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Helen F
Warrington
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346 of 434  Thu 12th Sep 2019 1:51pm  
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Of that particular view I have at least 2 older versions. The grand picture house followed a rather nice 3 storey gabled timber building. Change is normal for my generation, so I can't imagine what the late 1800s early 1900s were like for people who had seen very little change in their lifetimes. Was it exciting or scary? Edited by member, 12th Sep 2019 2:02 pm
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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347 of 434  Thu 12th Sep 2019 4:13pm  
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In Coventry. Mainly humorous, despite the cruelty, they were also superstitious. The youth were well known to upset the stalls in the market place, repaint inn signs, dress up as ghosts in the churchyard at night with a white sheet to scare people. Without fear from the magistrates, they also liked to make up rhymes of twenty-thirty verses, about local people - at the same time, if they stole a loaf of bread they could land up in Australia. Buildings changed often, the Corn Exchange, market buildings, inns, stables, streets. But then, even our kings and dukes changed frequently. The Earl of Warwick was known to be as thick as six planks. I love reading about our ancestors.
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Kaga simpson
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348 of 434  Mon 23rd Sep 2019 9:51am  
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We stood just inside Smithford Street, my dad talking to two ARP wardens. I was watching the soldiers sift and clear away the rubbish. One soldier stood a little way from the others and was tugging at a part of a rafter embedded in the rubble, suddenly it came free. He took a step to re-balance, stood on a brick and fell on his backside. His cap fell off, he stood up, picked up his cap, slapped it against his leg, put it back on, rubbed his behind, looked at the rafter and gave it a kick. This hurt his foot, a piece of wood flew up and hit his shoulder. Trying to stop the wood hitting him he knocked off his cap into the dirt. By now he was turning the air blue and I was splitting my sides. He picked up his hat full of rage, he picked up the rafter and threw it on the wood pile. It bounced and slid down hitting his shin. He grabbed for his shovel that was leaning against the lorry, his hat fell off again and he knocked the shovel over. Now every one was laughing. He gave us the victory sign, swore, and dug the shovel into the debris. Instead of chucking the debris over the dropped tailgate he attempted to throw it over the tall side, but once the shovel was high in the air all the dust and debris slid down the shovel covering him and we all stopped laughing. A soldier rushed to his side and led him to us, he was blinded by the dust, a few minor cuts. A warden took him to the hospital.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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349 of 434  Fri 15th Nov 2019 11:59am  
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Was that this one Kaga? I did not realise they had premises in Hertford St? What did they do/sell, presumably tailors? Edited by member, 15th Nov 2019 12:00 pm Post copied from topic Hertford Street on 18th Nov 2019 8:47 pm
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Prof
Gloucester
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350 of 434  Mon 18th Nov 2019 7:54pm  
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I remember Smithford St exactly like in this photo. My earliest views post Broadgate destruction. Weaver to Wearer sold suits. Edited by member, 20th Nov 2019 8:18 pm
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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351 of 434  Tue 19th Nov 2019 11:05am  
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NeilsYard, I did answer you. Prof, the summer of 1941 photo.
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Heathite
Coventry
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352 of 434  Wed 20th Nov 2019 2:26pm  
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72 Smithford Street, 1911.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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353 of 434  Wed 20th Nov 2019 2:36pm  
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Nice ad, Heathite Thumbs up Rob has this one of the same shop but in an earlier guise. Is that a lion on the roof?! Edited by member, 20th Nov 2019 2:36 pm
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Wearethemods
Aberdeenshire
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354 of 434  Thu 21st Nov 2019 10:10am  
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I guess so Neil as it's called 'Lion House' in the advert! Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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355 of 434  Thu 21st Nov 2019 11:03am  
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I'd actually missed that Mods! Wonder what he story is behind that? Hmm another challenge!
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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356 of 434  Thu 5th Mar 2020 4:59pm  
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This week’s 'Picture of the Week' goes to my friend Cliff Berwick on FB. Smithford Street during the Blackout in December 1939 - great detail, you can even see inside the cafe! Helen, would that be the gap on the left, where the chap is on the ladder, into Vicar Lane? Edited by member, 5th Mar 2020 5:00 pm
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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357 of 434  Thu 5th Mar 2020 5:44pm  
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NeilsYard, Can you please explain the story.
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Helen F
Warrington
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358 of 434  Thu 5th Mar 2020 6:39pm  
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No Neil, Vicar Lane was a few more big buildings beyond the guy on the ladder.
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Prof
Gloucester
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359 of 434  Thu 5th Mar 2020 7:49pm  
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The ladder may be by the rear entrance to the Kings Head Hotel?
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Prof
Gloucester
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360 of 434  Thu 5th Mar 2020 8:13pm  
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Kaga see 352 photo it will explain! THE LION on top of the Lion House. Edited by member, 5th Mar 2020 8:14 pm
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