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looloos
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1 of 90  Fri 19th Aug 2011 11:30am  
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My dad worked at Jones toolmakers near Pool Meadow for many years and very often worked on Saturdays. He would bring my mum, sister and I from Rugby where we lived, by car and drop us off by Pool Meadow and we would make our way to Owen Owen for breakfast. They had a basement restaurant and did wonderful sausage and bacon rolls. I loved Owen Owen and it started my love affair with department stores. Mum would go shopping in one store and leave us in the Coventry Pram Company? It was opposite M and S, they sold "Fairie Glen" dolls and clothes for the dolls, a cheaper version of "Sindy" and "Barbie". We would spend our pocket money on outfits for the dolls. I remember eating at the round Wimpy bar in the bottom precinct, in fact there were Wimpy bars everywhere in Cov and having clothes bought for me at C and A , the indoor market and having rides on the roundabout. I went to see shows and films at the Apollo and loved the theatre building. Later on in my teens I visited Cov frequently on my own, by bus or train from Rugby. I remember Chelsea Girl and the old BHS that sold food, Woolies cafe and Saturday nights with friends going to the Locarno. I loved the revolving stage and to me those nights were magical. Coventry to me is an old friend and I always feel comfortable visiting the city. Big grin
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dutchman
Spon End
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2 of 90  Fri 19th Aug 2011 12:05pm  
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On 19th Aug 2011 11:30am, looloos said: Mum would go shopping in one store and leave us in the Coventry Pram Company? It was opposite M and S, they sold "Fairie Glen" dolls and clothes for the dolls , a cheaper version of "Sindy" and "Barbie".
Hello Looloos Wave That would be "City Pram Co.". They were located some distance away in the Lower Precinct but they did have a display kiosk opposite M&S. Despite the name they sold a lot of boys' toys as well such as Scalextric and Action Man. Wonder what happened to them?
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TonyS
Coventry
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3 of 90  Fri 19th Aug 2011 12:57pm  
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Wasn't the City Pram shop down just past what is now "The Entertainer" kids toy shop? (down the Lower Precinct slope on the left) And is the "display case" still there - up until the Christmas before last, I think the same display case was used for a Nativity scene?
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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4 of 90  Fri 19th Aug 2011 3:35pm  
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Hello Looloos. Wave Coventry has never been quite the same since we lost our Wimpy bars with their circular sausage which I think was called a 'bender-brunch', or bender something. I believe that the City Pram shop went into liquidation, and the business was acquired by a cycle shop trader near to the General Wolfe in Foleshill, but that did not last long after that either. I am not 100% sure of that, but that is what I was told by the shop owner in Foleshill. We do hope that you enjoy it on here, Looloos. Wave
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dougie
from Wigan
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5 of 90  Wed 21st Dec 2011 9:33pm  
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I've just got back from a few days staying in the Travelodge the old Leofric Thumbs up these three photos are from the bedroom window
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dougie
from Wigan
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6 of 90  Thu 31st Jul 2014 7:47pm  
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A few photo's taken this week from the balcony I think it's a credit to your city, so is Broadgate and in front of the Council House Thumbs up
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pixrobin
Canley
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7 of 90  Thu 31st Jul 2014 8:32pm  
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Thank you dougie. The way some people talk I was expecting a totally empty space.
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morgana
the secret garden
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8 of 90  Thu 31st Jul 2014 8:35pm  
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Pretty isn't it Dougie with the patterned paving then the flower arrangements shame they couldn't do similar in Broadgate take AD designs on his gallery photos I love his Phoenix design. Edited by member, 31st Jul 2014 9:01 pm
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Gilly
Melbourne Australia
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9 of 90  Fri 1st Aug 2014 12:21am  
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Mike H
London Ontario, Canada
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10 of 90  Fri 1st Aug 2014 1:19am  
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I don't think that I have ever seen it looking that good, not even at Christmas time..
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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11 of 90  Fri 1st Aug 2014 3:29am  
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zigzag
cornwall
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12 of 90  Fri 1st Aug 2014 8:12am  
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Thanks for the photo's, I don't get back to Coventry very often, they made me feel a little homesick.
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dougie
from Wigan
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13 of 90  Tue 5th Aug 2014 10:09am  
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As some on here know I love walking round your city and seeing the changes that's taking place it's obvious I can't upload them all so feel free to delete any or all my photos, these photos are part of my walk to the Railway Station then back over the bridge that takes you back to the Council House and town This will be a lovely walk to the station You can see the new bridge over the ring road that's been in place over a year now
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NormK
bulkington
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14 of 90  Tue 5th Aug 2014 10:24am  
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My favourite way of remembering old Coventry is going back to Leicester Causeway to the house that I was born in, park outside and let my mind drift back to the days when I was a kid. There were two shops that are not there now, one was Coopers wet fish shop and on the other side of the road there was Mrs Lees she sold general provisions, mum would send me with the ration book to get stuff. Then there was the time I hung on to the back of a coal lorry parked at the top by the bridge, I did not think he was going to go that fast and I let go right outside our house, I remember rolling over and over, I didn't break any bones but lost a lot of skin from various parts of me.The coalman had no idea this had happened and turned right into George Eliot Road, if I had hung on a couple more seconds he would have been going slow enough for me to let go without hurting myself. There was great excitement when the breadman came down, we would run up to stroke the horse, mum always said "don't go round the back of the horse". And there were some ladies who would scrub the doorstep every day can you imagine anyone doing that nowadays? We knew where all the apple trees were, and we did a lot of scrumping, one day I had my jumper tucked into my trousers and full of apples when a Policeman on a bike stopped me and escorted me to his police box on the Foleshill Road inside he had a desk with a lift up lid and told me to put all the apples in it, he clipped my ear and said "if I catch you again I will take you to the station". I bet he enjoyed a few apple pies out of them. We was caught actually up a tree in George Eliot Road, the owner said "come down here" we wouldn't at first because we were frightened of what he would do, after a while we came down he took us in his house and took our photograph and said "I know what you look like now so don't come back again, so we gave that one a wide birth. Yes we had some bad times but mostly they were good. Do I like our city? of course I do. Thumbs up Edited by member, 5th Aug 2014 7:28 pm
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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15 of 90  Tue 5th Aug 2014 10:28am  
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Thank you again Dougie, the city is looking good to me Wave
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