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Prof
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16 of 34  Sun 23rd Sep 2018 6:16pm  
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The Stoke Rectory is out of the photo on the left. Church Lane begins LH corner of the picture. Before the Triumph estate was built, there were playing fields. 192 is just out of the photo on the RH side. Same as the houses shown. This was the home of my maternal grandfather who co-founded Coventry City Supporters' Club. The Biggin Hall pub has recently been built in 1923. Photo c.1928?
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Rob Orland
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17 of 34  Sun 23rd Sep 2018 8:51pm  
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I'm glad you mentioned the Rectory, Prof, it's given me a good excuse to show off this fine postcard of it that I got some time ago....
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JohnnieWalker
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18 of 34  Mon 24th Sep 2018 8:16am  
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On 23rd Sep 2018 6:16pm, Prof said:
Some buildings still recognisable!
True Blue Coventry Kid

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Prof
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19 of 34  Mon 24th Sep 2018 2:17pm  
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Rob's 2nd post of the Stoke Rectory. My brother's best friend (later best man) lived next door.The daughter of the Rector was in my class at Stoke National. I was invited in there to play, probably aged about six. I was shown the library (the bay window room at the front), the first time I had ever seen one. We played on the stairs and in the hall. Very large house to a small boy! Sad that it has gone a long time now. Edited by member, 24th Sep 2018 5:22 pm
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Prof
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20 of 34  Tue 25th Sep 2018 9:50am  
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Johnnie Walker Just out of the picture on the right is or was an Accordion shop. This used to be Steven's the chemist when I was a child during the war. I often went in there with my mother as it was originally her home with my grandparents 192 Binley Road. I remember the big glass jars filled with coloured liquid that were traditional. The shop was what had been the lounge or front room of my grandparents.
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Prof
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21 of 34  Sat 29th Sep 2018 7:57pm  
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Another view of Binley Road from Bulls Head/Empress Buildings Cov & N.Warks cricket ground on the right. From 'The Coventry we have lost.' Edited by member, 30th Sep 2018 6:15 pm
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Rob Orland
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22 of 34  Sun 30th Sep 2018 10:13am  
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Wow, what an amazing view Prof, looking out of town from just beyond where Iceland & Lidl now reside. And so narrow, too! Where did you find this super picture?
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Prof
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23 of 34  Sun 30th Sep 2018 5:44pm  
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That is the question Rob! I've had it for so long, I don't know but I suspect I found it on-line (I see it is on line as 'The Coventry we have lost' with others including the tram, and Charterhouse Rd where my Dad and aunt were born.) I've been so familiar with the almost unchanged view on the left at least, though that long wall has probably disappeared. I might have mentioned that just out of the picture on the right were the stocks, nearer to the Bull's Head. Have they survived? I shop at both Iceland and Lidl here but did not know they were in Stoke. My great-aunt lived at one of the houses on the left, about halfway up towards Raleigh Road. I used to visit her some winter evenings when there would be a blazing coal fire in the hearth - a warm welcome. Edited by member, 30th Sep 2018 6:22 pm
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AD
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24 of 34  Mon 1st Oct 2018 10:25am  
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Binley Road Stocks are still there, as is a long fence for the cricket ground
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Prof
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25 of 34  Mon 1st Oct 2018 10:45am  
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Thanks AD, good to know that and thanks for the photo! Knew them through all my childhood. Edited by member, 2nd Oct 2018 9:13 pm
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Kaga simpson
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26 of 34  Mon 1st Oct 2018 12:18pm  
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Some of my happiest memories of those days of Coventry were those long streets where you could see fields out front and fields out back, and you knew everyone in the street, with names like Joey Potts, Tommy Smith and Billy Jones - all you could pronounce and spell and sounded real Coventry. Where there wasn't a tree in the area where I hadn't climbed, a few yards down the road and you were lost from view, no man made noise, where kids could play happily without fear, where starlings sang together, and sparrows. The merriest of little birds twitter and laugh and fight and play just the same as us kids, and kids were as brown as a nut. In winter the snow used to get a lot deeper. That had a way of quietening things down, nice and peaceful, and we kids used to shovel people out and not hang around for money. You didn't do that with neighbours, it was all part of the way of life back then. Just a mile from town and you could walk out into snow, unmarked except for tracks of birds and animals. You could hardly believe people were sipping coffee and reading newspapers a short distance away, unaware of the peace and beauty that surrounded the city. Street after street was like Binley Road, half in half out of Coventry, a community that helped each other, that stuck together - that doesn't seem to happen any more. But there wasn't any money in it so people drifted away, but glad for that experience and background they once had.
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Dreamtime
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27 of 34  Mon 1st Oct 2018 12:45pm  
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Kaga, your words ring true with every line you write. Thumbs up Wave
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Slim
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28 of 34  Mon 1st Oct 2018 1:33pm  
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On 1st Oct 2018 12:18pm, Kaga simpson said: where there wasn't a tree in the area where I hadn't climbed
So did we. It was part of normal growing up and development. You learned not to be daft enough to fall and injure yourself. I can't remember when I last saw kids climbing trees. I daresay it's banned nowadays under the elf'n safety nanny state!
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TSP
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29 of 34  Tue 2nd Oct 2018 2:25am  
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Edited by member, 3rd Oct 2018 1:55 am
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Prof
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30 of 34  Tue 2nd Oct 2018 8:58pm  
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TSP That is a super photo and I believe the Florist/Fruiterer shop is 196 Binley Road. Next door is Kitty Wells, who had the shop still during and after the last war. My grandparents lived at 192 1920-36 approx. It was still a fruit and vegetable shop in the 1950's- 60s but I forget the owner's name. The draper's shop next to It, 198, was run by a Mr & Mrs Barlow. I think Mr Barlow travelled around selling clothing, perhaps as a tally man, though I am not certain. Edited by member, 2nd Oct 2018 9:30 pm
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