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Helen F
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76 of 89  Thu 22nd Nov 2018 12:36am  
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A really good copy of a view over Broadgate that Rob has in his collection. Ephemeral, take a copy while you can. Edited by member, 22nd Nov 2018 12:42 am Post copied from topic Broadgate on 22nd Nov 2018 7:47 am
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Prof
Gloucester
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77 of 89  Thu 22nd Nov 2018 9:34am  
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Thanks Rob, Helen, what detail - those buildings in West Orchard one has never seen! Cranes in Smithford St, can this be Woolworth's build or rebuild? When in full screen it is absolutely amazing.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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78 of 89  Thu 22nd Nov 2018 9:59am  
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A cracker! If you press your right-hand mouse over the image and select 'open image in new tab' you can then zoom in even more! Butcher Row appears to still be there and there are Cranes on Smithford Street - early 30's do we think? Edited by member, 22nd Nov 2018 10:01 am
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Prof
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79 of 89  Thu 22nd Nov 2018 10:23am  
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Congratulations Rob and Helen. So much detail (thanks for tip Neil) buildings in West Orchard never seen before. I too noticed cranes could it be rebuild of Woolworth? The white building would seem to be the Co-op further down Smithford St to the right, in part of West Orchard? Boots stands out with its Art Deco frontage. Edited by member, 22nd Nov 2018 10:47 am
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Helen F
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80 of 89  Thu 22nd Nov 2018 1:00pm  
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I've been itching to see a better version of the view since I saw Rob's copy. If anyone has David McGrory's book A History of Coventry (I recommend it highly) on page 234 there is a very similar painting view from 1838 albeit wider. Compare and contrast. * I think the cranes are working on Woolworths or the City Arcade. I reckon it's 1931 or slightly earlier. Britain From Above 1931 showing lower end of Smithford Street *That's a painting I'd love to see in reality to photo the colours and fine details. I've already edited my model model to correct some roof details. The photo indicates a few mistakes on the painting but I can handle them. Edited by member, 22nd Nov 2018 1:06 pm
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Kaga simpson
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81 of 89  Thu 22nd Nov 2018 1:07pm  
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More so, it makes one realise just how much we lost in the Blitz, most of the central scene, I would think earlier than the thirties, but what a great photo to show people the old market, need to study this photo more.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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82 of 89  Thu 22nd Nov 2018 1:19pm  
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Yes, it was the market that stood out for me Thumbs up
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Prof
Gloucester
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83 of 89  Thu 22nd Nov 2018 5:51pm  
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Any idea Annewiggy/ Helen what buildings on the RH side of West Orchard that stand out so clearly?
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Helen F
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84 of 89  Thu 22nd Nov 2018 5:56pm  
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I don't know what it was in 1930 but in 1890 it was Matterson, Huxley & Watson Ltd plus the Lion Iron Foundry. Just beyond that was the New Centaur Cycle Co.
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Prof
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85 of 89  Thu 22nd Nov 2018 9:49pm  
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Thanks Helen. I only remember M H & W in Hales Street with the plough above the entrance!
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Kaga simpson
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86 of 89  Fri 23rd Nov 2018 2:39pm  
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Helen F, Rob, The amazing thing for me about the photo, of all the hundreds of times I wandered through that scene I was always looking up - this is the first time I have seen the market looking down, so this a very special photo for me, and I thank you both. Now on the corner of the Burges and West Orchard there were two small shops, then MHW premises including a foundry. I think it only stretched about six houses on the right hand side, so little is in the picture. About a week before the raid they had moved about twenty new tractors from West Orchard to Hales Street. WO branch was gutted, only a few baths standing by the back wall survived. Hales Street, the roof was badly damaged but the tractors had little damage. MHW had a team of twenty ARP/firemen on duty that night.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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87 of 89  Mon 3rd Dec 2018 7:58pm  
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There are some interesting pictures of Coventry in non-Coventry newspapers. This is from a 1958 copy of The Sphere, a London paper
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Helen F
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88 of 89  Mon 3rd Dec 2018 10:50pm  
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A good transition photo between the post war photos and modern satellite views.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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89 of 89  Tue 26th Feb 2019 11:48am  
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Great rare image pre-ring road looking over towards Nauls Mill - showing Upper Well Street / Lamb Street / Gas Street and the Gas Tavern etc.
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