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NeilsYard
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1 of 149  Sun 30th Oct 2011 5:14pm  
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Apologies Rob/Mike as this was listed from within these pages but I'd not seen this image before (especially in colour) of Hertford Street before it was pedestrianised: I've said many times about the war and subsequent town planners when the Ring Road was built but why was Hertford Street altered from this?! All I've ever known is as it is today Sad This was 'only' in 1968 apparently!
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dutchman
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2 of 149  Sun 30th Oct 2011 5:41pm  
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That's a flattering view of the street. The parts out-of-view were very badly damaged in the war and the council decided to sweep away the whole lot and start again. The only major building left intact was the "Westminster Bank" (top left) which had just merged with the "National Provincial" (top right) to form the Nat-West and so was no longer needed. Incidentally, according to local author Roger Bailey, the closure of Hertford Street to through traffic alone added 50,000 route-miles per year to Coventry Transport's running costs! I thought it ridiculous myself that our school bus had to be rerouted via New Union Street, Little Park Street, and High Street in order to reach Broadgate.
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dougie
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3 of 149  Mon 31st Oct 2011 11:52am  
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Is this it looking the other way, as the front of the bank still looks the same to me and you can see the side pillars on your photo as you look up to Broadgate
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NeilsYard
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4 of 149  Mon 31st Oct 2011 1:07pm  
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Would have been dougie yes although don't think your photo is in the 60's! Smile The one I posted was from Mike Tyzacks page here
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dutchman
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5 of 149  Mon 31st Oct 2011 1:09pm  
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On 31st Oct 2011 11:52am, dougie said: Is this it looking the other way, as the front of the bank still looks the same to me and you can see the side pillars on your photo as you look up to Broadgate
Yes and of course the building of the extension between the bank and Broadgate House totally destroyed that particular vista.
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Greg
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6 of 149  Mon 31st Oct 2011 10:55pm  
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With apologies for the quality, here is a picture I took in the 50`s
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Greg
Coventry
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7 of 149  Mon 31st Oct 2011 10:59pm  
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Here is another one also rescued from an old negative and `Photoshopped`
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heritage
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8 of 149  Tue 1st Nov 2011 8:01am  
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InnisRoad
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9 of 149  Tue 1st Nov 2011 8:16am  
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The picture must have been taken very early on a Sunday morning (or possibly on Christmas Day morning) when there was no traffic about. Generally Hertford Street was teaming with traffic with many buses. Actually, on a second look, it's late in the evening.
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10 of 149  Tue 1st Nov 2011 9:14am  
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From a similar position to the OPs image, the view in 2010
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dutchman
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11 of 149  Tue 1st Nov 2011 2:05pm  
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A not so flattering view of the west side: Edited by member, 19th Sep 2016 12:07 am
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dutchman
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12 of 149  Tue 1st Nov 2011 2:14pm  
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And the same view on November 15th 1940: Edited by member, 19th Sep 2016 12:06 am
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Rob Orland
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13 of 149  Tue 1st Nov 2011 6:55pm  
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On 1st Nov 2011 8:16am, InnisRoad said: The picture must have been taken very early on a Sunday morning (or possibly on Christmas Day morning) when there was no traffic about. Actually, on a second look, it's late in the evening.
Actually (you knew this was coming, didn't you!), if you notice the shadow of the lamppost in the foreground going straight up the street, that makes it 2:30pm or 3:30pm depending on whether it's GMT or BST! OK, call me Inspector Clouseau, or just a pedantic git if you like! (but I prefer Clouseau!!!) Wink
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MisterD-Di
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14 of 149  Tue 1st Nov 2011 7:37pm  
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I went to school at Cheshunt School in Manor Road, then King Henry VIII Juniors. When I was small and my mother collected me from school, we would walk into town to get the bus if the weather was nice. As a treat we would sometimes call in at the Geisha Cafe at the bottom of Hertford Street, opposite Green's Chemists. I recall having milkshakes in those tall glasses, or sometimes a knickerbocker glory. It all seemed very posh then with waitresses in uniforms.
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Dreamtime
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15 of 149  Wed 2nd Nov 2011 2:12am  
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On 1st Nov 2011 6:55pm, Rob Orland said: OK, call me Inspector Clouseau, or just a pedantic git if you like! (but I prefer Clouseau!!!) Wink
"Mon Dieu, Clouseau" where did you get your magnifying glass from? Oh my
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