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looloos
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1 of 71  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 71  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 71  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 71  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 71  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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NormK
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6 of 71  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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Mike H
London Ontario, Canada
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7 of 71  Tue 5th Aug 2014 11:28am  
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Coventry in terms of layout has always compared very well to other towns and cities. The more or less blank canvas that the City planners had and the vision of an easy to access traffic free shopping and business area was envied by many. It wasn't copied because no other city had the blank canvas. Recession hit the city hard, but looking at what is happening now, it is less obvious. So there's a few empty premises kicking around. Isn't there always? It's not until you get displaced to similar sized cities elsewhere that you realize how forward thinking and right the Coventry planners were and still are.

I am proud to have been a part of Coventry and that Coventry was part of my life and that of my family. When people ask me what home was like, I always put in a good word for the UK, Coventry et environ,

It is a unique city in many ways, and that should be embraced, not castigated, so there. Smile

PS. I really must stop looking at Google maps of Coventry. Here I am, marooned in Canada, not able to return home unless I win the lottery, and I get homesick, dammit. Sad

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TonyS
Coventry
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8 of 71  Tue 5th Aug 2014 11:45am  
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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9 of 71  Tue 5th Aug 2014 7:39pm  
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AD
Allesley Park
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10 of 71  Tue 5th Aug 2014 10:41pm  
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On 5th Aug 2014 11:28am, Mike H said: Coventry in terms of layout has always compared very well to other towns and cities. The more or less blank canvas that the City planners had and the vision of an easy to access traffic free shopping and business area was envied by many. It wasn't copied because no other city had the blank canvas. Recession hit the city hard, but looking at what is happening now, it is less obvious. So there's a few empty premises kicking around. Isn't there always? It's not until you get displaced to similar sized cities elsewhere that you realize how forward thinking and right the Coventry planners were and still are.
Apart from the fact similar sized cities outperform ours, those that planned to use a similar blueprint quickly canned the ideas and those that started never finished them and have started to undo those bits they did do. In terms of entertainment, shopping the equivalent cities (and many smaller towns) do better than Coventry in terms of both quantity and quality. Obviously the reasons for that are many and varied. Even Coventry itself has constantly changed those things it added practically from the off in a desperate attempt to make it work because it was fundamentally flawed. The ramp blocking the view from the Precinct, the escalator, Ironmonger Row, Friargate altering the ringroad, bridges over it because people don't like the subways. Face it, people copy good things. Almost nobody copied Coventry and those that did have got or are getting rid of them. That says it all. The layout is a complete mess - dead ends, cut off roads, obstructed routes. That's not to say Coventry can't be a fantastic city again - who'd have thought in the 70's and 80's Manchester would be the thriving city it is now? There are pockets of greatness in this city, it's just overwhelmed by a huge amount of dross.
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Davey
Coventry
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11 of 71  Wed 6th Aug 2014 10:36am  
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I once went to New York for a brief trip and felt completely at home because everyone was from somewhere else. I think there's an element of that in Coventry. Many of my friends and neighbours are from Poland, Ireland, Barbados, India, in either this or a previous generation. My mum came from Wales to work in munitions. Coventry welcomes everyone, it seems to me.
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dougie
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12 of 71  Wed 6th Aug 2014 11:10am  
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I possibly more than most on here have spent time walking round your city in the evenings or first thing in the morning before people start work with staying overnight in the city centre, I can honestly say we've never seen any bother and we come down four times a year, we've always felt safe or I wouldn't do it (next visit December) so far Wink
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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13 of 71  Thu 7th Aug 2014 4:00am  
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On 6th Aug 2014 10:36am, Davey said: I once went to New York for a brief trip and felt completely at home because everyone was from somewhere else.
Same here Davey, and that 'somewhere else' I have found is anywhere from the UK, there are millions of us. So thanks to you all for sending all the info and keeping us in touch with Ye Olde City. Thumbs up Wave
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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14 of 71  Wed 13th Aug 2014 8:39am  
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Hi all Wave With the promise of a nearly dry day, the Belgrade café is luring me along for a bacon butty meeting. I was in conversation with one of my elderly Cornwall relatives yesterday. He & his wife live at Gweek, convenient as he owns a boat, but most inconvenient for anything else. He needs a blood test today, which will take him the whole day almost. I had a blood test in May & it took me less than an hour, which included walking to the surgery. My dental appointment yesterday was at 9.15am & by ten I was out & about. I am sorry that you had bother in Kenilworth, Morgana, but if you lived where my cousin lives in Gweek, you would be asking "What bus!". There is a kind of bus service but least said about that, the better. Only he drives, not his wife, so it is now looming that they will become prisoners in their own home, much as my parents did sixty years ago, in Bodmin in Cornwall. They could sell up & move, but what a huge hassle at their time of life. For all of its warts, living in Coventry I am so looking forward to my bacon butty with friends in an hour or so. I am looking forwards to my next breakaway in Yorkshire, but I have always got home to come home to, for all of the things that are much higher priority than a boat on an estuary, now at my time of life. Wave
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dougie
from Wigan
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15 of 71  Sun 21st Dec 2014 12:19pm  
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For all the people that live too far away for a day trip like us (110 miles) I would like to tell you what we do and the cost is next to nothing Wink We book early and stay at the Premier Inn in the city centre for £29 per night in a family room, we eat at Wetherspoons for breakfast. & evening meal Cost about £10 each so total cost was only £147 for four days stay last week Thumbs up
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