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Prof
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91 of 98  Mon 29th Apr 2019 8:42am  
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Nice view of Fire Station in its setting. Andrea Lowry
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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92 of 98  Mon 29th Apr 2019 7:03pm  
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Prof, What year was the above taken, the cars look much older than the photo seems to represent? I'm thinking of the missing cottages, the cobblestones etc.
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Prof
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93 of 98  Mon 29th Apr 2019 8:03pm  
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I would have thought 20s or early 30s but I cannot tell as the photo came via Internet.

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mcsporran
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94 of 98  Wed 1st May 2019 2:05am  
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The bus station in Pool Meadow opened in 1931, so it's not before then. Also according to the photo on this site, the left side 3 bays hadn't been added until 1937 at least. Edited by member, 1st May 2019 2:25 am
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Kaga simpson
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95 of 98  Wed 1st May 2019 3:26pm  
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Those cars look pretty old to me. In September 1939 Coventry Fire Brigade employed three females as clerks, as Auxiliary Fire Service mainly on the switchboard. At the same time practically all the Coventry City Football team joined as well. It was a happy time for all, and the men respected the women and kept their swearing down, as we did in those days. It lasted a year, then the raids started, the station phones got very busy with calls of fires. Then the station got hit and they coped with the fires from incendiary bombs, then water poured through the ceiling causing the the switchboard to short circuit with sparks flying around. Then the phones went dead; their only communication with fire crews was through young messengers. Then the water in the mains ceased, without water a hopeless task. One young boy messenger popped in and out all night taking messages, and asked about his father who was a station officer in the brigade. They had been instructed not to tell him that his father had been killed outside Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital.
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matchle55
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96 of 98  Wed 1st May 2019 8:12pm  
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Kaga, My late father was a boy messenger for the AFS, he was based in Paynes Lane. I never knew of this until I found his lanyard and whistle, it was only then he spoke of what he had done and seen. I never asked again.
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pixrobin
Canley
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97 of 98  Fri 3rd May 2019 2:42pm  
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An up to date view of the Hales Street Fire station taken 30/04/2019. I hadn't realised that the area was so cluttered with street furniture.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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98 of 98  Tue 7th May 2019 9:13am  
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matchle55 They did a fantastic job, and I remember, if all is now forgotten, the statue outside the Station should be to the heroes of the Fire Service. In a time that will never be seen again, no words, no photographs can come near the actual experience they underwent for Coventry, in Coventry's darkest hour.
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