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PhilipInCoventry
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61 of 70  Fri 1st Feb 2013 7:08pm  
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On 1st Feb 2013 3:46pm, Dreamtime said: I reckon you are doing an excellent job Foxcote, plenty of old photos coming in to talk about. Thumbs up
Too true, thank you Dreamtime. Cheers Thumbs up Wave
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mickw
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62 of 70  Sun 17th Nov 2013 11:56am  
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On 17th Apr 2012 3:08pm, mikeshaw said:
On 29th Feb 2012 12:59pm, Steve1966 said: Hi all, I'm a Coventry kid and a member of the Francis-Barnett Owner's Club. F-B made motorcycles in Lower Ford Street (opposite the Baptist Church) from 1920 to 1963. The factory was demolished to make way for the ring road and the company moved to Greet in Birmingham before closing in 1966. As far as the club are aware there are no known photos of the factory (other than the RAF aerial survey pics). If anyone has or knows of any I would be extremely pleased to see them.
No real information but remember a trip from my school in The Potteries about 61/62 to visit Standard Triumph to see production line. Mate and I snook off at lunchtime, found Lower Ford St. Looked through some open doors & saw lots of Fulmars A/W despatch. Amazing sight! Rode one few yrs later & enjoyed it. Looked futuristic! Looks a bit pathetic now. Went after, University, to work for BSA, spent very happy 18 mths at Triumph Meriden then worked in Sales for Honda UK. Now retired. Ah Nostalgia, pass me my rose tinted specs!
Hi Mike, I too remember those doors and looking at a long row of bikes it used to fascinate us as kids there never seemed to be anyone inside to shoo us off Thumbs up
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Helen F
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63 of 70  Fri 22nd Nov 2013 10:33pm  
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Some great pictures of Much Park Street. Just when I think I've seen everything on the net somebody pulls another one out of the bag. Thanks Thumbs up
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matchle55
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64 of 70  Tue 11th Feb 2014 4:02pm  
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Hello, everyone, another Coventry kid here, as you can see by my name I'm also a keen motorcyclist. Smile Smile Smile As a youngster both sets of grandparents lived in Hillfields and we lived in Tile Hill so we used to catch the 8 or 8a Tile Hill South from Pool Meadow. I have good memories of standing looking through the doors of Francis Barnett in Lower Ford St watching the bikes being made, on a fine day they were lined up against the wall outside. Needless to say I've had a couple of FBs in the past. I wonder if anyone has any photos of the factory?
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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65 of 70  Sun 27th Sep 2015 7:04pm  
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1928 Francis Barnett No.9 Sports (SV4886), seen yesterday at Cranford, Northants Thumbs up
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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66 of 70  Mon 12th Oct 2015 9:18am  
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Classic Coventry motorcycle marque back on the streets after 50 years Oh my
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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67 of 70  Mon 27th Jun 2016 11:31am  
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1948 Francis-Barnett Power Bike reg. FHV68, "The Bloxham Rally" Thumbs up
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Steve1966
Bedworth
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68 of 70  Thu 28th Jul 2016 12:47pm  
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After many months we in the Francis Barnett club have made some progress but still no photograph has been found showing the Francis Barnett factory with their name across the front. The pic below is the closest we've got which shows the previous occupants Bayliss, Thomas and Company which I believe an FB forum member (Excelsior Man) got from Harriet at the Herbert Museum. They were certainly there in 1897 and the buildings date from 1895 I believe. According to the map below they occupied the whole corner from Cox Street to the river and along Lower Ford Street past the kink in the road. The FB factory was only the from the left edge of the photo and included just the first building after the chimney I believe. I'm still sure we will find a picture one day even if it is only a family pic of kids playing in the street with the factory in the background. Steve. EDIT: I've just remembered (I am nearly 50!) that I did find some grainy pictures from the aerial surveys that do show the front of the factory but I'm sure we can do better. Edited by member, 28th Jul 2016 1:19 pm
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PaulMarie
Nuneaton
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69 of 70  Mon 16th Oct 2017 9:57am  
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On 29th Feb 2012 2:58pm, Midland Red said: Gordon Inglesby Francis founded both Francis-Barnett and Lea-Francis, according to the following Wiki pages : Francis-Barnett Lea-Francis
Just thought I would point out that it was Graham Francis (Gordon's father) co-founded Lea-Francis and Gordon Francis co-founded Francis-Barnett
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Midland Red
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70 of 70  Mon 16th Oct 2017 12:18pm  
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You are quite correct - apologies for my mis-reading of the Wikipedia pages Oh my Sad
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