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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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166 of 190  Sat 9th Jul 2016 8:52am  
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Even during the war there were bright sparks about. Hilda Harris ran the Aldermans Green fish shop, as she placed a fresh scoop of chips into the steaming fat, a bomb fell near by, the ground shook and falling glass was heard, Mrs Noakes said "God, Hilda, what sort of fat are you using?"
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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167 of 190  Sat 9th Jul 2016 11:04am  
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With wartime rationing, Mrs Noakes was coming out the fish shop with a small piece of fish. 'Hello Maisie, that looks a rum piece of fish'. 'You think so, you should have seen the b****r that got away'. 'Anyway this is out of a tin he wants me to try, it's called 'snoek'. 'Oh, I tried that, the cat turned his nose up at it, Alf buried it in the garden and the rhubarb died. You don't think I should try it then? If you do I'd talk to Hackett (undertaker) first!'
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pixrobin
Canley
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168 of 190  Sat 9th Jul 2016 6:29pm  
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In a book I once owned (I had to dispose of over 400 books to 'downsize' in my move back to Coventry) there was a chapter title "Snoek Piquante" by a Susan Cooper. The book was about the austerity in the immediate post-war period. Here's a short extract: "By the summer of 1949, more than a third of the snoek imported since 1947 was still unsold: 3,270,000 half-pound tins, out of a total of 11,110,400 - with 1,209,000 still to come under existing contracts. The Ministry hopefully put out more recipes: snoek sandwich spread, snoek pasties, snoek with salad. Their leaflets were still going the rounds when in August 1949 two thousand more tons of tinned fish, in 8,960,000 half-pound tins, arrived from Australia to be sold at a shilling a tin. They called it barra­cuda, but it still tasted like snoek."
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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169 of 190  Wed 13th Jul 2016 2:04pm  
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Just come across this on another thread:
On 14th Jul 2012 10:51pm, Marina said: . . . re Crow Lane, there is a photo of the old fish and chip shop, which used to make the best fish and chips ever, including battered cod and scallops!!! Smile
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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170 of 190  Wed 21st Sep 2016 9:40pm  
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I know we've mentioned The Parsons Nose on here before but you all must surely remember Maria Big grin
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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171 of 190  Fri 23rd Sep 2016 12:40pm  
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Fantastic photo, Neil. Yes, that's Maria, although everyone usually called her Momma. I have lost count of the number of times that woman fed me at all hours of the night, usually when I was well refreshed. Cheers Anyone who used the Parson's Nose regularly will have been familiar with the shout of "One all-in" which referred to a large, steaming tray of faggots, chips and mushy peas. She would usually ask, with a glint in her eye, "You want a-stuffing?" She was certainly one of Coventry's colourful characters. I would like to see some sort of plaque erected on that little patch of green where the place once stood, recognising the service it gave to hungry revellers for several decades. Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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172 of 190  Sat 24th Sep 2016 9:07am  
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Yes I was in the same queues - normally after a session in Georges/Park Lane :thumb: and escaping the madness up the road in 'battleground Burges.' Apparently Maria sadly passed away seven years ago after battling with dementia.
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Slim
Another Coventry kid
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173 of 190  Sat 24th Sep 2016 11:45am  
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Yes, as a young-man-(on the odd occasion)-about town, it was always the Parson's Nose last thing (ok, the pork batch shop in Earlsdon now and then). In my schooldays, we used to cycle up to Vasilious in Torrington Avenue. My mate from Woodlands said his dad maintained that was the best chippy in Coventry. I never found any cogent evidence to the contrary, in the olden days.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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174 of 190  Wed 9th Nov 2016 9:32pm  
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On 9th Oct 2013 6:58pm, Old Lincolnian said: I remember the chip shop Bodell had (The Knockout?) from working in Tile Hill for a while. The food was always good but I swear his eyes used to start to glaze over whenever the bell went on the microwave Smile
Jack Bodell has died at the age of 76 Sad
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PhilipInCoventry
Holbrooks
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175 of 190  Mon 13th Feb 2017 3:32pm  
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Hi all Wave A sad headline has caught my eye - Icelandic fishing dispute. There is currently plenty of mackerel & tuna, so no panic yet.
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Greg
Coventry
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176 of 190  Mon 13th Feb 2017 9:02pm  
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Shades of the `Cod Wars` (1970`s I think)
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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177 of 190  Mon 13th Mar 2017 3:32pm  
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Chippy devastated by fire Sad
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Tourer
Aldermans Green, Coventry
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178 of 190  Sun 16th Apr 2017 6:23pm  
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Does anyone remember a certain fish 'n chip shop in Hill Street, Coventry before WW2? What was it called? My mother says her uncle, my great uncle, was the manager there. His name was William Rumble, and I'm hoping someone will recall it.

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Heathite
Coventry
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179 of 190  Sun 16th Apr 2017 7:37pm  
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Hi, I certainly don't actually remember the chip shop. But . . here's an image from the Coventry Directory for 1935. Brimfield was also there in 1926 according to the directory for that year.
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Tourer
Aldermans Green, Coventry
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180 of 190  Fri 28th Apr 2017 11:41pm  
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Thanks so much for that. I'll see if my anyone remembers Mr Brimfield's shop.
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