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Astons Garages
Hinckley
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1 of 13  Thu 24th Oct 2013 2:57pm  
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Sam Robbins I remember from Rugby where at one time they seemed to control every retail outlet in the town, furniture, sales rooms, cars etc They were Austin agents in Coventry at the same time as Astons, who I believe may have been sub-dealers as at Astons cars came from Sam Robbins and the factory As I know very little about Sam Robbins I am sure there is someone out there that does, any ex-employees?
David Aston Historian of Astons Garages and Light Cars Coventry

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mickw
nuneaton
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2 of 13  Thu 24th Oct 2013 6:59pm  
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I remember Sam Robbins used to be in Cox Street, as I remember they had an Austin pedal car in the showroom window, it always looked like a real car to me as a kid
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Midland Red
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3 of 13  Sun 27th Oct 2013 11:37am  
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Samuel Bevan Robbins was born in Welton, Northamptonshire in 1867 In the 1901 Census he is shown as a Furniture Dealer of Cambridge Street, Rugby In the 1911 Census he is shown as an Auctioneer at 124 Cambridge Street, Rugby He died in 1933, leaving over £25,000 (more than £1.5m in today's money) 1937 Telephone Directory Austin Main Dealers, 30 Cox Street, Coventry Auctioneers, Removals, 25 Albert Street, Rugby Furnishers, 25 Albert Street, Rugby Jewellers, Regent Street, Rugby Motor Engineers, Dunchurch Motor Engineers, Leicester Road, Nuneaton Motor Engineers, Bilton Road, Rugby Upholsterers, 1 Hunter Street, Rugby 1960 Telephone Directory Austin Main Dealers, 30 Cox Street, Coventry Furnishers, 25 Albert Street, Rugby (registered office address) Upholsterers, Hunter Street, Rugby Cycles and Accessories, Clifton Road, Rugby Motor Engineers, Bilton Road, Rugby Motor Engineers, Dunchurch Motor Engineers, 384 Stoney Stanton Road, Coventry Jewellers, Regent Street, Rugby Motor Engineers, Nuneaton The Depository, Cambridge Street, Rugby Auction Mart, Clifton Road, Rugby Glass and China, Sheep Street, Rugby (no trade shown) 1 Matthews Street, Rugby (no trade shown) 144, Walsgrave Road, Coventry
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mcsporran
Coventry & Cebu
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4 of 13  Sun 27th Oct 2013 1:08pm  
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There's a short bio of Mr Robbins half way down this page.
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mickw
nuneaton
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5 of 13  Sun 27th Oct 2013 1:16pm  
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Hi Midland Red, my wife Is from Dunchurch, she remembers the Sam Robbins garage from her childhood days, also we bought a pram for our first child from Sam Robbins in Rugby, the shop was similar to a Co-op department store, don`t know if it`s still there, didn`t make the connection to Sam Robbins cars till now (it`s only took 32 years) thanks Big grin
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mattash
Rugby
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6 of 13  Sun 27th Oct 2013 1:25pm  
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Still there but now a solicitors, it is called The Robbins Building. When we last used it as a store, they still had a doorman who carried your purchase out of the building to your car. A really old fashioned store but nice.
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mickw
nuneaton
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7 of 13  Sun 27th Oct 2013 1:59pm  
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Hi mattash, when we went in for the pram there was a row of about 20 prams, smallest to the largest coach built at the far end, guess which one we ended up with, I`ll give you a clue, £250.00 worth in 1982 (that's what you get for taking your mother in law shopping with you) Oh my
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RadfordGirl
Coventry
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8 of 13  Fri 29th Nov 2013 6:37pm  
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My dad used to work at Sam Robbins in the 70's in Cox Street Smile
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deanocity3
keresley
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9 of 13  Fri 29th Nov 2013 6:56pm  
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Advert for Sam Robbins on top of the stand
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TonyS
Coventry
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10 of 13  Sat 30th Nov 2013 9:59am  
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sally watson
coventry
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11 of 13  Sat 30th Nov 2013 12:18pm  
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Hi there, my father and my husband both worked at Cox Street as car cleaners, sadly they have both passed now, I know they both had happy memories of their employment there.
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Coventryoldboy
Norwich
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12 of 13  Sat 23rd Apr 2016 8:52pm  
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Hi Sally Just read your comment ref Sam Robbins garage. I lived above the garage as my father was the supervisor for the car repairs. I was about 6/7 years old, that was in 1956/57. Have you got any pics of the garage or more info. Like you both my parents have passed away and it's too late to ask questions Regards Phillip

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NeilsYard
Coventry
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13 of 13  Fri 18th Aug 2017 2:00pm  
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As there are no images here. Saw this one. Whereabouts on Cox Street was it? Is that the ringroad in the distance? If so I'm guessing somewhere opposite the Starley University building?
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