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Rob Orland
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1366 of 1375  Mon 23rd Mar 2020 4:33pm  
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Hi Kaga, Neil's photo in post 1333 shows it well. You can see that the pub stands in a line when looking back from the cathedral, but is angled, along with Smithford Street, to "aim" through the corner of Broadgate to join with High Street. Remember, the Precinct was built purposely to be aligned with the cathedral spire, meaning it had to cut across Smithford Street at quite an angle. If it helps, here's is a 1941 photo looking from the cathedral spire along the line later taken by the Precinct - and Smithford Street and the White Lion cut across the view as one would expect. The pub was most certainly not rebuilt or moved.
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NeilsYard
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1367 of 1375  Mon 23rd Mar 2020 4:42pm  
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Can't recall where I got this one from so apols and credit if it was someone on here but this shows very nicely the line of Smithford Street with High Street -
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Helen F
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1368 of 1375  Mon 23rd Mar 2020 4:50pm  
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It's a shame they've covered up the bricks, I thought there was a hint of wheel rut. That they've filled the edges suggests that they might not be going to lift the mosaic.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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1369 of 1375  Mon 23rd Mar 2020 5:37pm  
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Neil, Brill, I can see it now. The White Lion was central of your top picture. Now, if you see it central of the lower picture and way behind Broadgate House then the way the blocks run to the left, opening of the Precinct, then it does come in line. The Leofric block runs way to the left. Neil, if you can imagine the old High Street, a car was where that one is by the bank pillars, young woman driving with a one year old baby on the passenger seat. A car shot from Broadgate to go down Hertford Street. She pulled up sharp, and the baby shot under the dashboard, and she screamed and went to pieces. I opened the car door, snatched the baby in my arms, sat in the passenger seat with baby, said, "It's OK, drive on". Car horns blaring on all sides and from behind, baby crying, she managed to drive round the island. I said, "Drive home". We did. I held it on my lap until she got home. Quite an experience.
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Kaga simpson
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1370 of 1375  Tue 24th Mar 2020 11:00am  
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Rob Yes thank you, but I believe the blitz covered the mosaic, and they didn't know or bother with it knowing sooner or later it (Lion) would be removed altogether. I didn't use it till around 1950 I believe, and at that time we used the rear entrance as they were working on the Precinct. Whatever, a lot of my friends started off in the Lion, ended up in my place. You don't wish to know that, but the Lion was a most friendly place to me.
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Kaga simpson
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1371 of 1375  Tue 24th Mar 2020 12:00pm  
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When Charles Griffith, an eccentric but clever lawyer, contested the city in the year 1866, he issued an address on June 2nd and made the White Lion his headquarters, and a few days later made a speech from the front window, of which the sashes were taken out. But as the head of the lion, which was over the front door, was in the way, the mob cried out, "Get across the Lion, Griffin and let's look at yer”, when he chanced to spy the postmistress next door, looking on and smiling upon him from a window two storeys higher than the window that he was standing on, whereupon he raised his hat to the lady, to the great amusement of the crowd. It is said that Griffin’s supporters, but three or four voters only, to say they were a larger party the formed committees, one in the bar, one in the smoke room, one in the coffee room, and by this means, it was kept in the dark of their movements.
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Kaga simpson
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1372 of 1375  Wed 25th Mar 2020 9:24am  
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Rob, Neil, The photo on 1366 was pretty well how I left the city in Feb. 1945. When I came home it was like the lower picture of 1367, and no one bothered until the forum. Now on this forum somewhere are two photos like 1333, but on one the white facia is across the front door of the lion, and that fence goes up to the bridge. On the other, the fence goes down from the lion and a bunch of Japanese gentlemen walking down beside it.
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Rob Orland
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1373 of 1375  Wed 25th Mar 2020 10:34am  
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Hi Kaga, The two photos you mention - are they the ones here in post 1332 (2nd photo) and post 1333 below it ?
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Midland Red
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1374 of 1375  Wed 25th Mar 2020 11:52am  
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Copied here for reference Nancy Upshall (b.1927) 'Smithford Street, Coventry, 1953'.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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1375 of 1375  Wed 25th Mar 2020 12:06pm  
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No Rob, about three years ago, I think about the time Midland Red answered me that Woolies opened in 55. I’ve tried to find them but no luck, but they were definitely on here. Do you remember, MR?
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