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NeilsYard
Coventry
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331 of 366  Sun 14th Jan 2018 3:28pm  
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To go with the others, Trafalgar Street nearing its end - so the caption says - though it looks like Thomas Street to me.
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Wearethemods
Aberdeenshire
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332 of 366  Sun 14th Jan 2018 10:38pm  
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Hi Neil, I'm kind of with you on this, however the next block of 8 storey flats along form Givens House, forget the name (although it could have been Trafalgar House), was adjacent to Vincent Street and I think that's the view, so the Telegraph is correct if I'm right!
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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333 of 366  Mon 15th Jan 2018 11:26am  
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Cheers Mods - though it looked like the row in my image on post 322?
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Wearethemods
Aberdeenshire
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334 of 366  Mon 15th Jan 2018 11:44am  
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Hi again Neil, I stand corrected! You are right. I tried to compare the broken window patterns in the houses and they look the same. Plus of course there was the 'kink' in Thomas Street which you can just about see in the bottom left hand corner Thumbs up
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merrymo
coventry
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335 of 366  Tue 23rd Jan 2018 2:58pm  
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The barbers pole mentioned in this post belonged to my great grandfather Harry Hopkins, who traded there from about 1890.
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Helen F
Warrington
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336 of 366  Thu 3rd May 2018 1:36pm  
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Loads of great stuff and original pictures about Spon Street, Spon End and Naul's Mill Bygone Spon End etc Another shout for Neil. One of the latest posts is about The Recruiting Sargeant with two pictures The first is that pub but the second is the earliest incarnation of the Rising Sun. It and the building to the left of it were demolished to create the building we recognise. The pub was in the estate of the Bablake Boys School. The original Rising Sun Edited by member, 3rd May 2018 1:59 pm
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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337 of 366  Sat 5th May 2018 11:56am  
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The Bygone Spon End FB page have found another cracker - Edited by member, 5th May 2018 11:56 am
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Prof
Gloucester
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338 of 366  Tue 24th Jul 2018 8:48am  
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Here is an aerial view:
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Prof
Gloucester
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339 of 366  Tue 24th Jul 2018 6:47pm  
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NeilsYard, I remember Godfrey's the newspaper (& general shop). The owner had lost an arm (WW1?) but could fold a paper with one hand, stick it under his damaged underarm, and then hand it to the customer with his good hand in one swift motion! My grandfather bought his newspaper (and Black Cat cigarettes I expect) there and then went to the Allesley bus stop just inside Holyhead Road to return home to Coundon.
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Prof
Gloucester
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340 of 366  Tue 24th Jul 2018 6:50pm  
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Two more of Spon Street:
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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341 of 366  Wed 25th Jul 2018 9:46am  
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Nice ones Prof, thanks for sharing. Thumbs up
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Prof
Gloucester
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342 of 366  Wed 25th Jul 2018 11:33am  
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Helen F - your post 305, the map picture - my ancestor Henry Atkins, a silk dyer was at Court 48, 23 Spon Street. Coventry, 1881 Census. This looks to be just off the picture to the right of map. Can you tell me if that would be the right address, or could there be another Court 48, which I think unlikely? Thanks. Also what buildings adjoined the frontage either side of the court please! Edited by member, 25th Jul 2018 12:22 pm
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Helen F
Warrington
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343 of 366  Wed 25th Jul 2018 2:40pm  
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There was only one Court 48 on Spon Street, previously known as Stretch Yard and had properties on both sides - as evidenced by your relative living at number 23. The properties at the front are hard to number but somewhere between 173-176. The way I try to work out the numbers is to count doorways from the nearest pubs but I get a different value from the two directions. Modern numbering doesn't help. The yard entrance today would be where the gates are for the compound with the substation on the north side of the street. On this map the yard is under the O of Old-Maps on the north side of the road. I've got good pictures either side of this bit and some distant, slanting images but that section is poorly covered. I do know that a photo of L Liggins at 174 is the best (shows woman at the door of a butchers with dead birds hanging all along the window, not in the library collection but several books have a copy of it). Not exactly sure which building it was but my guess is that the passage way to court 48 was to the right of that shop with a tiny building in between (more of a continuation of Liggins building than a new building). The passagway was probably under the next full building, which was a flat fronted, half timbered building. The right hand side of that building you can see in the very left of this flood picture. In this picture, the entrance the court 48 is halfway between the post and the person crossing the road.
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Prof
Gloucester
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344 of 366  Wed 25th Jul 2018 2:58pm  
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Thanks so much Helen F for map and photos. Can't imagine where 23 comes in though? It seems the Court number is key to the address here and in Gosford St where my paternal grandmother was born. Edited by member, 26th Jul 2018 9:31 pm
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Helen F
Warrington
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345 of 366  Wed 25th Jul 2018 3:07pm  
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If you go to Old-Maps and look up the area, the court has terraced houses on both sides. There are more than 23 but some of them may be registered as Court 47. I haven't got numbering for the courts but it may be possible to work out which property is which if there are any useful comments. Old-Maps, select 1888. Edited by member, 25th Jul 2018 3:12 pm
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