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Annewiggy
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46 of 58  Wed 9th Sep 2020 12:11pm  
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A little later than the Yardleys and no relation!! In August 1964 the police turned up at Mrs Bowman’s house at 15 Starley Road searching for Charles Frederick Wilson, an escaped great train robber. They also searched a caravan outside, Mrs Bowman’s shop at 43 Croft Road and 12 Starley Road, where Mrs Bowman's daughter lived and also number 12 the home of Mrs Bowman‘s son John who was serving 2 years in Winson Green. Mrs Bowman thought that was why they showed an interest in the houses. She laughed about it and said, “As if he would turn up here!!“ Edited by member, 9th Sep 2020 12:36 pm
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Wearethemods
47 of 58  Wed 9th Sep 2020 5:09pm  
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48 of 58  Fri 11th Sep 2020 8:54pm  
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Queen Victoria Road, December 31st 1900: Forum library image
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moriarty
allesley park coventry
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49 of 58  Thu 19th Nov 2020 12:30pm  
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I recently posted in "West Orchard" that the Rover moved to Queen Victoria Road and established the new Meteor Works in the now-Iceland supermarket premises. However, looking at Helen’s photo's of the Meter Works and this map, I found it doesn't seem likely, as it appears the main building is much further back away from QVR. Yet I seem to recall on this site somewhere that it was mentioned that it was the factory. There's a row of 2 up 2 down terraced houses which line QVR in front of the factory. The 2nd photo shows the back gardens which were on either side of the main entrance so everything lines up. Surely QVR hasn't been moved over with modern planning.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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50 of 58  Thu 19th Nov 2020 12:32pm  
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This might help, moriarty Thumbs up
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moriarty
allesley park coventry
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51 of 58  Thu 19th Nov 2020 12:44pm  
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Ooooh that was quick, NY. National Lib. of Scotland, really good. Yes I see now, doesn't look anywhere near that supermarket - more at the end of the arcade and round market. Thanks again, I will use NLoS again.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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52 of 58  Thu 19th Nov 2020 1:48pm  
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That’s a great tool, although only that map is of any use. Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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53 of 58  Thu 17th Dec 2020 11:20am  
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Thanks to my friend Dean Nelson on FB - a rather sad image knowing where they were going off to.
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OddSock
Coventry
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54 of 58  Fri 15th Jan 2021 9:56am  
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Photographs taken on 31st December 1987.
OddSock: Particularly interested in the family surnames Cowley, Shale, & Pratt in Coventry!

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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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55 of 58  Fri 15th Jan 2021 10:03am  
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I remember that well OddSock, I was working round the corner at the GEC at that time. Didn't last long, that building, did it?
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OddSock
Coventry
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56 of 58  Fri 15th Jan 2021 10:07am  
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Hi Rob, No, it didn't. I don't know why, but I went into town on the last day of 1987 and took a variety of photographs of the city centre? I've just come across them - some showing the Co-op building, one of Broadgate (with grass!!), a few of Sky Blue Way under construction, and even the old, concrete West Orchards car park! It's funny what you snap! OddSock
OddSock: Particularly interested in the family surnames Cowley, Shale, & Pratt in Coventry!

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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
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57 of 58  Fri 15th Jan 2021 10:17am  
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It's good that you did snap 'em OddSock - as "modern" as they might've seemed a the time, they're our memories now! That's one of my regrets really, that I took virtually no notice of my surroundings and took very few photos, apart from family ones, back then. Easy with hindsight I suppose, but I never guessed back then, while in my late teens/early 20s, that in my 30s (twenty odd years ago), I would suddenly become interested in local history and create a website on something that hadn't even been invented back then called the internet!!!
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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58 of 58  Mon 18th Jan 2021 9:47am  
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Same for me, Rob! Great photos, OddSock - get the rest of them added! Always thought that Co-op was a bit naff tbh. I don't have the best memories of it anyway as I got caught up in a bit of a drunken brawl waiting outside there for a taxi late 80's when Cov was so friendly on a Saturday night!
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