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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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271 of 297  Fri 30th Aug 2019 9:59am  
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MR, you’re still a youngster yet. Even now you have memories of policeman on the street. Thumbs up
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PeterB
Mount Nod
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272 of 297  Wed 2nd Oct 2019 11:26pm  
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The current work outside the post office has uncovered the foundations for the buildings that were on the east side of Hertford Street. Together with the concrete foundation for the steps up to the cinema? Peter.
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Helen F
Warrington
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273 of 297  Thu 3rd Oct 2019 8:37am  
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Thanks for those photos. Up near Broadgate they might even find the foundations of buildings that came before Hertford Street. There were several substantial buildings and long courts that were removed to build the road. Anything in brick is likely to be Hertford Street but the area was wealthy so it's not impossible that there were brick structures before the road was built. Any stone foundations are probably pre Hertford Street. The land is possibly littered with demolition rubble.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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274 of 297  Mon 7th Oct 2019 10:40am  
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What are they actually doing there Peter?
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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275 of 297  Mon 7th Oct 2019 5:11pm  
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In 1812 Hertford Street was formed under an Act of Parliament. In 1820 there were about 21,000 people in Coventry. On the corner of Hertford Street and Smithford Street was Ladbury, linen maker, then an engraving showed a tradesman looking out at a couple kissing in the passage under Peeping Tom, adjoining the Kings Head, kept by Thomas Sharpe, Down by the Red Lion in 1824 there had been a peep show, showing the murder of Mr Weare, the brother of Alderman Weare of Cross Cheaping, which the Mayor ordered out of town. Adams riders’ show were in the Bull and Anchor yard, Batty's circus stood on waste ground in Union Street. The Marquis of Hertford leased the Cheylesmore Estate in 1788 for 31 years from the Crown, but it was said he won it from Prince George in a gambling 'stake' but it has no proof, but he did buy it. In 1850 on the site of the old Corn Exchange that stood between Hertford Street and Vicar Lane several houses and stables were built, the owner was one of the first to introduce large coaches as a sort of taxis in Coventry.
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PeterB
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276 of 297  Tue 8th Oct 2019 4:38pm  
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On 7th Oct 2019 10:40am, NeilsYard said: What are they actually doing there Peter?
I'm not sure, but I think it is the completion of the "Public Realm" works associated with the removal of the Nationwide. They are installing new tubes and junction boxes for electric power lines (Western Power were on site today) and possibly phone/data as well. They have a pile of manhole covers so I presume there will be access points for pop-up stalls to plug themselves in. Hopefully the whole area will be re-surfaced as it was in a poor state before and is even worse now. The trenches are less than a metre deep so not much chance of seeing anything pre-Hertford Street. Peter.
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mcsporran
Coventry & Cebu
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277 of 297  Tue 8th Oct 2019 11:29pm  
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The Public Realm 'Vision' is described here. It seems they can't resist adding water features at every opportunity.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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278 of 297  Wed 23rd Oct 2019 3:16pm  
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Another cracker from my friend Cliff Berwick - dated 1907. Coventry Ribbon House anyone?
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Prof
Gloucester
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279 of 297  Fri 1st Nov 2019 10:02pm  
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A nice view around the turn of 1900 of the upper part. Note the clock of the newspaper offices. Forum library image
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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280 of 297  Sat 2nd Nov 2019 8:43am  
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Yes the clock survived, and up to the Empire, from the bombing, although where the white pole was opposite took a direct hit and a lot of fire.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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281 of 297  Fri 15th Nov 2019 9:15am  
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This colourised image has just appeared on FB with the Blitz anniversary and I have just realised it’s Hertford St. You can just see the Post Office building on the left - the stonework and that section is still there today -
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Wearethemods
Aberdeenshire
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282 of 297  Fri 15th Nov 2019 9:48am  
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Building next door to the Empire perhaps?
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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283 of 297  Fri 15th Nov 2019 10:42am  
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Yes. Note, no bulldozers. I think only that side was roped off for a few days while those unsafe walls were removed. The corner had been cleared and Weaver to Wearer had a hut erected, back in business very quickly - I think it was said they were Jews and grabbed the money while others were still shopless.
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3Spires
Leicestershire
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284 of 297  Fri 15th Nov 2019 11:36am  
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Hutless surely? Perhaps they felt that a quick return to "normal" was a better boost to morale and that their faith had nothing to do with it? I recall that a lot of Jewish people, in other parts of the world, were forced to live in huts.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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285 of 297  Fri 15th Nov 2019 11:59am  
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Was that this one Kaga? I did not realise they had premises in Hertford St? What did they do/sell, presumably tailors? Edited by member, 15th Nov 2019 12:00 pm
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