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Helen F
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16 of 34  Wed 3rd Jul 2019 12:25pm  
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It does Neil, although the bridge says that they were contemporary. Camera view vs eye view are often quite different. The black and white also makes the scene look dark and grungy. Certainly that end was wider than the entrance to Vicar Lane. I find it very hard to judge vertical scale - part of the reason I'm not whistling along with the buildings.
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Kaga simpson
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17 of 34  Wed 3rd Jul 2019 1:58pm  
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Helen F. The printing works were the old Coventry Mercury, adjoining that was Wyley chemical works - the shop was up a few steps. It had two windows - in one hung a preserved green lizard. A man named Acroyd from Palace Yard built Wyleys chemical works and warehouses at the time Hertford Street was built, and a linen draper held the corner shop before the alteration was made. An engraving of the time showed a man and women kissing under Peeping Tom. The Kings Head was then built and Peeping Tom transferred to the Kings Head. Opposite the linen draper was a Mr Moy and between him and the next building was a winding passageway behind Broadgate, which led past the Three Tuns, ending at the Castle in the corner of old Cross Cheaping. At the corner of Broadgate and High Street was Loveitts, then Goodmans, then the Coventry Standard, and next to that was the narrow passageway of Pepper Lane.
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NeilsYard
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18 of 34  Fri 5th Jul 2019 2:24pm  
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Did we confirm the bridge was for the printing works?
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Helen F
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19 of 34  Fri 5th Jul 2019 3:30pm  
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In the 1912/13 directory it only mentions - George Downing - cycle repairer Lee Beesley & Co - electrical engineers (I've heard that name in modern times) Back entrance to the Empire Theatre Iliffe and Sons - printers Even the pub isn't mentioned by then - which would tie in with the lack of sign in the photo. So I think it probably belonged to the printers. Edited by member, 5th Jul 2019 3:42 pm
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Helen F
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20 of 34  Fri 5th Jul 2019 3:49pm  
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Lee Beesley And from reading that page, it looks like the building on the east side of the bridge was Lee Beesley's but that they were a partnership with Iliffe (the link says Iliffe but we know better). So we still don't know who had the billiard tables but it could have been either company or it might have been just an advert for someone else. Oh, and I almost certainly have come across this company as a contractor to the place/s I worked. Edited by member, 5th Jul 2019 4:06 pm
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Kaga simpson
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21 of 34  Sat 6th Jul 2019 2:08pm  
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Helen, Could you tell me if that's Vicar Lane that you can just see, next to the Kings Head, in post #1 of this topic. Also, where would the Corn Exchange have been? Thanking you in anticipation, Kaga.
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Helen F
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22 of 34  Sat 6th Jul 2019 2:44pm  
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You can't see the entrance to Vicar Lane in that image, it's off to the right along Smithford Street. The Corn Exchange/Empire Theatre (second one) was just beyond the hotel, down Hertford Street. The entrance to Vicar Lane on Smithford Street is at the dot in the photo below though it's not very clear. There aren't any photos I know of that show the area properly. It was roughly opposite Market Street. This picture is looking east towards Broadgate. The Kings Head is out of sight beyond the tall buildings on the right. It might help to look at this map to orientate yourself. Old map of Smithford Street - needs Flash Player to run. Edited by member, 6th Jul 2019 2:58 pm
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Kaga simpson
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23 of 34  Sat 6th Jul 2019 4:01pm  
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Brilliant, Helen - thank you. Can't believe there was once a time I was amongst that scene, how much we lost in one night. I struggle to remember, the hub of Coventry, almost a century ago, gone in a flash, or so it seems - no traffic lights, no buses, the policeman in white gloves orchestrating everything at the top of the street, a generation ago, old women, baby carriages, horse and carts, a number of Kings, rising and falling, all in one lifetime.
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Helen F
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24 of 34  Sat 6th Jul 2019 4:46pm  
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Prof
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25 of 34  Fri 12th Jul 2019 8:55am  
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Helen, post 22. What are those tall towers, centre left at top of photo? Any idea? Is that gabled building the Dorothy café perhaps? Edited by member, 12th Jul 2019 8:56 am
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Helen F
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26 of 34  Fri 12th Jul 2019 9:22am  
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What you can see in the background on post 22 Prof, is the north side of the High Street from the corner of Bayley Lane onwards. I think that the 'towers' are chimneys on one of the taller brick buildings about half way to Hay Lane, assuming that we're talking about the same features. To put the view in context, below is the image it was taken from.
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Dreamtime
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27 of 34  Fri 12th Jul 2019 1:00pm  
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I wonder when the actual 'good old days' were. I think we all have our own versions of such times. With the city changing so often I have lost track and very little of the Coventry I knew. I love all the old photos you members send in and most of them take me back to my version of the good old days. Didn't have those darned mobiles for a start. Roll eyes
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NeilsYard
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28 of 34  Fri 12th Jul 2019 1:07pm  
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I hear you Dream although it would have been rather handy for us photo-hunters if they would have had mobile-phone cameras pre-war! Big grin
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Dreamtime
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29 of 34  Fri 12th Jul 2019 3:37pm  
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Agreed Neil, but I still don't like em' ! Wink
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Prof
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30 of 34  Fri 12th Jul 2019 7:25pm  
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Thank you Helen!
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