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DeanSpencer
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1 of 24  Thu 12th Sep 2013 3:45pm  
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Just wondering if anyone knows when exactly the Jardine Crescent shops were built and the identity of some of the early businesses. I know there was a Co-op as I remember going there with my Mum and getting a little ticket once you had given your "divi" number.
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dutchman
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2 of 24  Thu 12th Sep 2013 4:30pm  
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1953 and it was originally called Humphrey Wanley Crescent! City Planning Application Aubrey Allen butchers and St George's dry cleaners were among the first occupants.
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Annewiggy
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3 of 24  Thu 12th Sep 2013 4:39pm  
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Hi Dean, it was built in the early 1950's. We had lodgers when I was little who moved out to a maisonette in Berners Close in about 1953 which had just been built and I think Jardine Crescent was built around the same time. It was named after the site foreman, Dan Jardine who was a big but shy Scot according to "Twentieth Century Coventry" by Kenneth Richardson. He was a man who rarely spoke but he was capable of getting that extra ounce of effort from the men who worked under him. He could always be depended upon when the situation was really desperate to somehow have one or two houses ready before time. The affection in which he was held by the people whose houses he built and the Council for whom he built them resulted in the crescent being named after him.
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Doddman
Toronto, Canada
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4 of 24  Mon 16th Sep 2013 7:56pm  
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From my wife: JARDINE CRESCENT: Jardine Crescent was called after my great Uncle Danny Jardine. He was the Scottish site agent who was in charge of the construction of the Tile Hill Housing Estate. My grandad (Hugh Easton) was also involved working alongside Uncle Danny. While I am not from Tile Hill myself (now reside in Canada). I spent many a good time at my grand parents in Aldrich Avenue. I do remember my grandparents and parents speaking about what transpired at Tile Hill and how Uncle Danny was loved by all and given the honour of having a street called after him. In the days of Tile Hill being constructed numerous men came over from Ireland to work and rebuild Coventry. The job was hard and long hours and Uncle Danny while being a task master treated everybody with the utmost fairness and respect and as such the guys would do anything for him. Uncle Danny knew that the wife and families were back in Ireland depending on the men's wages so he set it up that a portion of their wages was sent back to Ireland every payday to feed and take care of their families. A lot of the Irishmen were Catholic and Uncle Danny was a Protestant but when he died they paid for a shrine to be erected at the local Catholic Church in Tile Hill in Danny's name with the words : "TO OUR BELOVED PROTESTANT". I can remember visiting the shrine as a child and I believe that it was at Our Lady of Assumption Church but not sure. I wish I had a picture of it etc. Do you have any knowledge of this shrine? if it still exists. My mum remembers vaguely many years ago about being in the paper about moving it? Wondered if anyone could shine some light on this situation?
Nick D in Canada

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pallmall
Kent
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5 of 24  Tue 17th Sep 2013 1:48pm  
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I lived for a year in Jobs Lane and I remember Aubrey Allen the butchers, Gauntlett the grocer/delicatessen and a bakers whom, I think, were Wimbush and have a vague memory of a Lipton's. There were many other shops whose names I cannot remember including a fish shop, greengrocers, newsagent, wool shop, hardware shop/Post Office and a shop that sold records
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Midland Red
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6 of 24  Thu 19th Sep 2013 7:04pm  
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. . . . and at the Jobs Lane end of Jardine Crescent, the New Star public house (photo here), the first licensee of which was George Mason, Coventry City's famous centre-half Thumbs up
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Bertiewoost
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7 of 24  Thu 19th Sep 2013 8:46pm  
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On 17th Sep 2013 1:48pm, pallmall said: I lived for a year in Jobs Lane and I remember Aubrey Allen the butchers, Gauntlett the grocer/delicatessen and a bakers whom, I think, were Wimbush and have a vague memory of a Lipton's. There were many other shops whose names I cannot remember including a fish shop, greengrocers, newsagent, wool shop, hardware shop/Post Office and a shop that sold records
I remember the shops facing the bus terminus being St Georges Dry Cleaners, a Barbers Shop and a Ladies Hairdressers, Where Popeye's the chip shop is now, was all owned by the Co-op, from left to right I think, was the Co-op butchers, the grocery store, greengrocers the drapery store, and round the corner in the square a Co-op chemist, not sure of the next two shops then Gauntlets, the Launderette, Lloyds Bank, Frank Mills Clifton (electrical shop), a shoe shop then a greengrocers on the corner opposite the woods, NSS Newsagents, Lipton's, Aubrey Allen's, Sunblest the Bakers then the hardware shop and post office. On the side facing the health centre, there was "Wine Sellers" the off license, not sure what the shop next to that one was, then a chemist shop, the wool shop on the corner (could be the Co-op drapery store, and the wool shop next to the Co-op greengrocers) The original fish & chip shop was where the Indian take away is now. Thumbs up
