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walrus
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166 of 181  Tue 27th Sep 2016 4:21pm  
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Thanks for the pictures MR. I almost wrote "lovely pictures" but that would have been a mistake. There are, however a few interesting art deco features. Kaga, you are absolutely right, the wages at the Co-op were very poor. I don't think there were any official perks. In 1963, for a few short months I was a junior assistant at the grocery shop on the princely sum of £3.15s a week. I gave my mum £3 and had the 15 bob for myself. In the early sixties there was still a community feel about the area, the cop shop was in Holmsdale Rd and every type of shop nearby, the park was safe. Happy, but skint, days.
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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167 of 181  Tue 27th Sep 2016 5:31pm  
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Hi Walrus. That former Co-op is still a thriving business, now called Opus. It is actually a great place, with probably the best range of fruit and veg in Coventry. We visit whenever we are in Coventry; the last time we wanted aubergines to make a curry and they had five different types! Inside they have every imaginable ingredient for Asian cooking, and then some. All good value too, no doubt because of local competition. The old police station in Holmsdale Road is now a free car park. We usually park there when in the area. We often have lunch around there, either at the Standard for the best chicken curry in Coventry, or opposite at Nima's, a vegetarian place who do the most incredible masala dosas. Asian food is usually so much better when they are actually catering for Asians. Big grin
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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168 of 181  Thu 9th Mar 2017 8:53am  
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Apartments project Oh my
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keeepa
coventry
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169 of 181  Fri 24th Mar 2017 9:20am  
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A forlorn hope!!! As part of another project I am researching the history of Coventry Co-op and I know in the past there was a book published called "A century of service". I would really like access to this book or to know where I can buy one???? Anyone any ideas on this or a general history of the Co-op. Many thanks.
jeff

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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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170 of 181  Fri 24th Mar 2017 12:08pm  
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Hi Keepa. I have not come across that book but there is a very good one, Coventry Perseverance Co-operative Society, Jubilee History 1867-1917, published in March 1917. (I have a copy but I don't want to part with it !) There are copies of that for sale on www.abebooks.co.uk. Good luck in your search for the other one.
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keeepa
coventry
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171 of 181  Fri 24th Mar 2017 3:30pm  
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Thanks Anne, that was very helpful, I will follow it up!!!
jeff

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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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172 of 181  Sun 26th Mar 2017 6:38pm  
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Hi Keeepa, If you have no luck purchasing a copy of that "Co-operative Society, Jubilee History 1867-1917" book that Anne mentioned, let me know. I have a copy that, if I'm honest, I'm unlikely to ever read, as it's not exactly a subject I have a particular connection with!
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keeepa
coventry
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173 of 181  Tue 28th Mar 2017 7:46am  
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Hey Rob, that's great news that you have a copy and I'd love to get my hands on it. I would happily buy/make a donation to charity for it and ensure that after I have used it I would donate it to the Coventry History Centre so that it would be kept safe for the future. Perhaps you could contact me and we can sort it out. Once again, many thanks. Regards.
jeff

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Midland Red
Cherwell
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174 of 181  Fri 14th Jul 2017 2:26pm  
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Redevelopment work to commence - report
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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175 of 181  Tue 22nd Aug 2017 3:07am  
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Moseley Ave/Barker Butts Lane
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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176 of 181  Tue 22nd Aug 2017 7:59am  
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That will be the site of Andy Blair's shop, I think Thumbs up
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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177 of 181  Thu 14th Sep 2017 6:34pm  
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Report that Heart of England Co-op are to close the Willenhall store in Remembrance Road
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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178 of 181  Mon 25th Jun 2018 11:36pm  
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Rob's got a much better picture of it here, Prof Thumbs up Post copied from topic Fleet Street on 26th Jun 2018 12:37 pm
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Prof
Gloucester
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179 of 181  Tue 26th Jun 2018 11:32am  
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That is super photo Neil. Thanks so much. I only knew it after the blitz when part of the ground floor was used offices for the membership and, I believe, an office where my grandmother used to take rents she collected. I used to go there with her. (I can still recite the Co-op membership numbers in Coventry for my parents and grandmother. Ingrained forever in the memory!) Later when the new Co-op store opened in Corporation St I worked in the men's outfitting department during my vacations from College in Bristol. The pay was also good compared with other similar businesses. Nice to see in the later photo the corner red brick building with stone facings, I think was Hawkins linens and bedwear! Edited by member, 26th Jun 2018 11:33 am
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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180 of 181  Tue 26th Jun 2018 12:07pm  
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Prof, may I ask what years did you work at the Co. in Corporation St.?

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