as they lived in a one up one down property, 2 court 5 house Whitefriars St. What a lovely unexpected surprise last evening when I saw they had been remembered. My great gran died in 1954, Annie in 1978. In order to put faces to names I have these two wonderful photographs showing them both. Elizabeth Parker who was blind cannot remember a parrot, is the second person from the right hand end with her daughter, my gran May next to her. I believe the picture was taken in Bourton-on-the-Water around 1923 as the little girl was my mum's cousin Margaret Parker. The picture of the wedding group has Annie Parker on the far left with my mother Vera as bridesmaid to Annie's brother Joseph on his wedding day
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Baz
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13 of 80  Tue 10th Jul 2012 9:12pm  
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Thank you Herberts Lad for the photo's, The good lady in Hinckley did say she remembered them living the other side of the corrugated wall and water pipe, but I will try and see her again soon. As part of my job, I could only pop in to drop off the papers etc, and did not have much time to chat. If it is ok with you I will print off the top photo to show her. It may bring back more memories for her (and use). I did not have chance to see if she would let me use her name on this thread, but I will next time. Thanks again. Thumbs up
Always looking forward to looking at the past.

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Baz
Coventry
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14 of 80  Wed 12th Sep 2012 10:47pm  
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I have been to see the good lady once again, Olive is her name, Her mother use to send her to the Butchers on a Tuesday, Where Roy Fitter ( the butcher ) would give them extra bacon and forget to stamp the ration book. Her mother told her not to say a word to any other people in the shop. A Mrs hopper owned a house in the road with a top shop where she would house upto 10 Irish navii's in old iron beds, And then there was a Hilda Chance, who had a large back garden, where the council workers put up an anderson shelter, She said her and friends had a picnic in it before they found out what it was for. Next door to where Olive lived was the Kingleys, and there was that much of a gap in the walls, she said she could shake hands with them through the hole. She does remember an Annie Parker, but not her Brother Joseph. What great memories people have, and so nice to hear them recall there past. Thumbs up
Always looking forward to looking at the past.

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Foxcote
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15 of 80  Thu 13th Sep 2012 4:24pm  
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Really enjoyed reading Olive's reminiscences and credit to you for seeing the value of them and making sure they were recorded. Smile
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