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Osmiroid
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1 of 12  Sat 29th Aug 2015 10:06am  
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I heard there was an archaelogical dig in the 1990s, or something??? Any info on this? I've never felt like going in there for years so if it happened I would have easily missed it.
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PhilipInCoventry
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2 of 12  Sat 29th Aug 2015 10:24am  
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Hi Osmiroid Wave Does any of this ring any bells? Time Team
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Osmiroid
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3 of 12  Sat 29th Aug 2015 10:33am  
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Hello Philip, thanks, I wasn't aware of a watchmakers episode, I have a Coventry Astral pocket watch so I wish I'd seen it. I can vaguely remember one about the original cathedral, I think.
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MisterD-Di
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4 of 12  Sat 29th Aug 2015 12:58pm  
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I certainly remember excavations when the old prefab shops were removed, they were on the Broadgate clock side, about where Waterstones was. It was cordoned off for a while. I think it was too early for Time Team though and would have been pre-90s before Cathedral Lanes was built. Mid-80s perhaps?
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flapdoodle
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5 of 12  Sat 29th Aug 2015 6:42pm  
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I don't know, but I've read an article in 19th century magazine that talks about a Roman pavement on Broadgate and refers to Foleshill Road as a Roman Road! They also found some stone walls at some point in the past.
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Osmiroid
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6 of 12  Sat 29th Aug 2015 7:32pm  
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Roman Broadgate - Publicum forum Domina Godiva :)
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pixrobin
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7 of 12  Sat 29th Aug 2015 8:03pm  
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rofl Osmiroid. You'll have us believing that Godiva was a dominatrix soon.
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NeilsYard
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8 of 12  Fri 4th Sep 2015 1:51am  
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Apologies if the owner is here but there are some fantastic images of Derby Lane (amongst others!!) here Big grin Edited by member, 4th Sep 2015 1:51 am
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Helen F
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9 of 12  Sat 5th Sep 2015 11:48am  
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Osmiroid, if you type excavation or derby into the library pictures, you'll find pictures of a dig. I'm not sure where they are bar the one where the man is pointing to an archway to a cellar. start at comment 6 for explanation
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Osmiroid
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10 of 12  Sat 5th Sep 2015 2:15pm  
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Thanks Helen, interesting to see :)
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flapdoodle
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11 of 12  Sat 5th Sep 2015 7:04pm  
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Fascinating, it's quite hard to picture this as it's changed so much. I always thought it was a shame that the route from the Cathedral Quarter down Bayley Lane and Pepper Lane takes you past service areas. Cathedral Lanes is a bit inside out! Edited by member, 5th Sep 2015 7:06 pm
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Kaga simpson
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12 of 12  Sun 15th Nov 2015 1:37pm  
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Those lanes were truly a place of wonder. To me the birth of Coventry. It was like another world within the confines of those ancient houses. I felt like a furtive intruder. The quiet whispering of the past. Those narrow lanes was, as it had been for centuries, except that nature had crept in. Tumbling into ruin the exposed split beams and rafters, the chimneys, without the presence of smoke to soften them I doubt if the temperature inside had ever got into double figures, I imagined oak panel long, a sword hung over a huge open fireplace, an old bible laying open on the table. The nooks and crannies, such was my nature. Those quiet narrow lanes provided sanctuary from a world I didn't quite fit in.
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