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TonyS
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16 of 27  Tue 6th Dec 2011 9:22pm  
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Heres some pics of the Martins Bank building from the mid 1980's I seem to remember it last being used by Coventry Building society.... ... and one of the inside, just before it was demolished! Sad
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Rob Orland
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17 of 27  Tue 6th Dec 2011 9:42pm  
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On 6th Dec 2011 9:11pm, TonyS said: The Martins Bank Archive appears to date the bank building as 1937 - would this line up with your own findings Rob?
Well.... that what I originally thought.... until I saw this early 1900s photo, with Atkins & Turton looking remarkably like Martin's Bank! Talk about cat among the pigeons!
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18 of 27  Wed 7th Dec 2011 2:05am  
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Instead of knocking those lovely old buildings down, they would make great apartments in the city would they not ? I don't mean like modern glass building blocks but keeping the old facades which Coventry shows so well. At least they would not be closed down and sitting idle, looking an eyesore till someone decides what to do with them. I know there will be mixed views on this but some of the historical property in the city deserve to be maintained some way. (I am waiting for the backlash, and I know money comes into the equation.) Looking at Martin's Bank would have been a classic !
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dutchman
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19 of 27  Wed 7th Dec 2011 3:13am  
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On 6th Dec 2011 9:22pm, TonyS said: Heres some pics of the Martins Bank building from the mid 1980's I seem to remember it last being used by Coventry Building society....
Great pictures Tony Thumbs up
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K
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20 of 27  Wed 7th Dec 2011 12:25pm  
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On 6th Dec 2011 9:11pm, TonyS said: The Martins Bank Archive appears to date the bank building as 1937 - would this line up with your own findings Rob?
This aligns with the formation of Allwoods & Atkins and Turton, in 1937 (source: National Archives). Allwoods' shop was in Fleet Street before 1937. I am convinced by what I've remembered and what I've found out, that when the merger took place, the Fleet Street shop was completely redesigned - and probably enlarged - to accommodate the Atkins and Turton business. And, of course, Martin's Bank would also have necessitated the High St premises to be redesigned and made suitable to the task. I wonder how many of us remember it actually BEING Martins Bank? I do! Blush And in hte Dad's army film (as opposed to the TV series, Mainwaring was manager of a Martin's bank - anyone notice that?) The old High Street actually looked like a High Street, didn't it? A place where you'd really want to go and shop, instead of the sterile place it is today (or even in 1980, when I last saw it). I know that my parents loved the old Coventry, pre-1935, when Butcher Row etc was demolished.
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Midland Red
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21 of 27  Wed 7th Dec 2011 12:28pm  
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The 1910 telephone directory has Allwoods at 13 Broadgate The 1921 telephone directory has Allwoods at Cross Cheaping
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TonyS
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22 of 27  Wed 7th Dec 2011 12:45pm  
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On 7th Dec 2011 12:25pm, KeithLeslie said: ... I wonder how many of us remember it actually BEING Martins Bank?
I would imagine quite a few people would as I think the building was Martins Bank right up until around 1966 when Martins main branch moved to Warwick Road and these premisses were taken over by "The Coventry Economic Building Society"
On 7th Dec 2011 12:25pm, KeithLeslie said: ... And in hte Dad's army film (as opposed to the TV series, Mainwaring was manager of a Martin's bank - anyone notice that?)
Yes, but did you know in the TV programs, the Martins Bank sign was replaced with one for the fictitious "Swallow Bank" - yet in the film, although the sign outside the bank displayed as "Martins Bank" it wasn't actually their bank premisses that were used! Smile
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23 of 27  Wed 7th Dec 2011 1:10pm  
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On 7th Dec 2011 12:28pm, Midland Red said: The 1910 telephone directory has Allwoods at 13 Broadgate The 1921 telephone directory has Allwoods at Cross Cheaping
That's intriguing!! Dutchman posted a piece of map with no date on it and said they were in Fleet St at three addresses. The map didn't show the shop front set back - which it was when I remember Allwoods A&T, and my wife's uncle confirmed that (so I wasn't seeing things!! Lol )- also a much sharper corner than I remember being there, so far as the building line was concerned (though there was one shop front that I remember, to the right of Allwoods A&T (i.e. towards St Johns) that projected as far as the earlier building line. That particular shop was unused and empty when I remember it, and got bills posted on it for all sorts of things, making it look a bit of a mess. Yet again, we need the ignition key to be found for the time machine, and go and have a look! Lol
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TonyS
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24 of 27  Wed 7th Dec 2011 1:15pm  
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On 7th Dec 2011 1:10pm, KeithLeslie said: That's intriguing!! Dutchman posted a piece of map....
Sorry, must have missed something, which piece of map?
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K
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25 of 27  Wed 7th Dec 2011 1:23pm  
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It was on another thread a while back.
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dutchman
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26 of 27  Wed 7th Dec 2011 1:58pm  
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On 7th Dec 2011 1:10pm, KeithLeslie said: That's intriguing!! Dutchman posted a piece of map with no date on it and said they were in Fleet St at three addresses.
The map was circa 1950 and so does not contradict what anyone else has posted. We were discussing the George IV which was at No16 Fleet Street and I said Allwoods were three addreses to the left of it at No19. It's actually slightly more complicated than that. 17 and 18 were the same building as also was 19 and 20.
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27 of 27  Tue 13th Dec 2011 7:37pm  
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I would assume that this William Allwood is in the same family or is it another branch?
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