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spocksbabe
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1 of 63  Wed 17th Feb 2010 10:37pm  
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Does anyone have any information on the Blacksmith's near Stoke Green or the Flowers family? ie Frederick... thank you
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Rob Orland
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2 of 63  Sun 21st Feb 2010 5:47pm  
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It will be great if we can find out something about Frederick Flowers the Stoke Blacksmith, or even any memories about where the Smithy once stood - which is now the 'Empress Buildings' row of shops. To help anyone along, here's a small map from 1889 showing the Smithy just across the road from the Bull's Head pub - and below that is a very rural looking view of Binley Road, looking towards town, with the pub on the left. The old stocks would've been just to the left of the photographer. (I wouldn't mind seeing those put to good use again, but that's another topic!) 1889 map Bull's Head, Binley Road
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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3 of 63  Sat 22nd Oct 2011 10:22am  
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I took this photograph this morning, and something seems to be missing
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Rob Orland
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4 of 63  Sat 22nd Oct 2011 5:25pm  
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Aha.... well spotted Cliff! I noticed that as we drove past yesterday evening. NEWSFLASH: First the good news.... the tyre and rim have been removed from the Stoke Green clock. Now the bad news.... the clock itself has gone too!!!!! But, a nice thought has crossed my mind (and quickly reached the other side, it's not very far!).... maybe someone from the council read this forum, saw our lamenting of the lack of care received by that old clock, and decided it was time to remove it for restoration? We can dream, can't we!
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TonyS
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5 of 63  Mon 24th Oct 2011 11:56am  
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If only you'd known who to ask..... Thumbs up The clock has never been owned by the council and was paid for by local residents in the late 20's/early 30's. The clock hasn't worked for over 10 years, and the council got a quote to have it repaired about 6 years ago which was for around £64,000!! This was way too expensive, so it was left. In recent years it fell into disrepair so the council put a fence round it. More recently the council has been speaking to the local residents to ask what they wanted to do with the clock and if they were able to pay for the repairs (!) The residents have said that they would like to have a play area where the clock is. It is currently in storage until the residents association (along with the councils conservation officer) have decided what they want to do with it. So, if anyone has a spare £100,000 I'll pass your name on..... Now, next question!.... Cheers
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Midland Red
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6 of 63  Mon 24th Oct 2011 12:02pm  
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That's OK, but it begs the question . . . . . What has happened to the bicycle tyre ? Lol
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TonyS
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7 of 63  Mon 24th Oct 2011 12:04pm  
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Big grin Big grin Big grin Big grin I'll try and find out..... but don't hold your breath! Lol
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Midland Red
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8 of 63  Mon 24th Oct 2011 12:39pm  
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As Rob was there on Friday, and I wasn't there till Saturday, at the moment, the finger of suspicion points at our leader Big grin Big grin Big grin
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TonyS
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9 of 63  Mon 24th Oct 2011 1:35pm  
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Has Rob got a three-wheel bike (with or without a bent wheel)? Wink
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Greg
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10 of 63  Mon 24th Oct 2011 3:51pm  
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While they`re sorting out a play area, perhaps they could re-instate the paddling pool (or maybe that would be against H & S regulations!!!
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TonyS
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11 of 63  Mon 24th Oct 2011 6:58pm  
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On 24th Oct 2011 3:51pm, Greg said: ....perhaps they could re-instate the paddling pool (or maybe that would be against H & S regulations!!!
I think thats why they were closed in the first place! Sad
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Rob Orland
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12 of 63  Mon 24th Oct 2011 8:12pm  
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On 24th Oct 2011 12:39pm, Midland Red said: As Rob was there on Friday, and I wasn't there till Saturday, at the moment, the finger of suspicion points at our leader Big grin Big grin Big grin
Doh! I've been rumbled! Oh my And all that effort to get that tyre down only to find it had perished! Blush Many thanks to Tony for all that great info. though - a man with connections by the sound of it!
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Rob Orland
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13 of 63  Mon 24th Oct 2011 8:14pm  
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On 24th Oct 2011 11:56am, TonyS said: So, if anyone has a spare £100,000 I'll pass your name on.....
Even if you knocked three noughts off that figure, I'd still be struggling! Why do you think I needed that tyre!!!!! Lol
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herberts lad
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14 of 63  Mon 6th Feb 2012 2:59pm  
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Can anyone tell me what has happened to the above, has it gone the same way as the wonderful sandstone fountain which disappeared from Gosford Green years ago. Used to quench our thirst in the Fountain after playing football and cricket on the adjacent park. The huge fir tree standing adjacent to the Binley road were our stumps or goalpost, it was only the width of cricket stumps then. Oh dear that was 60 years ago.
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TonyS
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15 of 63  Mon 6th Feb 2012 4:23pm  
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And a warm welcome to you Herberts Lad & thanks for your post! Wave There's no further news as yet on what anyone plans to do with the structure, but I'll try and keep everyone informed as/when I hear any news.
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