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NeilsYard
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196 of 202  Mon 13th Jan 2020 1:00pm  
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The Co-op on Fleet St 1957 from the newly released Historic England collection so (c) to them.
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Kaga simpson
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197 of 202  Tue 14th Jan 2020 10:35am  
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B..... brilliant, 17 years on and the Co-op opened its doors to 'temp' shops, yet Owens rebuilt a huge store, the Leofric opened its doors and across the road the Casino Cafe 'temp' shop had been open for more than ten years.
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NeilsYard
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198 of 202  Fri 7th Feb 2020 10:03am  
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Does anyone know when the large Smithford Street store in Rob’s photo below was built?
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Midland Red
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199 of 202  Fri 7th Feb 2020 10:39am  
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Neil, the information is in the archive - here is the index. Chapters XVI to XVIII would seem to cover the new building Thumbs up
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Helen F
Warrington
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200 of 202  Fri 7th Feb 2020 11:01am  
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Right book MR Thumbs up but the Smithford Street section was later. They started in West Orchard and worked their way round. The main building wasn't completed until 1916. See timeline on page 302 with photo on page 305. At a later date (I think that it's captured in Britain From Above) they demolish the Britannia Music Hall (drapery dept), plus more buildings and extend up Smithford Street. Part of that extension had to build over the river. Thanks for reminding me of the book, I can now place more of the images in it than the last time I looked. Thumbs up Britannia Hall still there in 1920 Building up Smithford Street in 1931 Looks complete by 1935 at least Edited by member, 7th Feb 2020 11:47 am
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NeilsYard
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201 of 202  Fri 7th Feb 2020 2:19pm  
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Yes thanks Cliff, not seen that book before Thumbs up or perhaps I did but had also forgotten about it. The only reason I ask is I was trying to fit in this picture I posted ages ago of Gibneys on the corner and the adjoining building with this one on FB Dutchman mentioned that the 'Old Boot Hall' emerged from what was the Britannia Music Hall but that appears further away from the corner of West Orchard? Was the Gibneys building cleared much earlier than that then? Edited by member, 7th Feb 2020 2:24 pm
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Helen F
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Gibneys was replaced by the tall building on the corner (see page 305 of the book and the 1920 aerial pic for the halfway point). That aerial shot shows you the Britannia Hall and then to the right of that, your picture of Smithford Street fits with about half a building missing.
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