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pallmall
Kent
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8 of 24  Fri 20th Sep 2013 12:49am  
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Bertiewoost, that has refreshed my memory, thanks. The shop next to the off licence was the bakers I was thinking of (Wimbush possibly), I had forgotten about the other one because my mother never used it. I am fairly sure the (wet) fish shop became the Co-op butchers and Frank Mills Clifton was the shop that sold the records along with TVs and radios. I think there was another electrical shop, that dealt more in appliances, next to the Co-op chemist and next to that, possibly, a shop that sold prams and baby stuff. I had completely forgotten about the dry cleaners and the barbers - "Smokey Joe" we called him because he always had a cigarette dangling from his mouth while administering the ubiquitous short back and sides. It has been many years since I was back there, but looking on Google, the shops, though changed, still seem to be thriving and the Post Office is in the same place.
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dutchman
Spon End
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9 of 24  Fri 20th Sep 2013 1:11am  
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That's probably no coincidence. Every £10 spent in a post office generates another £16 in the local economy. Where post offices have closed in Coventry it has had a devastating effect on nearby shops. Sad
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pallmall
Kent
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10 of 24  Fri 20th Sep 2013 2:25pm  
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Sadly, post offices closing has this effect everywhere. Where I now live in rural Kent, the closure of the village post office has meant that many of the general stores, in which they were located, have also closed. Fortunately, our local store has kept going, but I know people who have to drive 10 miles for a Sunday newspaper through villages that have been left with nothing.
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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11 of 24  Fri 20th Sep 2013 2:40pm  
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Hi Pallmall, it looks as if nothing is there for the convenience of the public any more, especially for those who no longer drive. Roll eyes Sad Wave
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Tom
Perth Australia
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12 of 24  Wed 13th Nov 2013 12:11am  
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Anybody remember Mr Toogood? He had an old bus and delivered groceries around Tile Hill in the 1950's. He used to blow his horn and we would run out and see what he had on board before being shooed off the bus by our mums who wanted to shop with him. Some years later he had a mobile chip bus, ah the smell on a winters night!! When he dropped the chips into the hot fat the steam that came up filled the whole bus, you couldn't see 6 inches in front of you. I lived in Dunhill Ave, I remember the Ponderosa when it was all ponds and fields with Patsy the Shetland pony up the top near Broad Lane and the little farm on the corner of Jardine with his pigs. We used to go down Eastern Green Lane to the brook and get plums and pears from an old orchard by the brook that nobody seemed to own. The baker that came round Tile Hill had a big wicker basket,lovely bread. Our milkman for many years was the same bloke, curly headed fella rain, sun or snow he always turned up. Anybody in Tile Hill North remember Les the rent man? Nice guy imagine going around today with a big bag of money in Tile Hill!!!!! I live in sunny Australia now, come back now and again Back in Nov 2013 for a few weeks, love to meet with anyone from the old days Tom
Tom Daly

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triumph
Coventry
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13 of 24  Sun 27th Apr 2014 9:21am  
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Hi this is my first post on here. Does anyone know of A house that existed where Grendon Close is now. I have done some research into it and found out that it was called Hughendon and that it was either an Hotel or A home for pregnant women who were not married. Does anyone know anything else?
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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14 of 24  Sun 27th Apr 2014 11:08am  
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Hi Triumph All I can find out at the moment is that in 1911 it was lived in by Graham Ingleby Francis and his family who is the Francis in the Lea-Francis partnership.
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deanocity3
keresley
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15 of 24  Sun 27th Apr 2014 11:50am  
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On 19th Sep 2013 7:04pm, Midland Red said: . . . . and at the Jobs Lane end of Jardine Crescent, the New Star public house (photo here), the first licensee of which was George Mason, Coventry City's famous centre-half
Here is George Mason in the pub
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