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Foxcote
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1 of 38  Sun 30th Jun 2013 6:24pm  
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Water pumps were such a necessity in the old days. I wonder whether more could be spotted in the old photographs, the design on the pump linked here looks a familiar design on other 'pillars' that I have seen of old pictures around the town (minus the spout). Water Pump, Pool Meadow This is what I thought was the same shape top... Little Park Street/St. John Street
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Dreamtime
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2 of 38  Mon 1st Jul 2013 2:54am  
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Great old black and whites Foxcote. I was drawn to the house in the background in Little Park St., it looked old then so I can only imagine what it looked like inside. There must have been water pumps all round Coventry in that era, first I have seen shown though without a trough. Wink Wave
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rehydratecoventry
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3 of 38  Mon 29th Jan 2018 3:37pm  
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I want to create a list of the disused drinking fountains around Coventry, with a view to getting them restored and turned on again. Do you know of any? Even better have you got any pictures of their current/former state? They have restored the one in Earlsdon by the Memorial Park, and we want to get them to restore/install new ones across the city. Thanks for any help. We are starting the campaign today and we welcome any help offered! We are on twitter @hydrationstati3 and email via the contact button Edited by Midland Red, 29th Jan 2018 7:38 pm (Email address removed for security - contact button available for forum members use)
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Helen F
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4 of 38  Mon 29th Jan 2018 7:02pm  
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The only drinking fountain I know of was the one that stood outside St John's. Very fancy affair. While I love tap water, I wouldn't want to drink from a drinking fountain unless it could be protected from people accidentally or deliberately contaminating it. A foot trigger rather than a handle would be better too. But offering more hydration gets my thumbs up. Thumbs up Thumbs up Edited by member, 29th Jan 2018 7:03 pm
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coventry49
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5 of 38  Mon 29th Jan 2018 8:49pm  
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I think there may have been an old one in Stoke Green, somewhere near the paddling pool and a more modern one inside the Memorial Park, one you had to put your mouth over and get a face full!
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OldCaludonian
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6 of 38  Mon 29th Jan 2018 9:54pm  
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You perhaps know of the water trough erected by the Coventry Chain Company on Hearsall Common as a memorial to the 47 employees who died in Great War. The actual trough has been lost but the impressive 'tower' has been re-erected in Spon End. See the Coventry Society website.
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coventry49
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7 of 38  Tue 30th Jan 2018 9:31am  
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Speaking of troughs - there was a Victorian horse trough on the London Road, at the bottom of the common not far from the end of Daventry Road in the direction of the city centre. I know it was still there in the 1950s/60s.
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Midland Red
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8 of 38  Tue 30th Jan 2018 11:51am  
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Cattle trough, Stoke Green - 15 Jul 2013
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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9 of 38  Tue 30th Jan 2018 12:28pm  
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Rob 'saved' this pair from the Council Library collection -
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Midland Red
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10 of 38  Tue 30th Jan 2018 1:42pm  
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Top one looks like Priory Street, with the Art School in the background No sign of any bus shelters in Pool Meadow though Wink
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Ronald34
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11 of 38  Tue 30th Jan 2018 1:43pm  
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There used to be a horse drinking trough in Queen's Road, not far from Percy Blamire's garage. It may have been removed when the tram lines were taken up.
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rehydratecoventry
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12 of 38  Tue 30th Jan 2018 8:17pm  
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Thanks for all the help so far! If you can think of any others please let us know.
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Garlands Joke Shop
Coventry
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13 of 38  Tue 30th Jan 2018 8:28pm  
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On 30th Jan 2018 1:43pm, Ronald34 said: There used to be a horse drinking trough in Queen's Road, not far from Percy Blamire's garage. It may have been removed when the tram lines were taken up.
Is this the drinking fountain/trough you're referring to? This water fountain/trough is dedicated to Caroline (Cara) Bray (1814-1905) and her husband Charles Bray (1811-1884). Here is another view of the trough from the side. Edited by member, 30th Jan 2018 9:26 pm
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Ronald34
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14 of 38  Tue 30th Jan 2018 11:40pm  
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I don't ever recall it looking so good as the photo. Although I cannot believe there could have been two so close together.
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Helen F
Warrington
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15 of 38  Wed 31st Jan 2018 7:36am  
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Not the same thing as drinking fountains but I know where some of the hand pumps (like the picture above), conduits and wells were. If they're of interest?
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