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NeilsYard
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1 of 110  Thu 25th Nov 2010 1:49am  
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Apologies if you've seen these already but some very interesting shots here - some really reminded me of growing up in the 80's, especially Coventry Theatre and Pool Meadow - BBC Photos. Post copied from topic CovScape photos on 8th May 2017 2:50 pm
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dutchman
Spon End
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2 of 110  Thu 25th Nov 2010 5:51pm  
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Thanks for the link. I was especially impressed by the photo of the wallpaper dealers in Gosford Street: Chambers Wallpaper. I had assumed from a street directory published in 1939 that it was much closer to the camera than shown in the photo, behind the walls of the GEC goods yard next door. The building was either destroyed in the war or seriously damaged and demolished later as there was no trace of it left when I lived there.
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Midland Red
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3 of 110  Thu 7th Feb 2013 2:45pm  
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Copied from another thread :
On 6th Feb 2013 3:20pm, Foxcote said: I have linked some of my favourite shots from 'Pictures of Coventry'.. Court 11, Gosford Street On 6th Feb 2013 4:28pm, dutchman said: That building had gone by 1960, leaving just a row of cottages behind Lindon's grocery stall. Mr Lindon had gone too and I think his widow who took over the business lived in one of the cottages. The space to the right of the grocer's stall was replaced with an advertising hoarding behind which Mrs Lindon used to dump her old grocery boxes
On 6th Feb 2013 3:20pm, Foxcote said: I have linked some of my favourite shots from 'Pictures of Coventry'.. Gosford Street, showing Old Malt House Building On 6th Feb 2013 4:28pm, dutchman said: That particular building was removed early in the 20th century as it created a bottleneck for traffic and the neighbouring street frontage completely remodelled. For a long time I mistook it for the New Inn which stuck out from the rest of Gosford Street in a similar manner.
On 6th Feb 2013 5:17pm, Foxcote said: This one has an alley leading that says 'White Friars Lane' and there appears to be a plaque on the property to the left on the second floor? Gosford Street, Nos. 111-112 On 6th Feb 2013 5:40pm, dutchman said: Yes, it was Court No.40. All three Tudor buildings in the picture were knocked down circa 1958 to make way for a version of the ring road was then suddenly abandoned. The space was then occupied by temporary buildings with a gap left for pedestrian-only access to Whitefriars Lane.
On 6th Feb 2013 5:20pm, Foxcote said: This one is supposed to be the 'timbered doorway' to the New Inn. Doorway to the New Inn On 6th Feb 2013 5:44pm, dutchman said: That's a view from the backyard of the archway through which freight wagons used to pass. The pubs in Gosford Street were especially attractive to freight wagon drivers and often had stables in the yard.
On 7th Feb 2013 9:13am, Foxcote said: Thanks for all the details regarding the photos, Dutchman. On the 1911 census, I can see all the Courts and the numbering. I found a public house at the opposite end to the 'Mermaid', it was called 'The Newborn'. I wondered whether it was shortened to the 'New Inn'? Or is it a different pub? On 7th Feb 2013 2:44pm, dutchman said: I've not come across it before Foxcote.but census returns are notorious for getting names wrong.
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rob58uk
Tamworth
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4 of 110  Sat 23rd Feb 2013 6:47pm  
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Can you help locate where this photograph was taken? This is a family photograph, my grandfather, who was the village blacksmith of Brinklow (Thomas Henry Edmunds) is second from the right in the front row. I'm guessing this was a Saturday outing to see Coventry City (The Bantams) probably picking up from the villages around Brinklow. There's dating information of the photo, as you can see an advert for the film 'They Gave Him A Gun' which was released in 1937. And it's obviously in the Gosford area, but does anyone know where and if any of the buildings still exist?
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dutchman
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5 of 110  Sat 23rd Feb 2013 7:13pm  
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The picture is of Nos 53-55 Gosford Street between the Co-Op and the New Inn on the north side. The pram dealer's name was D.E. Turner. These particular buildings had gone by 1960 but it's hard to tell from records if that was the result of bomb damage or post-war slum clearance? Nothing remains of the north side of Gosford Street. Sad These are the same buildings viewed from the behind: Pictures of Coventry
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rob58uk
Tamworth
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6 of 110  Sat 23rd Feb 2013 8:32pm  
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Thank you dutchman, you've answered my questions in full and as the site of the Old Gosford Gate is visible in the map, it even shows me where it was in relation to the modern city. Rather a long way to drop off from Highfield Road, so I guess one in the New Inn before taking in the game. In fact I can see 5 pubs in that small segment of Gosford Street, plenty of choice.
