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Annewiggy
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1 of 16  Sun 3rd Mar 2013 4:08pm  
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Spotted this nice Lea Francis car in a museum in Bedfordshire.
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Foxcote
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2 of 16  Fri 22nd Mar 2013 5:33pm  
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I wondered whether this photogaph was taken in Coventry because there's a car on the right with I am sure, FDU? Lea Francis
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Midland Red
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3 of 16  Mon 10th Jun 2013 5:11pm  
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Two photos from Broughton Castle yesterday : 1920 500cc Motor Cycle and a Gents Bicycle from c.1910
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Midland Red
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4 of 16  Wed 12th Jun 2013 5:43pm  
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A selection of photographs from the Lea-Francis Owners' Club Diamond Jubilee Rally last week end at Broughton Castle can be seen here Thumbs up
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Midland Red
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5 of 16  Thu 19th Jun 2014 11:35am  
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Remains of the Lea-Francis factory entrance in Lower Ford Street
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matchle55
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6 of 16  Thu 19th Jun 2014 9:06pm  
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The original, elaborate wrought iron gates belong to an acquaintance of mine and stand outside his house in Pailton. Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
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7 of 16  Fri 20th Jun 2014 9:53am  
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Is that the original factory entrance Red? I thought the works was further down on the other side?
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scrutiny
coventry
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8 of 16  Fri 20th Jun 2014 12:36pm  
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Francis Barnett was on that side of the road, as in MR photo. The only trouble is, that there used to be an old builders yard and a newsagent in between that pillar and the factory. The only thing I can think of is that where the gates are could have been a rear acess for Franny Barnett but not totally sure. The alleyway next to the old houses I used a lot, the memory fades a bit. I only lived across the road. I am sure the Dutchman could come up with an old map of the area. Thumbs up Sorry got the gist wrong, the factory moved in 1937 to Much Park St. That is why I do not remember it. Edited by member, 20th Jun 2014 12:44 pm
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Midland Red
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9 of 16  Fri 20th Jun 2014 1:28pm  
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My photo is slightly misleading, in that the gates to the factory were actually to the right of the pillar Blush I will have to revisit and rephoto as per this info Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
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10 of 16  Fri 20th Jun 2014 2:55pm  
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Hi Midland Red, It is still a nice photo of what we have now as a reminder of a one time great piece of engineering that was Coventry. I like it very much, thank you.
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scrutiny
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11 of 16  Fri 20th Jun 2014 3:13pm  
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I could not rest on this one! Where the gates are now was part of the alleyway, at the bottom, in the corner, was a pile of army great coats dumped. When I needed money I would cut off some of the ribbons and sell them, very lucrative for a seven year old. There must have been a corresponding pillar for the other gate and it would have been somewhere to the right of this was a builders yard, which is marked on a map I found also the newsagent. Then the Francis Barnett factory. Now, could I ask a question? Was the Lea Francis factory around the back, was the "franny" factory originally part of it? Also did the factory back up to Cox St.? I ask that because a lot of that was bombed out. Also there seems to have been an old telephone works around the back as well? I found a pretty good picture on Britain from above, funnily enough there was no urinal but the police box was there.
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Midland Red
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12 of 16  Fri 20th Jun 2014 3:42pm  
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Have a look on Old Maps Ignore the "Search" box and enter coordinates "434048" and "279161" Then look at the 1914 map - that shows the Lea Francis factory You can also look at maps from other years Thumbs up
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deanocity3
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13 of 16  Sat 21st Jun 2014 10:08pm  
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Motor show 1960 film featuring Lea Francis and several other Coventry built cars
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Rock n Roll Roy
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14 of 16  Thu 26th Jun 2014 8:15am  
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What year did it go to Little Park Street? I worked there Roll eyes in 1958, where we made and asssembled go karts and bomb trolleys.

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dutchman
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15 of 16  Thu 26th Jun 2014 3:32pm  
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I assume you mean Much Park Street? Car production began in Much Park Street in 1937 and ended in 1954. In reality it was a totally new company using an old name. Had car production resumed in 1960 it was unlikely to continue in Much Park Street as the street was already earmarked for demolition by the council.
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