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Chaingang
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1 of 14  Thu 17th Nov 2011 12:10am  
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I have been interested in the discussions regarding the shops and locations in the Coventry of a few years ago. I would like to submit two photographs of mine from 1971 and see how many others find them as nostalgic as I do.
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roseaoakwood
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2 of 14  Thu 17th Nov 2011 1:35am  
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Where was the top photograph taken?
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dutchman
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3 of 14  Thu 17th Nov 2011 1:49am  
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They are very evocative Chaingang Cheers
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Chaingang
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4 of 14  Thu 17th Nov 2011 8:22am  
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The photograph was taken at the top of Hertford street
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creteskyblue
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5 of 14  Thu 17th Nov 2011 4:59pm  
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Did not Holbrooks have a store in Warwick Lane just before the junction with Greyfriars Lane in the fifties? Regards.
Enjoy life,remember we walk this way but once.

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K
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6 of 14  Thu 17th Nov 2011 6:33pm  
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I can remember going in their shop in Hertford St then. It had been patched up after the blitz damage, and floor was like walking across a mini set of Alps. I seem to remember that they had a small shop front in Warwick Lane behind the chemist - Green's wasn't it? - that was at the end of Hertford St opposite the Geisha cafe. (Some more memories there, the Geisha!! Cheers ) But there wasn't much up Warwick Lane, shop-wise, the biggest building was the Methodist Central Hall. Holbrooks' shop must have been pretty much next door to the MC Hall. BTW, creteskyblue: my cousin lives in Crete, at Limnes.
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heritage
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7 of 14  Fri 18th Nov 2011 8:14am  
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The Holbrooks shop was next to the Central Hall, more or less where the car park is now. We bought a black poofe from there in 1966, the first piece of new furniture after getting married. We still have it, though it is not currently in use. I remember it as an excellent shop but generally out of our price range. Like many people we set up home with cast off furniture from parents, even the second hand tv sat on the floor as we couldn't afford anything to put it on.
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K
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8 of 14  Fri 18th Nov 2011 12:34pm  
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On 18th Nov 2011 8:14am, heritage said: The Holbrooks shop was next to the Central Hall, more or less where the car park is now....
Which nicely confirms where I remember it. Thumbs up Wasn't Holbrooks' taken over by Anslows? And the latter taken over by Waring and Gillow?
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PhilipInCoventry
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9 of 14  Sat 19th Nov 2011 11:27pm  
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On 18th Nov 2011 8:14am, heritage said: Like many people we set up home with cast off furniture from parents, even the second hand tv sat on the floor as we couldn't afford anything to put it on.
Hello, that could nearly have been my reply. I married in 1968. We had saved half the cost of the house that we still live in. My little experience even with finance then, would not let me use credit, so we saved for everything. We made do with cast-offs, still have a coffee table that was third hand. To this day, even having had a Barclaycard from the early seventies, I have never ever had a balance over-hang any month. I think that my parents would have had me shot if I had ever used credit or HP. Smile
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Dreamtime
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10 of 14  Sun 20th Nov 2011 3:44am  
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Have to agree with you here Philip. My dad said to us as soon as we were married (1961) "If you haven't got the money then you don't buy it, save for it and if you are that keen then you will soon have it". We have always lived by those words and proved that it works. Most of our furniture came from the Co-op in Corporation Street at the time, mind you my lovely father-in-law worked there at the time so I admit it was made a little easier, if you get my drift!!!!! Wink
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K
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11 of 14  Sun 20th Nov 2011 12:35pm  
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On 20th Nov 2011 3:44am, Dreamtime said: "If you haven't got the money then you don't buy it"
Someone should have told the Greeks that!!! Lol We bought quite a few items from the Co-op in Corporation St, too. I bet it isn't the Co-op any more? There was until last year a quite old-style Co-op store in Norwich, now that's closed. They sold good furniture and clothes, just like the Co-op in Corporation St. The Co-op seems to be sort of imploding lately.
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dutchman
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12 of 14  Sun 20th Nov 2011 4:49pm  
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Yes it is Keith but in common with most Co-op branches it went 'upmarket' a few years ago and turned its back on its traditional customer base.
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K
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13 of 14  Sun 20th Nov 2011 4:52pm  
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Oh well, at least you've still got one! They seem to be closing around here faster than Tesco can saturate the area. Do they still operate as a food store, or have they abandoned that?
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dutchman
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14 of 14  Sun 20th Nov 2011 6:36pm  
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Yes they still have a food section, Keith.
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