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rinkbiker
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631 of 638  Sat 23rd Sep 2017 4:00pm  
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On 12th May 2014 6:21pm, LongfordLad said: Now, I should have said to myself, the Longford Orchard? There was, in my recollection, nary a fruit tree in sight. It was merely a patch of greenery, so why not call it the Orchard? There was a massive old tree - (I didn't know in those days how to distinguish one tree from another) - and it was close to the No. 20 (Bedworth-bound) bus-stop - almost exactly-opposite the lane way that led to the skating rink - but it was not a fruit-tree.
Hi there LongfordLad. On your mention of Longford Orchard you stated the 20A bus was Longford and Bedworth bound. I need to correct this because the 20A went down Windmill Road to Manor House estate. I know this from living in Windmill Road for a very long time! Cheers (don't mean to be petty!) Cheers
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Kaga simpson
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632 of 638  Sun 24th Sep 2017 3:57pm  
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Longford Lad. Wasn't it a yew tree. rinkbiker, I think you're rather young, the 20A never went down Windmill Road during my time in Coventry, it followed the trams and went to Bedworth, but someone will tell us when it changed.
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mcsporran
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633 of 638  Sun 24th Sep 2017 4:21pm  
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The following page, Bus Service 20/20A, shows the history of bus route 20A and it seems it did use Windmill Rd starting in 1957. Edited by member, 24th Sep 2017 4:51 pm
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bohica
coventry
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634 of 638  Sun 24th Sep 2017 4:38pm  
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And just to add to the confusion 20A is currently using Windmill Rd, and 20E is terminating at Longford (Oban Rd). Wink
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Midland Red
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635 of 638  Sun 24th Sep 2017 5:33pm  
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And to add even further to the confusion . . . the o p said no.20, not 20A Roll eyes
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Kaga simpson
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636 of 638  Mon 25th Sep 2017 9:44am  
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Midland Red, I did say I thought he was rather young, meaning we are talking of different times. According to that time table the 20/20A started in 1940 to replace the trams, didn't go down Windmill Lane till '57, a span of 17 early years. Not surprised the trams were taken off the route, the tracks were blown up right outside the Foleshill depot. Rinkbiker, Dan Tebutt was in my class at Foxford School 1930's, could it be the same Dan? Hey, I was pushed or walked down Windmill Road regularly, let's say from Aug 1927 and all through the thirties, that was the time when you could buy a plot of land in Windmill Road Cemetery for a few shillings. Lol Argon, I recall going in the shop a few times, but it is more likely I may have known Mrs Spittle as a young girl.
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rinkbiker
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637 of 638  Wed 27th Sep 2017 10:32am  
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Hi. Just a few memories about the river Sowe after it emerges from under the old gasworks. At times there was so much oil and such I'm sure you could have run a diesel engine off it! About 200 yards along its course it was joined by a much cleaner stream that came from the rear of the Vinecote Road and Red Hills direction. It was in this stream that us boys from St. Thomas' Road used to fish for sticklebacks with a small cane, cotton, a matchstick for a float and a worm! Who needed video games! Now, we used to transfer our fish catch in a bucket and carry them to the river at the bottom of our street in order to stock it up and save us a long walk to the fishing grounds. It was a sad mistake for the fish, because of the oily pollution from the original river Sowe we never saw one living fish in the area again. I am talking about 1950 when austerity was pretty rife and you had to make your own fun. Try telling that to grandkids who play these video games and the only exercise is the thumb! Gawd 'elp us! Cheers. Cheers
p.curtis

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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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638 of 638  Wed 27th Sep 2017 10:57am  
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rinkbiker It was St Thomas' Rd I visited in 1927 onwards to 1944.
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