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Prof
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16 of 25  Fri 30th Nov 2018 4:43pm  
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What is the bombed building next to Ford's in the photo? Any ideas? Just looked again at Neil's post where we see it pre-Blitz! Apparently a dwelling with the small child outside. Edited by member, 30th Nov 2018 4:46 pm
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Heathite
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17 of 25  Sat 1st Dec 2018 8:23am  
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Here's a possible candidate for the house adjacent the Hospital.
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Prof
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18 of 25  Sat 1st Dec 2018 9:35am  
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Thanks Heathite, an Almoner no doubt attached to Ford's Hospital, so the hospital probably owned the building.
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Heathite
Coventry
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19 of 25  Sat 1st Dec 2018 9:41am  
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Thanks Prof, my thoughts too but he doesn't come up on the 1939 register. At least, not as an almoner. They allow occupation as a search criteria on Findmypast. But zero results for that.
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Helen F
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20 of 25  Sat 1st Dec 2018 9:56am  
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You're a wizard with the directories Heathite. Thumbs up With the hospital at 24, there's a gap where 25 and 26 used to be and then Mrs Farmer was in the left hand side at 27 and Mrs Hordern lived on the right at 28. Widows? I think the Mr Baker, the almoner lived in the hospital? Edited by member, 1st Dec 2018 10:00 am
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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21 of 25  Sat 1st Dec 2018 10:51am  
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Heathite
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22 of 25  Sat 1st Dec 2018 11:04am  
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Thank you Helen. I like to verify things. So the directories help. I feel you have a happy marriage of logic and intuition.
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Heathite
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23 of 25  Sun 2nd Dec 2018 8:31am  
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Hi, I had another look a bit further back in the directories. As you can see, there is no 25 or 26 (why, what happened?). It look like John BAKER was also the church organist at St. John's and he was originally from Birmingham according to the census'. And . . I also agree he was living or staying at the Hospital. So on the 1939 register the house we are probably looking at (no. 27) was occupied by Leslie V DYER, born 1907 and a Fire engine fitter/tester.
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Prof
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24 of 25  Sat 5th Jan 2019 8:16pm  
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A view in the other direction from Neil's post 11 and also 14 prior to bomb damage. Edited by member, 5th Jan 2019 8:19 pm
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Helen F
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25 of 25  Wed 1st May 2019 10:08pm  
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Forum library image Now at first glance this seems to be Broadgate with the cross in the foreground but I seriously think that it's a mirror flip of Greyfriars Lane with the Cross stuck on as a pretend scene. The shadow for the cross is all wrong but the building shadows work for the artist looking south at the buildings. If I'm right, that would then make the building on the left the Bell. One of the odd features is the spikes coming out of the 3 gables on the building like Fords but the decorative feature at the apex of the windows were probably stuck on pegs and when the carved wood was removed (repair), it would have left behind a spike. I have a picture of Fords with just such an odd set of spikes and no carved features. While trying to work out Broadgate I found that the different images of the Cross disagreed with each other. At least three are purely fiction. This image looks credible but doesn't fit with the pictures that I think do represent Broadgate. Of course it might just be fiction based on bits round the city.
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