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Helen F
16 of 24  Sun 23rd Jun 2019 11:03am  
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Earlsdon Kid
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17 of 24  Sun 23rd Jun 2019 12:43pm  
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Thanks Kaga, that's interesting about the Coventry power station (before my time), but regarding the Longford power station, I came across this set of photographs which show more WW2 views. Scroll about halfway down the webpage to the power station views.
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NeilsYard
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18 of 24  Mon 24th Jun 2019 11:20am  
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A much better 1929 view of those cooling towers
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Kaga simpson
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19 of 24  Mon 24th Jun 2019 12:05pm  
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Earlsdon Kid, I have looked many times at those photo's, reminds me of my childhood. I think I have posted before, but the shot from the Old Crown pub is exactly the line of the bomb run - the first one just left of the photographer, the next in the field, the third just by the side of the right hand tower, the fourth smack on the canal at Sutton Stop. I am now the only witness to the draining of the canal from Sutton Stop to Tusses Bridge. The large gun site in the fields below watched in horror as the waters came up and by the sandbag emplacement.
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Earlsdon Kid
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20 of 24  Mon 24th Jun 2019 5:58pm  
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Excellent view of the towers, Neil, and thanks for your recollections, Kaga, it keeps me pouring over maps of the area to bring reality to the comments.
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Annewiggy
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21 of 24  Mon 24th Jun 2019 7:10pm  
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I started work at the EMEB in 1963 and worked there for 9 years. For several years the offices were at the top of the street in what were the Daimler offices, now Harp Place which I think was the only building left after the blitz, but the canteen and the stores were in the large building down the other end of Sandy Lane, most of which I believe still contained the generators. For the last couple of years we moved from the Daimler building to offices in what was then called the works at the other end. The large building had a lot of it converted to offices, I was in an office opposite. I loved my job there and I used to find the old buildings fascinating then. As you say all the buildings at both ends of the street have been turned into flats.
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NeilsYard
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22 of 24  Wed 25th Sep 2019 12:23pm  
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I've just been looking through Robs updated pics. This one just shows how visible those towers were even from Broadgate!
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Kaga simpson
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23 of 24  Thu 26th Sep 2019 10:53am  
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NeilsYard, I would think smelly, choking smoke, so they got rid of them. I believe they were fed by coal boat, whereas the Longford power station was never fed by boats but by train, another reason why the Bishop Street Basin went derelict.
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Kaga simpson
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24 of 24  Sun 29th Sep 2019 1:00pm  
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Rob, Neil, The Gas Works built in the 19th century had to be beside the canal for coal supply. It had its own wharf to take the supply of coal by the boat companies, but the boats lost the contract to the railways, then a little while later the rail sold back the contract to the boats, and a few years after the 1927 strikes closed the Wyken pits. At the same time health and safety and a number of other reasons caused that Gas Works to close and move. The Gas Works gave off a strong smell of creosote/tar fumes. The Broadgate photo above, I would say about 1920/5, and on the way to the closure of those works. This is what I believe I heard from family chit-chat when small.
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