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edwardpillar
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76 of 80  Thu 12th Apr 2018 12:15pm  
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I recently purchased a Sydney Hodkinson overcoat from a charity shop. It has the address inside of what I presume was Sydney Hodkinson's shop: 136, Queen Victoria Road, Coventry. I was intrigued, but have been unable to discover anything about Sydney Hodkinson or his shop. As far as I can tell his shop has long since disappeared - possibly in the city plan of 1951? The coat is a heavy black overcoat, tailored, fitted. In excellent condition. And I would love to know more about its provenance, and also about his shop. Thank you anyone who might be able to help.
Edward

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Annewiggy
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77 of 80  Thu 12th Apr 2018 12:56pm  
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Hi Edward. Looking through the newspaper archives. Sidney was born in Allesley in 1887. He seemed to move around quite a lot. He left Queen Victoria Road in 1941 and moved to Suffolk House 10 The Butts. In 1953 he moved to 218 Foleshill Road and in 1956 to 100 Far Gosford Street. I can find no mention of him after that so he must have stayed there. He died in 1974. It must be a very good quality coat!
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edwardpillar
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78 of 80  Thu 12th Apr 2018 10:50pm  
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Wow. Thank you so much for your response. That is really helpful. I'm very pleased to know a little more about Sidney Hodkinson. But - if the label is to be believed, and I suppose there's no reason not to believe it - somewhat surprised that the coat might be over 70 years old! You're right, it is a very good quality coat Thank you again.
Edward

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PhilipInCoventry
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79 of 80  Fri 13th Apr 2018 9:44am  
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Hi edwardpillar Wave So pleased that you are enjoying our forum. It's good on here, hey. Best wishes.
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PeterB
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80 of 80  Fri 13th Apr 2018 8:26pm  
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Sad to report that Kenny Menswear (established 1952) on the Foleshill Road has closed. Looking through the shutters I think it is likely to become a jewellery shop. Last time I was in there 'Kenny' said he was struggling to find somebody to take over the business which he ran mostly singlehandedly and was getting too much for him. Peter.
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