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dutchman
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7 of 110  Sat 23rd Feb 2013 9:09pm  
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The leftmost two had closed by 1937 but that still left three to choose from Cheers
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herberts lad
Exhall
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8 of 110  Mon 25th Feb 2013 12:01pm  
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Here is a photograph of my grandparents William and May Petch with my late mother Vera taken in 1924. The reason I have linked this picture is that they lived in the one up one down house immediately behind number 55, unnumbered on the plan. The other part of the block was the outside toilet and coalhouse. It is interesting to note that my grandfather had returned from France having been at the side of Corporal Hutt in the Royal Warwickshire regiment, in the picture he was 26 years old, compare his features with a man of nowadays. My grandmother struggled along in the house as she was both blind and deaf. William worked full time at the Humber and walked to work from there each day. My early days were spent helping gran shopping and doing chores so I remember the area well. The houses were still there in 1954, gran moved out after William's death and came to live with us in St Margarets Road. The houses were demolished soon afterwards.
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mick
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9 of 110  Mon 25th Feb 2013 2:15pm  
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I remember I used to walk back this way from Highfield Road and the one place I recall [and I think it was probably no56] was Luckman's second hand shop. I seem to remember the property was demolished and the shop moved just round the corner - the other side of the New Inn. It was good for books [often displayed outside] and a real Aladdin's cave inside. Incidentally the first address I have for my greatgrandfather in Coventry in the 1860s was 62 Gosford Street.
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dutchman
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10 of 110  Mon 25th Feb 2013 6:39pm  
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On 25th Feb 2013 12:01pm, herberts lad said: The houses were still there in 1954, gran moved out after William's death and came to live with us in St Margarets Road. The houses were demolished soon afterwards.
Thanks for that Herbert's Lad Thumbs up I had a feeling they might be. I suspect they were demolished like many others after the Coventry polio scare of 1956 although there is no evidence that old buildings had anything to do with the outbreak.
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dutchman
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11 of 110  Mon 25th Feb 2013 6:43pm  
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On 25th Feb 2013 2:15pm, mick said: I remember I used to walk back this way from Highfield Road and the one place I recall [and I think it was probably no56] was Luckman's second hand shop.
Yes it was. Smile
On 25th Feb 2013 2:15pm, mick said: I seem to remember the property was demolished and the shop moved just round the corner - the other side of the New Inn.
I think they moved progressively further and further away from No56 Gosford Street, ending eventually part-way up Far Gosford Street.
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Primrose
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12 of 110  Fri 12th Apr 2013 1:09pm  
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My mother was told that her grandmother was born in 1868 in Blue Pig Yard, which was "off Gosford Street, on the left hand side of the street going away from town, before the New Inn". I've tried googling, and do not seem to have the hang of finding things on the Old Maps site, so I am hoping someone can point me in the right direction to find out some information about it. It's Blue Pig Yard I'm interested in. Mum, a lifelong Coventrian, has never heard of it except in the context of her Gran's birthplace. Thanks!
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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13 of 110  Fri 12th Apr 2013 1:15pm  
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Primrose: I found this for someone else who was asking about The Blue Pig PH : The Blue Pig - it appears on Old Maps in 1888 between Ct13 and Ct14, and it is still marked on the 1905 map - this would make it no.33 Gosford Street In Stennells 1912 Directory no.33 is Pennant Engineering Co (sidecar specialists) so it looks as if it ceased to be a pub in the early years of the 20th century The 1901 Census for no.33 shows Joseph Haycock, licensed victualler, but no reference to a pub name, and in 1911 there is a tailor living at no.33
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dutchman
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14 of 110  Fri 12th Apr 2013 1:29pm  
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LOL, it was officlally the Blue Boar Inn but locally referred to as the 'Blue Pig'. It became a cafe around 1907 but was the oddly-named 'Jordan Well Post Office' when I lived in Gosford Street: Edited by member, 9th Sep 2015 1:11 pm
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Primrose
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15 of 110  Fri 12th Apr 2013 3:05pm  
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Thank you very much, gentlemen, for your responses. Mum will have no problem knowing where this was. My money is on Court 14 being Blue Pig Yard but it could easily be Court 13, I suppose. Thanks again!
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