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dutchman
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1 of 202  Wed 23rd Mar 2011 11:10pm  
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Architecture: Cluttering up Gibson's Coventry I especially liked:
Most intrusive of all is the escalator, covered in green glass, that juts into the middle of the Upper Precinct like a derailed train.
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The frontage of West Orchards, on Smithford Way, has a light grey covering that makes it look like a giant convector heater. It is totally out of scale with its surroundings.
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Genghis Smith
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2 of 202  Thu 13th Oct 2011 6:06pm  
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My mate in Bristol has just sent me this photo of the Precinct. Would anybody have an idea of the date? I'm guessing 66-67. Also, any ideas what the GPO ticket-type machines are next to the phone boxes? (Stamps?) I kind of remember town being like that, but you know what childhood memories are like. Thanks. Thumbs up
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dutchman
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3 of 202  Thu 13th Oct 2011 6:18pm  
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Market Way looking towards Smithford Way. Woolworths on the left, British Home Stores on the right. Yes they are stamps and I bought some I didn't need just to see how the machine works! Blush There was also a huge scrolling map in a glass display case nearby with "You are here" marked on it. You're not far off with the date, I would guess a bit earlier, 1963-65 as the trees are still very immature. Oh and I bet the girl with her knickers showing is sorry she ever signed up here now! Lol
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Genghis Smith
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4 of 202  Thu 13th Oct 2011 6:41pm  
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Thanks, Dutchman. I was born in '63, so I probably remember a later version. Still familiar, though.
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Genghis Smith
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5 of 202  Thu 13th Oct 2011 7:12pm  
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Here's one of the arcade from the same book.
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dutchman
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6 of 202  Thu 13th Oct 2011 7:36pm  
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Great pic, thanks! Thumbs up
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Genghis Smith
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7 of 202  Thu 13th Oct 2011 8:09pm  
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The pics are from a 1968 book about shopping in Coventry. I will post more when I get them. Thanks. Thumbs up
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dutchman
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8 of 202  Thu 13th Oct 2011 8:29pm  
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On 13th Oct 2011 8:09pm, Genghis Smith said: The pics are from a 1968 book about shopping in Coventry.
In that case your estimate of the date for the pictures is probably much closer than mine Blush
On 13th Oct 2011 8:09pm, Genghis Smith said: I will post more when I get them. Thanks. Thumbs up
Looking forward to those Cheers
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TonyS
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9 of 202  Fri 14th Oct 2011 1:57pm  
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On 13th Oct 2011 7:12pm, Genghis Smith said:
Good grief! The sign in the top-left (showing an ear and the words "HI-FI") was above the shop where I worked in 1965! It was RES (Radio Electrical Services). I worked all-day part-time on a Saturday there for £1 a week. The government then reduced the hours that a young person could work to just 4 hours so my earnings halved overnight. I then went on to work full-time at their branch in Far Gosford Street when I first left school (for £5 a week) - moving back to the City Arcade around 1966. It was brilliant, I would go out in my lunch hour, up to Jill Hansons record shop in Smithford Way to buy the latest records (which was actually to the left of the telephones in the first pic - next to Woolies), then return and play it full blast on one of the rather expensive hi-fi setups that we had on display upstairs in the showroom. I also used to buy my lunch from the bakers shop, fifth down on the right - with a "loaf" sign above it (no more clues) I would get two (yes TWO) big baguette type batches filled with hot pork and apple sauce. Actually they were made from a long french stick which would be cut into three - for 2 shillings each - I've just realised, I spent nearly a quarter of my earnings on my lunch! Happy days! Big grin [Edit] To the OP, what is the name/ISBN of the book - I'd love to find it Cheers
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TonyS
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10 of 202  Fri 14th Oct 2011 7:40pm  
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Can anyone remember the gents barber shop that was the first shop on the right as you entered the arcade from the birdcage? I can't recall whether it was part of the Timpsons shoe repairs or was it a separate to the right of that in the pic? Smile
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PhilipInCoventry
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11 of 202  Sat 15th Oct 2011 8:31am  
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Greetings from the Coventry 'Riviera' It's good to be back home. Hope all are well.
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Genghis Smith
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12 of 202  Sat 15th Oct 2011 7:45pm  
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I don't have a copy of the book myself, but I think it was a privately printed/commissioned booklet, so I don't think it has an ISBN, will look into it.
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TonyS
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13 of 202  Sat 15th Oct 2011 8:07pm  
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That would be great - thanks. Cheers
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Genghis Smith
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14 of 202  Mon 17th Oct 2011 10:52am  
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No ISBN, but here is a link
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Midland Red
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15 of 202  Mon 17th Oct 2011 11:38am  
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Thanks for the link! Great to see
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