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436 of 475  Fri 20th Oct 2017 11:29am  
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Sorry, showing my ignorance again.
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Annewiggy
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437 of 475  Fri 20th Oct 2017 11:46am  
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This one says 1939 Kaga taken from the Broadgate side with a keep left sign on the island Broadgate
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Helen F
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438 of 475  Fri 20th Oct 2017 12:23pm  
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Not Local, there were massive changes in Coventry just before the war. There are buildings that were brand new that got destroyed in the bombing. Some of the least familiar photos are those from that period because the buildings looked 'new' but didn't survive. We all get confused by that small period of time. It stands to reason that there were car models that fell to the same fate. Many of the car company names from just before the war (as shown of the fire insurance maps) are unfamiliar to me. Did they get bought out, or did they go bust, or was there just so little left after the bombing that there was nothing to resurrect?
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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439 of 475  Sat 21st Oct 2017 10:16am  
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Helen F. Yes, Owen Owen was one of those buildings, but in those days there was a big dog-leg into the Burges, if you came out of Burtons at the top of Broadgate you could not see Wimbush shop. If you look at the bomb photo of 39 you're looking at the side of Owen's. But for the 1st 13 years of my life this was the Broadgate I knew, so the scenes are familiar to me but names and numbers I forget. Most of those little firms were near the city centre, and with the war factories had to build war machines so yes they lost their original ideas. Even the large firms spread out around town into smaller premises to beat the loss if there was another raid, or that's they way I saw it.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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440 of 475  Sun 22nd Oct 2017 11:12am  
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Annewiggy, thanks, impressive in those days but looks more like a police building today, those narrow windows must have made it hard to see what you were buying, can't remember it inside but there's no doubt I must have gone in there more than once.
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Helen F
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441 of 475  Sun 22nd Oct 2017 3:23pm  
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Was there shopping on all floors or were there offices above? Maybe the high windows were to stop workers daydreaming out of the windows? Wink Probably it was to allow racks to be put on all the walls and the bulk of illumination came from electric lighting. It stops stuff fading, keeps the place warmer in winter, cooler in summer. I'm sure that it as very trendy at the time.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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442 of 475  Sun 22nd Oct 2017 5:26pm  
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Helen. They didn't daydream in those days they would have lost their jobs. You had to look busy at all times, it was quite strict working conditions. I would be guessing to say how many floors were shopping, but I never realised what a sombre building it was from the outside until recently.
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Kaga simpson
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443 of 475  Sun 29th Oct 2017 9:55am  
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I know what's bugging me about that photo on 425, that 'keep left sign' nearest the camera survived the blitz, or some such sign about there did, while all around it everything else fell, I remember seeing soldiers marching by it, the wrong way, down towards Trinity Street, either the Friday or Saturday morning.
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Midland Red
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444 of 475  Wed 1st Nov 2017 7:20pm  
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Does this one help, Kaga?
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Kaga simpson
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445 of 475  Thu 2nd Nov 2017 4:53pm  
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Midland Red. Could be, thing was the place was still piled high with rubble, the road was about a bus width wide, but thanks.
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Roger Turner
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446 of 475  Thu 2nd Nov 2017 5:46pm  
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On 1st Nov 2017 7:20pm, Midland Red said: Does this one help, Kaga?
Thanks for printing that one MR, don`t know if it helped Kaga, but it did me! Very nostalgic, I first returned to Coventry after evacuation to Measham about Easter 1947. I would have been twelve at the time and lived in Jubilee Crescent flats. Broadgate would have been on my No.2 bus route to KHVIII, I guess I would have changed to No.16 Green Lane or 17 Baginton. We didn`t get an ice cream van outside the school in those days, but I do seem to remember a chap came with a bike with a freezer box on the front (dry ice anyway) How did we get ice cream at all when there was sweet and sugar rationing?
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Midland Red
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447 of 475  Thu 2nd Nov 2017 6:26pm  
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Yes, Roger, those would have been your Corporation buses Thumbs up Pleased it brought back some memories for you, that you could share with us, as Kaga does Cheers
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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448 of 475  Sat 25th Nov 2017 6:05am  
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Another fine late view of pre-war Broadgate. I also found this one very interesting - must be late 30's as Butcher Row has gone but you can see the 'Wood' building on the right here - which was at the corner where you would have turned in to Spicerstoke towards Butcher Row. The same buildings seen here before '37 when Hiltons had it.
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Midland Red
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449 of 475  Sat 25th Nov 2017 7:57am  
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Big crowds in the first photo - as the clocks show approaching 11 o'clock I wonder if it's Remembrance Day? Awaiting a parade (not just for the Lants' lorry!)?
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Wearethemods
Aberdeenshire
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450 of 475  Sat 25th Nov 2017 9:51am  
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I've seen the top photo before, and yes you're right MR it is Remembrance Day.
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