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Annewiggy
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466 of 475  Fri 24th Mar 2017 8:40am  
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Thanks Helen, a 1939 Cathedral Lanes then. I am surprised they had built modern for the time Owen Owen's and Trinity Street and then came up with a copy Tudor design like that. I wonder if there were so many discussions then as there are now about Cathedral Lanes.
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Kaga simpson
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467 of 475  Fri 24th Mar 2017 9:03am  
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Helen. I sure hope they had it insured with someone?
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Helen F
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468 of 475  Fri 24th Mar 2017 9:48am  
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Ann, looking at the aerial shot, there was a clear intention to frame Holy Trinity with something Tudorish but modern. In many ways I can understand getting rid of the genuine stuff. It would have been rotting and cramped. Techniques for sympathetic restoration were unknown at the time... they were unknown until recently. I bet many were upset at the whole plan to demolish genuine historic buildings for soulless modern monstrosities Wink but others who embraced clean forward thinking lines. Coventry had been locked in time since the medieval era by poverty and land rights so the new prosperity boom from 1850 onwards must have been a relief for most. It changed a city from one that locked most homes within the walls to one with extensive suburbs and a mix of business, retail and housing in the centre. The business made the city a target but it also meant that a lot of people were living further out and safer. Kaga, I hope so too. It must have been devastating for so much new building work to be wiped out so soon after completion. For us the demolition of the old is more painful but at the time the new builds would have been a sign that things were on the up.
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Annewiggy
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469 of 475  Fri 24th Mar 2017 11:35am  
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Helen, do you know if the building was ever completed. The 1939 Britain from above shows it under construction in May 1939 but I cannot find any pictures of it and of course the post bombing pictures don't show it at all ? I agree about having to knock a lot of the old buildings down. We have a very romantic view looking back at old pictures, like Butcher Row but we can't imagine the conditions behind the facade they must have been pretty horrendous, with meat etc. just lying out on displays. It must have been a terrible health hazard. They must have been very damp as well. My grandfather lost his first wife and 3 children between 1901 and 1905, all with chest related illnesses. I was just commenting on architectural styles, thinking nothing changes, as we have seen on this site debates can get very heated about styles as we all have different opinions as to what we like. I don't have a very strong opinion but I do know I was not very keen on the concrete of the 60's.
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Helen F
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470 of 475  Fri 24th Mar 2017 11:59am  
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They did complete it but I think that there's only one photo of it I've seen intact. Your artists impression is far superior. The library picture shows Broadgate looking south, with the new building on the very left and the ugly Boots conversion on the right. I'd not even registered that there was a separate block of mock Tudor, although when you posted your picture I knew I'd seen it before. I'm useless at remembering anything I've seen unless it is the earliest version available. Re damp. One the of disasters of modern building was the cladding of old timber buildings in brick and worse, concrete. Instead of preserving them, they hastened their demise because they stopped the buildings breathing. Water was trapped against the old timbers and they rotted in decades, where they had survived for centuries when exposed to the elements. Edited by member, 24th Mar 2017 12:04 pm
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Annewiggy
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471 of 475  Fri 24th Mar 2017 1:01pm  
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Is this the one you mean Helen, 4th picture along, it says 1937 but must be post 1939
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Helen F
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472 of 475  Fri 24th Mar 2017 1:14pm  
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Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
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473 of 475  Sat 25th Mar 2017 8:05am  
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Helen, you're so right, My grandfather lost two sons and two daughters to TB, it was absolutely rife, early twentieth century, my family were riddled with it, including me, but everyone put it down to milk in those days. I like your version of damp better. I posted on Butcher Row somewhere about the smells and pollution of the area. Some shops smelled real rancid, but great sides of meat were out in the open, some were covered slightly with a thin layer of muslin but it never covered the whole carcass. Few shopkeepers washed their hands between handling things, pat their brylcreemed hair, then handle cheese etc. ''Ugh''
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Helen F
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474 of 475  Sat 25th Mar 2017 10:10am  
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Midland Red

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475 of 475  Fri 7th Apr 2017 1:08pm  
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Just come across this view - not sure of a date (possibly 1970?) Rather nice, isn't it! Smile
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