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Kaga simpson
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46 of 70  Sat 23rd Jun 2018 7:48am  
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Osmiroid, The Geisha in the fifties was well known to be a little upper-class, you didn't get lorry drivers or brickies in there, some people knew it as 'the little finger cafe'. For some reason during the war a lot of ministries, council, used the lower half of Hertford Street, I think you went to a shop there if you lost your ration book, think there was a register there for blood donations or injury questions, ARP questions and information, that sort of thing. Post copied from topic Restaurants, Cafes, Coffee Bars on 23rd Jun 2018 9:33 pm
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Prof
Gloucester
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47 of 70  Sat 23rd Jun 2018 6:04pm  
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Kaga. Re the lost ration book or to register if you were a visitor and needed a temporary one, it was at the former Liberal Club I think, and was next to Lee Beesley's electrical shop in Warwick Row, Greyfriars Green area.
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jonboy
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48 of 70  Sat 23rd Jun 2018 9:03pm  
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Hi Prof, wasn't the Liberal Club in Union St.? I seem to remember that the top floor become the venue for a nightclub called The Elite. This would have been in the late fifties early sixties.
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Midland Red
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49 of 70  Sat 23rd Jun 2018 9:38pm  
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Yes it was, jonboy. Could Prof mean what is now The Litten Tree?
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Prof
Gloucester
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50 of 70  Sun 24th Jun 2018 9:11am  
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Sorry jonboy and Midland Red, I should have known the Liberal Club was Union Street, and I did wonder. I think now it may have been the Reform Club on Warwick Row. Not the Litten Tree but the building next to it with the pillars. Edited by member, 24th Jun 2018 9:15 am
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Kaga simpson
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51 of 70  Sun 24th Jun 2018 9:51am  
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Prof, thanks for all you replies. It was all one street to us right down to the station, war time, it seemed very important that when you left Broadgate you were on your way to the station and you did not know if you would ever walk it again. If I seem to keep harping on about wartime, my excuse is that, from a child in 1935, everyone was talking of the Spanish Civil War - if there would be a war with Germany then it happened and went on to 1948 for me. So, for a big chunk of my young life I knew nothing else, my school life and youth was drastically affected.
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Prof
Gloucester
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52 of 70  Mon 13th Aug 2018 11:45pm  
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Here's another further back:
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coventry49
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53 of 70  Tue 14th Aug 2018 7:10am  
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What a beautiful picture. I wonder what time of day it was taken as there's not a soul in sight, although a horse has recently passed through! Christchurch spire is actually quite exquisite. I can see why the city adopted the 3 spires as its emblem, all 3 clearly visible entering Coventry from this direction.
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Prof
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54 of 70  Tue 14th Aug 2018 8:05am  
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Yes, isn't it? I remember Christ Church spire like that with its Bath stone cladding. It looks like 'Nant Glyn' on the left with the ivy, where George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) was educated by the Misses Franklin sisters.
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Helen F
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55 of 70  Tue 14th Aug 2018 8:12am  
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I'd guestimate it was close to midday or slightly earlier. Warwick Road coming in from the right, runs NNWish. There's a bit of a shadow on the fence running NW which would put the sun towards the south but quite high in the sky.
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Midland Red
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56 of 70  Tue 14th Aug 2018 8:46am  
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On 14th Aug 2018 8:05am, Prof said: Yes, isn't it? I remember Christ Church spire like that with its Bath stone cladding. It looks like 'Nant Glyn' on the left with the ivy, where George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans) was educated by the Misses Franklin sisters.
Sorry, Prof, but it's not Nant Glyn, which is at the other end of Greyfriars Green Here it is in 2010 adjacent to the Starley statue These would be the buildings in your photo (no.10 used to be Flinn's jewellers) taken in 2017 A similar view to yours, Prof, from 2013 Thumbs up
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Prof
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57 of 70  Tue 14th Aug 2018 10:03am  
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Thanks Midland Red, I should have noticed the railings on the RH side as the clue! So it is Flinn's where we bought the engagement and wedding rings in the late 50's.
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Prof
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58 of 70  Tue 14th Aug 2018 10:04am  
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On 5th Jan 2016 3:29pm, bohica said: As a kid walking to and from school, I usually passed through what I knew as Greyfriars Green park (just in front of a row of estate agents, and by where the toilets were). I seem to remember that there was a weather proof lectern there with a book and that the page was turned every day. Does anyone else remember this and would the book have been a bible?
I remember it and yes, I think it was a bible and not a war memorial. Anyone confirm this?
On 6th Jan 2016 1:07pm, Midland Red said: I think this photo I took in 1976 shows the bible in front of Sir Thomas White's statue Thumbs up
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Helen F
Warrington
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59 of 70  Tue 14th Aug 2018 10:58am  
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Nice photos MR, I really like the lighting at that time of year and the bare trees let you see the spires. It's really odd seeing the old and the new. The scale of reality almost seems different. Quite a few of the houses have lost their front boundary and that and the road have all become pavement.
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Prof
Gloucester
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60 of 70  Fri 17th Aug 2018 9:07am  
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Incidentally, as many probably know, the James Starley statue was moved a few yards from Queen's Grove, near the corner of Queen Victoria Rd, when at one time it had railings round it! Edited by member, 17th Aug 2018 9:07 am
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