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Kaga simpson
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136 of 181  Sun 15th Jan 2017 11:10am  
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NeilsYard, does the book give you any idea why the photo was taken, the four guys are in Sunday best clothes, so it was taken on a Sunday. This is a first class photo for 1926, no one had a camera like that, except the press, and he seems to have caught the four guys as they came out of the pathway, through the gardens, so where were they going? I'm a little suspicious of the 1926/7 years and Foleshill. I seem to think there was a large grocery warehouse about where the derelict houses are in the thirties, but a little farther back from the road.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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137 of 181  Sun 15th Jan 2017 11:41am  
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Sorry Kaga - it was taken from an image on one of the Coventry FB pages which I had not seen before so not sure which book it was from. Looking at maps I think the photographer could be at the junction with Leicester Row but looking east along the atreet. Edited by member, 15th Jan 2017 11:44 am
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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138 of 181  Sun 15th Jan 2017 11:56am  
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The photo is actually in the "Library pictures" - link - as Leicester Street Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
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139 of 181  Sun 15th Jan 2017 12:06pm  
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Ahh nice one Cliff. I keep forgetting the Library pictures section - must browse more often! Slightly confused again though as that image there states it's at Leicester Street view from Foleshill Rd. end. From what I can see the west end of Leicester Street met with Leicester Row and the east end then became Swanswell Terrace - so Leicester Street did not actually meet up with Foleshill Road?
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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140 of 181  Sun 15th Jan 2017 12:33pm  
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Good point, Neil - where did Leicester Row finish and Foleshill Road start? Was LR actually part of FR somehow? Oh my
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NeilsYard
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141 of 181  Sun 15th Jan 2017 12:50pm  
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My early 1900's OS map seems to indicate Foleshill Road only started at Cashs Lane but I'm sure that can't be right.
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Gas Centre
Perth Scotland
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142 of 181  Sun 15th Jan 2017 1:03pm  
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I would imagine Foleshill Road finished by the canal bridge leading to Drapers Fields. I used to cycle along Leicester Row on my way to work at Gas Steet. I used to use a sign writer who had premises in Leicester Row, his name was Alec Johnson. Looking at the picture you can see the canal warehouses in the background, you can also see Courtaulds chimney.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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143 of 181  Mon 16th Jan 2017 3:38pm  
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NeilsYard, your picture brings forth a greater story of part of Coventry's great history. For Foleshill was one of the largest districts and a way of life. Behind those buildings on the left, many canal boats brought coal daily into Coventry. But in 1926 the coalfield of Foleshill closed, throwing hundreds of people out of work, this had a knock-on effect, a mile and half of railway was made obsolete, this in turn made the Wyken Basin obsolete, the canal business more or less collapsed, the boatyards closed, the canal ticket office at Sutton Stop closed, and so did many at the top of Bishop Street - wharfs, offices, handlers, all made redundant, all those buildings in your picture were affected, and where people knew and were used to the canal people it all started to collapse and a new way of life had to be found. But Coventry was well known for it's trade union people, in fact the greatest unionist of those days came from Grange Road, Foleshill, and the Co-op in Foleshill had the first union, There were many secret meetings, and many people tried to stop them, or took pictures of them to pass on to the police. I cannot remember the tram system but I think it passed behind the photographer then turned left into Foleshill Road, I believe it may have been like that so the boat handlers and the horse drays had room to move.
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Derrickarthur
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144 of 181  Mon 16th Jan 2017 7:55pm  
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This 1906 map shows Leicester Street relative to Leicester Row & Bishop Street. According to the 1841 census my ancestor James Oldham lived in Dog Lane which later became Leicester Street
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Kaga simpson
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145 of 181  Tue 17th Jan 2017 9:07am  
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Derrickarthur, that is brilliant, been looking for that map for a couple of months. Thanks, Kaga
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Tony1
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146 of 181  Tue 17th Jan 2017 4:13pm  
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On 15th Jan 2017 1:03pm, Gas Centre said: I would imagine Foleshill Road finished by the canal bridge leading to Drapers Fields. I used to cycle along Leicester Row on my way to work at Gas Steet. I used to use a sign writer who had premises in Leicester Row, his name was Alec Johnson. Looking at the picture you can see the canal warehouses in the background, you can also see Courtaulds chimney.
The following may help to decide the start or finish of the Foleshill Road. As youngsters to find where my was gran living we were encouraged to keep Drapers Fields "hump bridge" on the left. Continue along the road until the gents toilets were found, cross over the road and look for number 30. Possible the Foleshill Road started or finished around the public toilets area.
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Midland Red
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147 of 181  Tue 17th Jan 2017 4:17pm  
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My grandmother kept a shop and lived at 33 Foleshill Road in the 1930s
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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148 of 181  Thu 19th Jan 2017 10:25am  
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The George Wilson gas meter factory was on Livingstone Road. It was on the opposite side from the swimming baths and took up much of the street. It had a frontage on Foleshill Road too. It was actually split in two by the office where I worked, the Coventry City Council Weights & Measures Department, as Wilson's had the factory on one side and their offices on the other. I believe that the Weights & Measures offices and testing labs were once part of Wilsons too, many years before, but were bought by the council and became a state of the art weighing and measuring facility which housed an amazing array of standards and equipment.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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149 of 181  Thu 19th Jan 2017 10:33am  
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They actually have their own thread here Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
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150 of 181  Sun 22nd Jan 2017 10:15am  
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Midland Red, would that be near the old Roxy?
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