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anne
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1 of 19  Thu 22nd Mar 2012 8:11pm  
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Hi - What was Palmer's (or Palmers?) Lane like in its heyday? Wave
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flapdoodle
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2 of 19  Fri 23rd Mar 2012 7:49am  
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From the photographs I've seen it just looked overgrown around the river and lined with old cheap brick buildings/yards. There was talk of this area behind the Burges being turned into a shopping area for specialist shops. It was part of the failed "Phoenix Initiative" which should be renamed the "Crashed and Burned" initiative. You can see medieval timbers in some of the buildings on the back of the Burges. I think they were going to use this as a feature. But this is Coventry, so no doubt it would have involved some unsightly gaps in the street frontage, plus acres of paving and the now obligatory granite balls. Oh, and a total lack of people.
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TonyS
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3 of 19  Fri 23rd Mar 2012 10:21am  
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It is mentioned here in one of Rob's pages To try and answer the OPs question.... In 1400's it was occupied by Drapers and in 1737 there were 20 houses and 20 families living in Palmer Lane - does that give an indication of wealth, I wonder - with only one family per house? The earliest record of a Public Bath in Coventry is an advert from the Coventry Mercury from 1742 - "Francis Blick has just opened an excellent cold bath at the bottom Palmer Lane" Was this also a sign of the areas affluence? According to this same article, an annual ticket could be purchased for ten shillings (50p) or six shillings for the "summer season"! (was this an indication that people bathed more in the winter?)
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anne
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4 of 19  Fri 23rd Mar 2012 6:14pm  
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Thank you Tony - that's very helpful and interesting. I'll have a good look at the link later. Amazing that it's so old! Like St. Nicholas Street, there is a real atmosphere of generations of use Roll eyes
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anne
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5 of 19  Fri 23rd Mar 2012 6:16pm  
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On 23rd Mar 2012 7:49am, flapdoodle said: From the photographs I've seen it just looked overgrown around the river and lined with old cheap brick buildings/yards. There was talk of this area behind the Burges being turned into a shopping area for specialist shops. It was part of the failed "Phoenix Initiative" which should be renamed the "Crashed and Burned" initiative. You can see medieval timbers in some of the buildings on the back of the Burges. I think they were going to use this as a feature. But this is Coventry, so no doubt it would have involved some unsightly gaps in the street frontage, plus acres of paving and the now obligatory granite balls. Oh, and a total lack of people.
Thanks - yes, I despair of Coventry 'planning' as well! Oh my
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TonyS
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6 of 19  Fri 23rd Mar 2012 8:41pm  
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Hi Anne, do you or your family have a connection with Palmer Lane?
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anne
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7 of 19  Fri 23rd Mar 2012 9:03pm  
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No, Tony - I'm just fascinated by Coventry and how it looked before I knew it in the late 50's - when it had become so different! It's weird that the layout is so much part of my life yet was the beginning of so many changes Thumbs up
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dutchman
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8 of 19  Fri 23rd Mar 2012 9:18pm  
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When I was growing up people in Coventry still talked about the Pilgrim's Rest pub on the corner of Palmer Lane and Ironmonger Row even though it had ceased to exist in 1934!
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anne
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9 of 19  Sun 25th Mar 2012 5:33pm  
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Brilliant photo - thanks! Yes, it's interesting that sometimes things become part of our growing up even after they've ceased to exist!
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Baz
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10 of 19  Mon 28th May 2012 10:51pm  
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Pilgrims Rest, Ironmonger Row. First licence reference 1823. Licence finished 1934.
Always looking forward to looking at the past.

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NeilsYard
Coventry
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11 of 19  Thu 25th Sep 2014 11:52pm  
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What a terrific new view! Thanks to Tim Harratt on the True Coventarian FB page...
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NeilsYard
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12 of 19  Fri 16th Sep 2016 2:06pm  
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There's some terrific images of The Pilgrims Rest and the Palmer Lane/Ironmonger Row area here!
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NeilsYard
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13 of 19  Fri 16th Sep 2016 5:45pm  
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I've just remembered Osmiroid runs that site so well done to you! Thumbs up Cheers Edited by member, 16th Sep 2016 5:46 pm
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Osmiroid
UK
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14 of 19  Fri 16th Sep 2016 10:06pm  
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Thanks Neil Big grin Big grin Big grin
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Gumnut
Moruya NSW Australia
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15 of 19  Sat 17th Sep 2016 1:47am  
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Has anyone an idea of what the inscription reads over the doorway? Between the Council and the Blitz I'm sure the place was doomed either way. Great photo, I wonder if in 100 years time people will be looking at old photos of Owen and Owen and thinking the same.
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