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Rob Orland
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1 of 475  Tue 8th Jun 2010 8:31pm  
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Taken by our friend Brian (bkrowstron) in 1980, this lovely view of Broadgate must bring back nostalgic memories for many of us. Certainly my first memory of "town" was here - specifically having a cup of tea and a chocolate cup cake in Lyon's tea shop in the temporary buildings there - probably late 1960s when I was about 4. Those shops were no longer there when this picture was taken (they went in 1974), but it was still a nice place to be, and I just had to share Brian's photo with everyone in the hope that it would provoke some more memories. Broadgate
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Tricia
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2 of 475  Sat 25th Jun 2011 3:11pm  
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Can anyone remember the temporary shops in Broadgate. I remember Lyons Cafe and a shop that I think was called Spalls, it sold jewellery and ornaments. I would be interested to know the names of the other shops.
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dutchman
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3 of 475  Sat 25th Jun 2011 3:33pm  
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It may depend on the year? In the late 1960's there was a travel agents, I think, in that odd narrow space next to Martins Bank. An open front news kiosk. A butcher's shop close to the No15 bus stop with a display of innards which made me physically sick every morning while waiting for the school bus. Don't know when this photo was taken? Left to right I think it's Willsons, Richard (Brightwater?), Weaver to Wearer, Scholl? City planning records are no help at all, often contradicting the photographic evidence.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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4 of 475  Sun 26th Jun 2011 8:32am  
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I am sure Elizabeth's cake shop was in Broadgate. I remember my mother ordering trifles for my birthday from there.
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DBC
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5 of 475  Sun 26th Jun 2011 7:12pm  
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I seem to remember Currys used to be in one of those shops in the 1950's. This was when they still sold bicycles alongside the radios and televisions.
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6 of 475  Mon 27th Jun 2011 5:36pm  
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Devlin's was the newspaper "shop" at the Martins Bank end, next to Lyons
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Mike H
London Ontario, Canada
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7 of 475  Mon 27th Jun 2011 8:30pm  
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Dreamtime said: I am sure Elizabeth's cake shop was in Broadgate. I remember my mother ordering trifles for my birthday from there
I have recollections of having to walk along that row of stores when young. My mother had three favourite stores in Coventry.. Selrights (under the archway to Hertford Street), Thornton's (candy store) and Elizabeth's. Thornton's was never in the temp stores, so it must have been Elizabeths.. lol. Her day was made better when Elizabeths moved to Corporation Street, almost next door to Thorntons.
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PhilipInCoventry
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8 of 475  Sat 2nd Jul 2011 1:51pm  
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I do remember the aroma of the coffee, coming from Lyons cafe, as I waited for either the No 16, Green Lane or 17 Baginton bus, at 8.20am each school morning, which ever came first. Also, inside the cafe, they sold ice creams that were in cylinder shaped rolls.
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Wighter
Isle of Wight
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9 of 475  Sun 3rd Jul 2011 12:41am  
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I remember getting the No 15 bus to Green Lane to take me to Ullathorne and the bus stop in Broadgate was right outside the Gay Gannet cafe. Anyone else remember it?
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dutchman
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10 of 475  Sun 3rd Jul 2011 1:17am  
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Afraid not Wighter and I used the same No 15 bus stop. Which year would this be?
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Wighter
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11 of 475  Sun 3rd Jul 2011 1:22am  
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1964 - 1968
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dutchman
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12 of 475  Sun 3rd Jul 2011 1:29am  
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Extraordinary Wighter, I used it from 1965 - 1968 and have no memory of it! (Doesn't mean it wasn't there though)
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InnisRoad
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13 of 475  Thu 7th Jul 2011 12:17pm  
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The photo must have been in 1949 or earlier, because there is a pre-way single decker. They were all withdrawn in 1949 when the new CDV6 model replaced them. Also, there are no bus shelters. I think the bus shelters were built in about 1950. From the shadows and the road surface, it looks as though Broadgate island had not been built.
Regards Innis Road

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dutchman
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14 of 475  Thu 7th Jul 2011 1:58pm  
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Well spotted! Thumbs up
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Hessle
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15 of 475  Thu 7th Jul 2011 2:30pm  
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Sorry - the bus model should be CVD6 NOT CDV6!
Regards Innis Road

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