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NeilsYard
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286 of 293  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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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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287 of 293  Fri 15th Nov 2019 1:07pm  
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Gents tailors, I think heavy worsteds or similar. Forget were the were before, but they grabbed that corner spot before anyone else.
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Prof
Gloucester
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288 of 293  Fri 21st Feb 2020 6:02pm  
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On 23rd Oct 2019 3:16pm, NeilsYard said: Another cracker from my friend Cliff Berwick - dated 1907. Coventry Ribbon House anyone?
Reminded me of the Coventry Ribbon shown at the Great Exhibition. We have the Joseph Paxton connection too!
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Prof
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289 of 293  Fri 21st Feb 2020 6:04pm  
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Forum library image The Coventry Ribbon from Great Exhibition 1851 Edited by member, 21st Feb 2020 6:05 pm
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Annewiggy
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290 of 293  Sun 23rd Feb 2020 8:33am  
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From Coventry Herald 1889
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Kaga simpson
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291 of 293  Sun 23rd Feb 2020 10:57am  
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Google the last silk factory in Coventry. Half the population of Coventry were employed on weaving in the 19th century, cotton, calico, wool, worsted, silk and linen. Coventry was ideal with all the water around, a damp climate was ideal for spinning the brittle yarn. To add strength to the cotton, weavers added 'fustian' wool or linen to make the warp. My Mother worked a loom when little. My granny still had a treadle loom in her house when I was small, and I believe what may have been an attic full of yarn. I believe Coventry had a cloth hall. Linen, wool, cotton, silk factories ran side by side, all intermingled with the narrow boats, farming and shoe making. In the 1950s Coventry still had three textile factories running, each on the Canal Bank, they were noisy, dirty and dangerous. I have no idea if Coventry made canvas, but old sailors covered their canvas suits in tar to keep out the water, hence 'jolly jack tars'.
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NeilsYard
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292 of 293  Fri 20th Mar 2020 2:54pm  
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Some lovely detail here!
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NeilsYard
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293 of 293  Fri 20th Mar 2020 3:00pm  
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Sad before and afters here showing the Queens Hotel -
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