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301 of 332  Wed 8th Jul 2020 6:25pm  
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No, Slim, it says “watchmakers” Thumbs up James Walker’s. Waters was further along into High Street
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NeilsYard
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302 of 332  Wed 8th Jul 2020 7:03pm  
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Slim, I put this one in the High St thread a while ago.
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Slim
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303 of 332  Wed 8th Jul 2020 7:46pm  
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Thanks, MR and NY. At the back of my mind, I thought Waters was the other side of the bank. Looking more carefully, I can see that the window display looks more like trays of jewellery, not bottles of vino. Anyway, my anecdote about Waters Wine Bar and my aunt's antics stills stands!
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Slim
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304 of 332  Wed 8th Jul 2020 7:48pm  
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Thinking a bit more, Walkers was alongside the passageway, through which I must have walked literally thousands of times over the years.
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Mr Blue Sky
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305 of 332  Wed 8th Jul 2020 11:26pm  
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You’re quite right Slim. I bought my wife’s engagement ring and later her wedding ring from Walkers in the passageway back in 1968.
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NeilsYard
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306 of 332  Tue 4th Aug 2020 10:36am  
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And another find from Dean Nelson - another first I think?!
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Prof
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307 of 332  Tue 4th Aug 2020 11:35am  
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Could that be the Vicar Lane chapel if the photo taken from Smithford St, if Red Lion was in Vicar Lane or just an alleyway? If not the building at the back is in Smithford St? Somewhat out of focus of course.
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Helen F
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308 of 332  Tue 4th Aug 2020 11:36am  
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Another cracker! Thumbs up It's the Red Lion Yard, looking from the junction of Greyfriars Lane and Warwick Lane towards where it came out at Hertford Street. The pub started on the left and then migrated to the right. Originally there would have been a storey over the gap. The whole area from Hertford Street to Greyfriars became the Queen's Hotel.
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Prof
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309 of 332  Tue 4th Aug 2020 11:38am  
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Thanks Helen, guessed you would know!
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NeilsYard
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310 of 332  Tue 4th Aug 2020 11:42am  
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Helen, let me know if you want me to send it on to your email so you can enlarge this and the Earl St one Thumbs up
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Helen F
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311 of 332  Tue 4th Aug 2020 11:46am  
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Prof, it took me a while to work out the Red Lion because the image is between maps. Neil, yes please Big grin I'm endlessly amazed how many new images keep turning up.
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NeilsYard
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312 of 332  Tue 4th Aug 2020 11:54am  
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Sent Helen! Big grin You can actually make out the Red Lion sign on the right in a bigger zoom. Edited by member, 4th Aug 2020 11:55 am
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Helen F
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313 of 332  Tue 4th Aug 2020 12:37pm  
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Thanks Thumbs up The sign was the bit that threw me. The Inn started on Warwick Lane and moves north in steps till it ends up at 64/65 on Greyfriars and then gets renamed as the Greyfriars Inn. I'm assuming that it's a lion over the top of the passageway. I'm guessing that he's the one that gets repainted in Kaga's story?
On 24th May 2019 3:11pm, Kaga simpson said on the Smithford Street Topic: The figure of the White Lion was over the front door. It is thought the body was white but the mane and the paws were brightly coloured, but for some reason the effigy was sold to the innkeeper of the Red Lion in Hertford Street and painted red. Sometime later during the night, some youths painted it white - its original colour - thought to be a capital joke. But the inn in Hertford Street was demolished and the lion was sold back to its former home in Smithford Street. There it served as a gold lion, then a light blue lion, and in the early 1850s it returned to its original white.
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Kaga simpson
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314 of 332  Tue 4th Aug 2020 2:25pm  
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1862 Where the Red Lion staring o'er the way Invites each passing stranger that can pay Aug 20th Coventry Herald. Attempted raid on the Red Lion to paint it white again as of last year’s raid - the proprietor caught them redhanded, took them to court, but the court said it would have been better if he had said nothing, there had been no offence. Proprietor (Mr Hunt) said he thought they should go and practice on someone else, they ought not to come twice on one person.
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Kaga simpson
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315 of 332  Thu 6th Aug 2020 9:52am  
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Helen, In the year 1860, the effigy was the White Lion in Smithford St, the owner went bankrupt, sold the Lion effigy to the inn (Mr Hunt) in Hertford St, who painted it red. It stood on the wall over the archway between the inn and the stables, the site of the old Queens Hotel. In '61 some funsters repainted it white. The owner, fearing the same thing the following year, set watch - the culprits were caught with the ladder propped inside the archway (above).
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