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NeilsYard
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16 of 24  Wed 7th Mar 2018 9:35pm  
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Might be totally wrong but coincidentally I was just looking at this 1937 map and noticed this 'Arcade' marked near to but opposite the City Arcade - is this Drinkwater or am I on the wrong side of Smithford Street? I can't recall noticing this one before?
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Prof
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17 of 24  Wed 7th Mar 2018 10:34pm  
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I think you are right Neils Yard and it fits with Anne Wiggy's quotation! Opposite the City Arcade.
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Annewiggy
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18 of 24  Thu 8th Mar 2018 9:00am  
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It is marked on this map though not very clear exactly where it is. This is a strange but useful map, it is not dated but mentions Princess Elizabeths visit in 1948 so is post war, but it is a pre war map "Burrows pointer guide map of Coventry". It is very useful as it has an index and a strip that you lay across the map to find the location in the index. I have found some more references to the planned project to be carried out in the area and if the war had not intervened the area would still look a lot different to how it did then. Edited by member, 8th Mar 2018 9:03 am
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Prof
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19 of 24  Thu 8th Mar 2018 9:15am  
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The line of the new Precinct encroached on the south side of Smithford Street, so effectively it was widened. NeilsYard's map which is easier to see as it is larger shows the White Lion (PH) and the present M & S was next to it and made the new corner into West Orchard. My recollection is that the White Lion was demolished after when that side of the Upper Precinct was developed. So the Drinkwater Arcade must have been approximately where the escalator to the shops above now stands, though it could have been more to the left on the first map. Without copying I find the second map too small as it is to see clearly. Edited by member, 9th Mar 2018 3:14 pm
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Annewiggy
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20 of 24  Thu 8th Mar 2018 10:52am  
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Sorry Prof, I did it quickly this morning and did not check if was readable. I can do it again if you want but I think you have the information from Neil’s map.
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NeilsYard
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21 of 24  Fri 9th Mar 2018 10:00am  
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If my map was the correct spot you may find this one interesting - post war and obviously the area has been cleared but you can still see City Arcade and if right - the cleared area where Drinkwater would have been (looking across West Orchard). Edited by member, 9th Mar 2018 10:01 am
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Annewiggy
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22 of 24  Fri 9th Mar 2018 12:41pm  
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This was the plan in 1938.
IMPROVEMENT PLAN IN SMITHFORD STREET Markets Committee Recommend Sale of Valuable Site DEMOLITION OF CORN EXCHANGE AS AID TO SHOPPING CENTRE Subject to the consent of Coventry City Council, on Tuesday, the Markets Committee will shortly carry into effect a scheme whereby they will dispose of a large and valuable site, on a 99 years' lease, in Smithford Street, enabling a further improvement to be made in one of the most popular shopping centres in the city. The scheme includes the demolition of the Corn Exchange and the widening of the Drinkwater Arcade. The properties belonging to the Markets Committee referred to are those which comprise the block between the White Lion Hotel and Market Street, and also certain properties on the west side of Market Street. Part of the property was recently leased to British Home Stores Ltd., whose new premises are now nearing completion. Regarding the property between the White Lion Hotel and the British Home Stores, the Committee recently invited offers for a building lease on conditions generally similar to those of the British Home Stores, and the most favourable offer recommended to the Council for acceptance is that from Cardigan Estates Ltd., of London. DRINKWATER ARCADE WIDENING The ground-floor space available, after allowing for a widening of Drinkwater Arcade, is approximately 637 square yards, and the lessees will have the right to erect buildings, from first-floor level upwards, over parts of Drinkwater Arcade of an area of approximately 94 square yards. All the properties on the land, except the Corn Exchange, are used as retail shops. Four are let on leases, which will expire in 1940, and the remainder are let on annual or shorter tenancies. The annual rents from these properties amount to £1,027. As regards the Corn Exchange, it will be necessary to obtain the consent of the Minister of Health to the proposed lease, for the scheme includes the demolition of that building. It is intended to provide alternative accommodation for those who use the Corn Exchange on Fridays in the Market Hall, where rooms are available. PREMIUM OF £28,000 The full recommendation to the Council proposes that, subject to the consent of the Minister of Health, Cardigan Estates Ltd. be granted a building lease on payment of a premium of £28,000 and an annual rent of £100. The company are to make their own arrangements for obtaining vacant possession of the properties and are, in any event, to start the demolition work as soon as the last of the leases expire in September 1940, thereafter to proceed with their building scheme. The company are to construct a new roof of a type to be approved by the Corporation over the widened Drinkwater Arcade, the cost of which will be borne by the Corporation, but which the company will maintain. ELEVATIONS OF NEW BUILDINGS The elevations of the new buildings are to be of terracotta or brick with stone facings, and they are to be the same height as the British Home Stores premises. The Corporation are to bear the cost of paving and lighting the Arcade, and in all other respects the conditions of the lease are to be similar to those contained in the agreement with British Home Stores Ltd.
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Prof
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23 of 24  Fri 9th Mar 2018 2:55pm  
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Most interesting to read this Annewiggy, which confirms where the Drinkwater Arcade stood. The plans were bruited in the year of my birth too!
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Prof
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24 of 24  Wed 16th May 2018 9:14pm  
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Thanks Annewiggy, Neil's map makes it clear.
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