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Osmiroid
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1 of 25  Fri 2nd Oct 2015 3:04pm  
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What happened to it? I don't remember reading that it was bombed like the Kings Head, not sure if I saw that it was demolished before the war to build some shops?
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Helen F
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2 of 25  Fri 2nd Oct 2015 3:31pm  
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It had been demolished and a brick and steel building housing Burtons was in its place by at least 1935. It was bombed but was still standing after the war. It looked like it and the Wilsons next door might have been in partial operation (but damaged) in 1946 but by 1953 they had been levelled and the Godiva statue garden was in their place.
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Annewiggy
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3 of 25  Fri 2nd Oct 2015 3:31pm  
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The book "The Character of Coventry" says it closed in 1928
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Helen F
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4 of 25  Fri 2nd Oct 2015 3:39pm  
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Looking at this image, it looks unlikely it ever had a period of operation pre demolition.
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Annewiggy
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5 of 25  Fri 2nd Oct 2015 3:48pm  
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Pictures dated 1933 show Burton's there then. On the opposite corner Dunn's is trading from the ground floor of the King's Head.
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6 of 25  Fri 2nd Oct 2015 5:14pm  
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Thanks Big grin
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Rob Orland
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7 of 25  Fri 2nd Oct 2015 10:01pm  
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I hope you all won't think I'm poking my nose in by mentioning that I've made a "now and then" pairing of this very building on this page.... http://www.historiccoventry.co.uk/nowandthen/content.php?pg=burtons-bgate, which might help with visualising the buildings' relative positions. Thumbs up
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8 of 25  Fri 2nd Oct 2015 10:54pm  
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Not at all Rob, that's excellent! Thanks Big grin
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Helen F
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9 of 25  Fri 2nd Oct 2015 11:23pm  
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That's a good one Rob. It spurred me to look at Google Street View that still shows the old road through Broadgate.
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NeilsYard
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10 of 25  Sat 3rd Oct 2015 1:21am  
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Yes great shot Rob - not seen that one before and gives a great impression of the location of the Market Tower - cheers mate! Thumbs up
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Osmiroid
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11 of 25  Thu 31st Mar 2016 12:47am  
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On 2nd Oct 2015 3:31pm, Helen F said: It had been demolished and a brick and steel building housing Burtons was in its place by at least 1935. It was bombed but was still standing after the war. It looked like it and the Wilsons next door might have been in partial operation (but damaged) in 1946 but by 1953 they had been levelled and the Godiva statue garden was in their place.
Helen, do you have any definite info that it was demolished to build Burton's rather than remodelled? This picture shows why I am wondering. I can't find a side view from Broadgate to see how the height of the City Hotel was in relation to the version of the King's Head that was bombed, to compare how the height of Burton's with the King's Head was.
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Helen F
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12 of 25  Thu 31st Mar 2016 2:55am  
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Fairly sure, yes. Burtons was a steel framed building as shown in its demolition and the fact it survived the bombing. That didn't come in until the late 1800s. The City Hotel was around much earlier and was probably a modified timber framed building. I've also got a feeling I've seen a picture of them building it but I can't find it. The City Hotel was the same height as the other buildings in Broadgate but as you can see from this picture, Burtons was higher, although not by much. Theoretically they could have clad the outside with a frame but I don't see why they'd do that.
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Helen F
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13 of 25  Thu 31st Mar 2016 3:26am  
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Other things to note. Burtons had a flat roof, whereas the City Hotel had a shallow slope and a bit of a parapet at the top. Originally it probably had a much steeper roof that went down to the upper windows. The face you see on early images of it was relatively new, as it had been a second row. The City Hotel was part of the Bablake Boys School Estate in 1863.
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14 of 25  Thu 31st Mar 2016 3:30am  
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Great! Thanks Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
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15 of 25  Thu 31st Mar 2016 2:26pm  
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Not sure if this is of any use Osmiroid but you can see how high Burtons was compared with The Kings Head: Edited by member, 31st Mar 2016 2:35 pm
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