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1 of 27  Mon 5th Dec 2011 7:01pm  
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I was wondering what happened to Allwoods Atkins and Turton. I'm guessing that the Fleet St shop went when Smithford Way was constructed; but what of the Earlsdon shop? Does anyone know? Other grocers that I remember being in Coventry were Lipton's, Home and Colonial, Empire Stores, Plevin's, and several others. All gone, I guess?
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morgana
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2 of 27  Mon 5th Dec 2011 7:43pm  
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If Atkins & Barker the electrical shop you are on about that is in Earlsdon still well in was up until about 5 years ago as a lad I know worked there for years. Smile
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Rob Orland
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3 of 27  Mon 5th Dec 2011 8:42pm  
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I got this photo from eBay a year or two ago. I don't know the year (maybe someone here can help) but as far as I know this is the branch that was based in High Street - in the building that later became Martin's Bank on the corner of Pepper Lane. Atkins & Turton, High St
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morgana
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4 of 27  Mon 5th Dec 2011 9:26pm  
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I would say at least late 1800s, going by the cloths as my grancher was wearing the same kind of collar and tie, shame you can't see their boots, as on my photos, they were fastened by eyelet hook where they used like a crochet hook to do them up. Smile
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morgana
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5 of 27  Mon 5th Dec 2011 9:30pm  
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The collars look the same my grand dad to the far right
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6 of 27  Mon 5th Dec 2011 9:36pm  
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That's intriguing Rob - because it's either just Atkins and Turton (probably) or else Allwoods & Atkins and Turton (sic), and would have to be no earlier than 1937, when Allwoods merged with A & T. I'd say, the former. However, so far as I'm aware, they were in a - I believe - re-vamped A T & T premises in Fleet St in 1937. But I don't know when they opened the shop in Earlsdon, and what happened to it. I think dutchman said it was taken over (in Earlsdon) but I can't find a shred of info about it - odd. Both the Fleet St and the Earlsdon St premises had a whole small shop dedicated to coffee, with a large red and polished metal grinder in the window - took up almost all the window - and smelt wonderful. Both shops were very popular, and my mother shopped at both; I guess she migrated to the Earlsdon one after the Fleet St one closed. But I don't know, and I'd love to find out! That's a nice photo, though. A PROPER grocers!! Thumbs up They were quite a Coventry institution. BTW...drifting here! ... hope you've found some Nelson's Revenge to sample, or even Headcracker. You'll never drink tea again! Lol Lol Delicious - wish I could drink either.... Sad
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7 of 27  Mon 5th Dec 2011 9:40pm  
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On 5th Dec 2011 9:36pm, KeithLeslie said: I think dutchman said it was taken over (in Earlsdon) but I can't find a shred of info about it - odd.
Wasn't me Keith, I know nothing about the Earlsdon branch. Smile
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8 of 27  Mon 5th Dec 2011 10:20pm  
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We're so vibrant and active, I can't remember who said what, when, now!! Wink Big grin
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dutchman
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9 of 27  Mon 5th Dec 2011 10:24pm  
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I can't remember things I did three days ago! Lol
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10 of 27  Tue 6th Dec 2011 11:48am  
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That's a happy state to be in, I'm told... Lol
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Midland Red
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11 of 27  Tue 6th Dec 2011 12:16pm  
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On 5th Dec 2011 9:36pm, KeithLeslie said: That's a nice photo, though. A PROPER grocers!! Thumbs up They were quite a Coventry institution.
1868 Kelly's Directory - Atkins & Turton, 2 High Street Thumbs up
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Rob Orland
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12 of 27  Tue 6th Dec 2011 6:33pm  
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On 6th Dec 2011 12:16pm, Midland Red said: 1868 Kelly's Directory - Atkins & Turton, 2 High Street Thumbs up
And then, of course, there's a picture showing the shop on my own "now and then" page.... which I'd almost completely forgotten about! (Far left hand side.) http://www.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=highst-from-bgate It must be my age! Blush
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TonyS
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13 of 27  Tue 6th Dec 2011 6:42pm  
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Is that where the old Martins Bank was? I appreciate the address states "No 2" but it looks further down than that??
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Rob Orland
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14 of 27  Tue 6th Dec 2011 8:36pm  
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On 6th Dec 2011 6:42pm, TonyS said: Is that where the old Martins Bank was? I appreciate the address states "No 2" but it looks further down than that??
Yes, it's actually in the same building, even though it looks completely different. I recall looking into this for someone a long time ago, and after first thinking that it must have been rebuilt later as Martin's Bank, the 'Bank' building was there before the coffee shop, so it must be well disguised with the shop frontage.
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TonyS
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15 of 27  Tue 6th Dec 2011 9:11pm  
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The Martins Bank Archive appears to date the bank building as 1937 - would this line up with your own findings Rob?
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