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NeilsYard
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451 of 465  Mon 14th Oct 2019 11:06am  
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I add enlarge any images people may need and re-add back on here - just let me know what you want! Hope thats OK Rob. Edited by member, 14th Oct 2019 11:07 am
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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452 of 465  Sat 19th Oct 2019 11:01am  
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Prof, Re your photo on 436, Edward VII. Yes, amazing the Cathedral is full. He was known as Dirty Bertie, he had been kept as a strict child by Victoria, but when he went to France as a teenager he was taken to a bawdy theatre, had an affair with actress, one of over 400. Nell Gwyn, Lillie Langtry were his mistresses - he completely rebelled against his mother’s strict rule. He was related to all the European royalty and great friend to everyone he knew. It was said the WWI would have happened 10 years sooner but he took his cousins etc for a drink and war was averted. I believe he was on tour when it did happen. He spent a lot of our money, not on guns etc but on pleasure - a giant playboy - but the country seemed to love him for it. They too had had enough of Victoria’s strict regime, he turned the country from a strict life to one of gaiety and music halls, theatres, etc. No wonder that the Cathedral was packed.
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Kaga simpson
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453 of 465  Sun 20th Oct 2019 10:00am  
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Prof Photo on 435 Really shows just how much Coventry people really loved the old Cathedral. It had belonged to our parents and grandparents, and way back, we had seen it from birth - it may seem a little silly these days, but we grew up with it, it was part of Coventry and us. It was fairly full most Sundays in those times. The general feeling was that it would be rebuilt, it wasn't till we heard there was a competition for a new design that people got worried - by that time it was too late and religion was taking more of a back seat and there wasn't enough support from the younger people. By then I had changed my views on religion, but would have still have visited the cathedral for the sheer sound of choirs and organ music that had a special sound in that particular building, somehow it seemed to swirl around those pillars and hold a deep affection - but then I was a kid who used to dream.
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Prof
Gloucester
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454 of 465  Mon 25th Nov 2019 1:47am  
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Crypt Chapel of the Cross used post war before New Cathedral
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Prof
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455 of 465  Sat 30th Nov 2019 8:43pm  
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From Rob's collection. Forum library image
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Kaga simpson
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456 of 465  Sun 1st Dec 2019 12:17pm  
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Prof, Another fine shot, but oh how it lacks a date. Before the war there were no railings, and younger trees, so I would place this the fifties or even later? But what a beautiful spot to sit and dream, right in the heart of the city. Thank you.
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Midland Red
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457 of 465  Sun 1st Dec 2019 1:34pm  
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The railings were there even before you were born, Kaga Wink
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Helen F
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458 of 465  Sun 1st Dec 2019 1:45pm  
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That's a new one for me MR Thumbs up Looking in the opposite direction to the Prof's I think?
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459 of 465  Sun 1st Dec 2019 1:57pm  
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Here’s a similar one Thumbs up
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Prof
Gloucester
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460 of 465  Sun 1st Dec 2019 1:58pm  
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That's right Helen. Good Show MR!
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461 of 465  Sun 1st Dec 2019 2:00pm  
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On 1st Dec 2019 12:17pm, Kaga simpson said: Prof, Another fine shot, but oh how it lacks a date. Before the war there were no railings, and younger trees, so I would place this the fifties or even later? But what a beautiful spot to sit and dream, right in the heart of the city. Thank you.
On the “Now & Then” section, Rob shows Prof’s image as a 1907 postcard Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
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462 of 465  Mon 2nd Dec 2019 10:10am  
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Midland Red. Exactly, I knew they were there right back in the thirties, but some were missing, then some disappeared during the blitz, but Prof’s picture didn't show the clothes as your pictures, so could not judge the date, so I said after the fifties because I have no idea of the scene after the fifties.
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Wearethemods
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463 of 465  Mon 2nd Dec 2019 2:11pm  
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With the clarity of the first photo MR, it becomes very atmospheric and kind of brings those boys to life. It intrigues me to know who they were and what became of them. Spellbinding!
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Kaga simpson
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464 of 465  Mon 2nd Dec 2019 2:37pm  
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Wearethemods, The trees in Prof's picture I would think are around ten years older, and they all look too big for the trees in the blitz. Yes, I would say about a few years before WW1.
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Prof
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465 of 465  Wed 4th Dec 2019 9:58pm  
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A rather fine b&w interior Graham Jones
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