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Rob Orland
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316 of 348  Mon 29th Oct 2018 6:49pm  
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I don't wish to controversial, in fact I'm trying to be positive..... but I like it! And it could actually encourage views of the Christ Church spire from people who otherwise wouldn't have noticed it.
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TonyS
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317 of 348  Mon 29th Oct 2018 7:13pm  
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I think it looks like a gasometer!! Sad Didn’t they get rid of several of these when they built the Ricoh Arena?
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arley
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318 of 348  Wed 31st Oct 2018 12:11pm  
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Reading some of these posts brings back many memories. I learnt to swim at the Livvy baths, my brother and mates used to walk from the Pilot down Rollason Rd, across the Black Pad over the footbridge - in those days it was considered ok to go without your parents. Afterwards it was Farr & Reddy`s for a cream cake or a jam doughnut. When we moved to Henley Green in '56 we had the choice of Livvy or Gossy baths. It's been mentioned about the old Priory Baths where they had "slipper" baths. Mother's family lived at 22 George St and used to use the baths regularly. My Uncle John in his young, easy going days was barred from the swimming baths for diving off the rafters instead of the diving board.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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319 of 348  Wed 31st Oct 2018 4:36pm  
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There is one of Coventry long distance swimmers of the 1950's that is still alive and he actually took part in the school sports races on the opening day of the Livingstone baths, either '36/7. I believe he was presented with a prize from the mayor. Up to a year ago he was still doing many lengths almost every day in the new pool in town. I never went to that pool in the sixties myself so have no idea where that was. But I did travel in the rowboat when he represented Coventry in the inshore five mile app. in Morecambe Bay swim. He came 2nd and was robbed, for the fisherman that rowed the boat took him a longer way out to anyone else, and so the local town lad won - it was the day I nearly committed murder by tossing the fisherman overboard. Angry
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Prof
Gloucester
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320 of 348  Tue 29th Jan 2019 12:25pm  
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Memories of school bus taking a class to these well known Livingstone Road baths. Edited by member, 29th Jan 2019 12:26 pm
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Allesley Park
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321 of 348  Tue 29th Jan 2019 5:58pm  
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On 29th Oct 2018 6:49pm, Rob Orland said: I don't wish to controversial, in fact I'm trying to be positive..... but I like it! And it could actually encourage views of the Christ Church spire from people who otherwise wouldn't have noticed it.
I wish it was a bit further across, say where the Squirrel pub is, so there was a bit more distance between them (maybe have straightened up Greyfriars Lane to create a barrier and had the added bonus of making that street more legible) but I don't mind it. I think its a definite improvement of Christchurch House anyway.
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dave owens
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322 of 348  Wed 30th Jan 2019 1:37am  
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On 29th Jan 2019 12:25pm, Prof said: Memories of school bus taking a class to these well known Livingstone Road baths. Edited by member, 29th Jan 2019 12:26 pm
Learned to swim there in the early 60s. Caught the bus from Freddie Bird's. Good times!
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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323 of 348  Thu 31st Jan 2019 9:29am  
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Another one of the 1936 happenings, brilliant for the people of Foleshill and Coventry.
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Heathite
Coventry
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324 of 348  Mon 21st Oct 2019 2:16pm  
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Here's a few images of The Wave which is in New Union Street. Edited by member, 21st Oct 2019 2:25 pm
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PeterB
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325 of 348  Tue 22nd Oct 2019 4:59pm  
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The view of The Wave from the IKEA restaurant is quite impressive. Once Coventry Point has been demolished you should be able to see all three spires. Peter.
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Prof
Gloucester
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326 of 348  Sun 24th Nov 2019 6:45pm  
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Forum library image
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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327 of 348  Sat 1st Feb 2020 5:54pm  
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“No heart or soul left in the city”
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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328 of 348  Sat 24th Oct 2020 4:22pm  
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Apols Rob but another one that needs XL sizing to appreciate the full goodness!! Possibly the best face-on full width shot of Priory Street Baths
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Kaga simpson
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329 of 348  Sun 25th Oct 2020 9:23am  
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No date, but long before Pool Meadow and cafe.
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Helen F
Warrington
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330 of 348  Sun 25th Oct 2020 12:54pm  
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Which started out looking like this on Hales Street (where the Fire Station was built) - Forum library image Despite its appearance, it was built after 1850. Edited by member, 25th Oct 2020 1:19 pm
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