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Midland Red
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16 of 27  Mon 9th Mar 2015 4:28pm  
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On 9th Mar 2015 2:35pm, Norman Conquest said: When I was serving my apprenticeship I was occasionally given the bus fare to go to an ironmongers near the General Wolfe pub. This was to buy items like glass paper and items used by my employer H L Bates builder of Arbury Ave'. We were paid 1/- (One shilling) a week tool allowance that I spent with this ironmonger. I think the name was Forey's but it was so long ago I am not totally sure. Why ironmongers? They sold lots of things but never iron.
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17 of 27  Mon 9th Mar 2015 5:59pm  
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gas centre, about six times to the Rivoli cinema at the tuppeny rush. lol Kaga.
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Kaga simpson
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18 of 27  Mon 9th Mar 2015 6:08pm  
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There was a Lawrence shop in Ford Street sold tools etc, I seem to recall.
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Rob Orland
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19 of 27  Mon 9th Mar 2015 7:13pm  
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On 9th Mar 2015 2:35pm, Norman Conquest said: ....ironmongers near the General Wolfe pub...... Forey's
I'm pretty sure I also recall a branch of Forey's near to The Forum (not this one!) in Walsgrave Road opposite Stoke Park School. I was still only a kid when it closed though - possibly early or mid 1970s?
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20 of 27  Mon 9th Mar 2015 7:33pm  
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They did sell things made of iron like nails and gardening implements, galvanised iron buckets, possibly corrugated iron roofing sheets. Anything made of steel is mainly iron so it reasonable to use "iron" as a blanket term to include wrought iron, cast iron and steel products.
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Midland Red
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21 of 27  Mon 9th Mar 2015 7:36pm  
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1975 Telephone Directory shows Forey's at 529 Foleshill Road, 62 Woodway Lane and 304 Walsgrave Road Thumbs up
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Norman Conquest
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22 of 27  Tue 10th Mar 2015 10:18am  
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Gas centre. The tool allowance was not to buy tools but to maintain the tools given at the start of the apprenticeship. Harold (the H in HL Bates) kitted me out very well, four saws each for a different use, a block plane, a smoothing plane and an assortment of chisels. I did have to buy some other items and most were expensive. I had to buy only the best and a simple item like a folding rule made by Rabone cost about 10 bob. I enjoyed my time with Bates, after ten weeks in the workshop I was sent out with an elderly chippy, Walter Coplin of Longford who smoked a clay pipe. We worked in Tintersfield Hall in Rugby that was once the home of Rootes the car manufacturer, also Moreton Hall that became an agricultural college. Happy days but mostly wasted I'm afraid because once out of my apprenticeship I put away my tools and took up other employment.
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Norman Conquest
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23 of 27  Tue 10th Mar 2015 10:25am  
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Midland Red. By the look of the parked cars your photograph looks quite recent but I thought they closed long ago. Perhaps the sign on the wall is still there, I don't get out that way much these days.
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24 of 27  Tue 10th Mar 2015 3:55pm  
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The caption says 2010, Norman, and it was taken as a "ghost ad" image and not for any other reason Thumbs up
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Norman Conquest
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25 of 27  Tue 10th Mar 2015 4:07pm  
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Rob Orland
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26 of 27  Tue 10th Mar 2015 7:42pm  
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On 9th Mar 2015 7:36pm, Midland Red said: 1975 Telephone Directory shows Forey's at 529 Foleshill Road, 62 Woodway Lane and 304 Walsgrave Road Thumbs up
Ah, thanks Cliff - I guess that Walsgrave Road branch wouldn't have been there much longer after that. That whole row of shops used to be referred to by locals as "Isherwood's shops" due to the most prominent of them by that name, a grocer's who made their own fantastic sausages and faggots - my word I miss those! "Food" for another topic maybe?
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27 of 27  Tue 10th Mar 2015 9:51pm  
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Spices by the Shepherd pub, Keresley Rd, also there was one on Wallace Rd, think it was called Brown. I know the owner's name was Mr Brown, it then became a car accessory shop.
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