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Midland Red

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256 of 266  Thu 26th May 2016 3:10pm  
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Livingstone Road site to become GP surgery and home for mentally ill Smile
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Little Nut
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257 of 266  Wed 1st Jun 2016 9:42pm  
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On 7th Mar 2016 7:32pm, SueL said: I have memories of going to three swimming pools in Coventry, between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s: The first one was the main swimming baths in Coventry. I was a member of the Godiva Swimming Club (Tuesday evenings)
I was also a member of Cov Godiva Ladies swimming club on Tuesdays. I found learning to swim with 2 rings and 2 wooden boards too difficult, so my parents decided that their money would be better spent at Cov Swimming Club on Fridays. I remember a belt being put around me, under my arms. It was attached to a rope which the teacher held and pulled in as I swam along. This was late 1950s as I got my 30 yard certificate when I was 6 years old. Another trick to entice us to be able to swim the whole length was to dangle the belt in front of your nose as you swam, a bit like a donkey and a carrot on a stick. I think my teacher was Mrs Mills or Miles, but I dreaded being so proficient that I would have to move up to Mr Moffats group as he shouted a lot and made you do butterfly. I can confirm that the deep end was 10ft 6in and the shallow end 3ft. I was also pushed in when trying to negotiate the steps - mind you it gave me confidence because having touched the bottom I came up again ad didnt drown. I also remember watching the new baths being built and many good times there as well, but 50m was a lot further than 30yds ! Wink
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Kaga simpson
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258 of 266  Thu 22nd Sep 2016 6:49pm  
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1951 Gosford Cold?? Why did I spare so many clothing coupons.
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mcsporran
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259 of 266  Sun 18th Dec 2016 5:44pm  
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According to the latest Citivision magazine distributed by the council. the new central baths will not only be shorter at 25 metres but also narrower, just four lanes wide. So actually not even a quarter of the size of the current main pool and presumably nowhere near as deep either. Edited by member, 18th Dec 2016 5:48 pm
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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260 of 266  Mon 19th Dec 2016 1:59am  
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Malvern
Somerset
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261 of 266  Mon 19th Dec 2016 7:38pm  
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I was learning to swim at the main baths in the early 70's. Having mastered the breaststroke and backstroke, I remember Mr Moffat saying that next week we would be starting on front crawl. Unfortunately we were contacted during the week to be told that Mr Moffat had suffered a (fatal?) heart attack. I never attended swimming lessons again and still can't do the front crawl to this day!
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Midland Red

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262 of 266  Sat 24th Dec 2016 5:42pm  
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Great views from the top of One Friargate in this Telegraph article Thumbs up (which also includes photos of "Coventry buildings that are gone but not forgotten"). Post copied from topic Aerial Views of Coventry on 25th Dec 2016 12:38 pm
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PhilipInCoventry
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263 of 266  Sun 25th Dec 2016 9:21am  
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Hi & thank you MR, Best pictures that I have ever seen of the Priory Baths. Cheers
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NormK
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264 of 266  Sun 25th Dec 2016 10:04am  
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Yes Philip it's a nice shot of the old baths. On the extreme left you can see the side entrance of the Beech Tree cafe, which was attached to the front of the baths building..
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Linda
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265 of 266  Tue 3rd Jan 2017 9:44pm  
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On 6th Jul 2015 8:47pm, covgirl said: Hi all, I know it wasn't really a swimming pool, but does anyone remember the paddling pool on the Binley Rd by Stoke Park? I spent many a happy hour there as a child, and once had to be dragged back home just before dark as I was having so much fun, the grass area was great to eat our sarnies, and an ice cream van came by too, once a rag and bone man left his horse & cart at the water trough outside and a car backfired frightening the horse which took off, last seen heading for Gosford Green. I don't know if it is still there, I know they closed it when there was a polio scare, so much fun, all for free. Lol
Hi. I remember that paddling pool well. It seemed huge to me because I was so little lol. It was always packed. We too had our picnic on the grass on a blanket.
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Midland Red

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266 of 266  Wed 15th Feb 2017 8:04am  
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First images of Livingstone Road baths site - being put to good use Smile
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