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91 of 100  Mon 27th Feb 2017 5:01pm  
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Nurses Home, Stoney Stanton Road - c1903 and 2009 Thumbs up
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92 of 100  Sun 26th Aug 2018 6:14pm  
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On 5th Dec 2013 12:00pm, PhilipInCoventry said: Hi all, Can anyone add info about this building near to the Cov & Warks Hospital please. It is near to the Swanswell.
The part of the building looking like an inverted cone was the Eye Department, when it became C&WW Hospital. I was taken there, a babe in arms,to have tear ducts opened as they were not functioning properly. I rather think by the 50s it had become an Xray Department as I was again a patient, this time with eczema on my hands, and the treatment then was what were called 'deep xrays.' The building can be seen in this shot from Jesson St. Edited by member, 26th Aug 2018 6:18 pm
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Rob Orland
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93 of 100  Thu 28th Mar 2019 6:12pm  
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On 26th Apr 2012 12:06pm, Elaine said: I would really like to know if there is a reason for the crocodiles on the nurses residence walls? They are quite hard to pick out as they are painted black but definitely crocs or maybe alligators.
I know several years have passed, but a lady has contacted me with an idea on this question, so I thought it might be of interest to share it. She has learned that to place a symbol of an alligator or crocodile (based upon Sobek, an ancient Egyptian "crocodile" god) on a new building, symbolises growth & regeneration and gives the opportunity to gain wisdom and absorb knowledge. I've no reason to disbelieve this, especially as much of our heritage contains symbolism - particularly our coat of arms.
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Derrickarthur
Coventry
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94 of 100  Thu 28th Mar 2019 9:14pm  
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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95 of 100  Fri 29th Mar 2019 10:47am  
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The hospital didn't suffer much in Nov 40, it lost the laundry, the medical stores, and a direct hit on the matron's quarters but she wasn't there at the time. But in April a different story. There were three theatres going, what could be saved went to outside hospitals, the rest walked to the nurses' home, laid out on stretchers, one woman taken there with stitches said "I'm not going in there with all the dead", so the nurse asked them to put their hands up to show they weren't.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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96 of 100  Fri 29th Mar 2019 11:06am  
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To me it shows once again how beautiful that area must have been so close to the centre of the city with the trees and birds and streams, that they built beautiful buildings to go with it as Philip's photo shows.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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97 of 100  Tue 2nd Apr 2019 1:21pm  
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On 19th Dec 2013 4:35pm, Ladyburdy said: I have been researching the octagonal building for some time now and came across these pictures of interest.
Everyone in their Sunday best, no music, no wireless, no telephone, no children's play area, no tissues or cleansing cream, no kids moving around. In fact it was so quiet you dare not ask where the toilet was out loud, you had to whisper in mother's ear, the toilet chain so strong you had to almost swing on it. Most door handles were big brass knobs, if you ate a toffee, put your fingers in your mouth to free it, then those door knobs became sticky. Boys were seen, not to be heard, you had to sit still and quiet but it taught you patience. Only the screech of the trams outside. The photo - only the clothes had changed slightly in the thirties.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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98 of 100  Mon 8th Apr 2019 1:53pm  
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Yes, as soon as I saw these photo's I knew I had been in the place as a small child but not a patient, I also knew there was something I didn't like about them, like a darkness in my mind but couldn't think what. So after a few days it was still bugging me - I looked at some old photo's (Cov Carnivals, post #75) of when I was a small child, and I knew the darkness. There is my young sister, two years younger than me, sitting in the crook of my father's right arm, with a heart condition - never made her 6th birthday. Pushed around Coventry in a pram, in the carnival, helping to raise money for that very same hospital.
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Helen F
Warrington
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99 of 100  Mon 8th Apr 2019 2:21pm  
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Sorry to hear that Kaga. I spent a lot of time in NHS waiting rooms as a child with a variety of ailments. However I once broke the silence by looking the guy sat next to my mum in the eye and announcing cheerfully 'I've got germs. Great big hairy ones!' Needless to say he moved, pretending to get a newspaper but mainly to avoid my hairy germs. Got me a seat and my mum almost had a hernia trying not to laugh.
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Mr Blue Sky
Abingdon, Oxfordshire
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100 of 100  Mon 8th Apr 2019 11:37pm  
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I spent several weeks in C&W Hospital in 1950. One evening at supper time they had the radio on and there was an open back speaker above my bed. I decided to peel a jaffa orange and was throwing the peel in the air and catching it until one piece of it landed behind the radio speaker and whatever was on the radio stopped playing. I hid under the bed sheets waiting for the staff to come and tell me off, but the radio came back on saying they had a problem much to my relief.
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