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rinkbiker
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631 of 644  Wed 27th Sep 2017 10:32am  
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Hi. Just a few memories about the river Sowe after it emerges from under the old gasworks. At times there was so much oil and such I'm sure you could have run a diesel engine off it! About 200 yards along its course it was joined by a much cleaner stream that came from the rear of the Vinecote Road and Red Hills direction. It was in this stream that us boys from St. Thomas' Road used to fish for sticklebacks with a small cane, cotton, a matchstick for a float and a worm! Who needed video games! Now, we used to transfer our fish catch in a bucket and carry them to the river at the bottom of our street in order to stock it up and save us a long walk to the fishing grounds. It was a sad mistake for the fish, because of the oily pollution from the original river Sowe we never saw one living fish in the area again. I am talking about 1950 when austerity was pretty rife and you had to make your own fun. Try telling that to grandkids who play these video games and the only exercise is the thumb! Gawd 'elp us! Cheers. Cheers
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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632 of 644  Wed 27th Sep 2017 10:57am  
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rinkbiker It was St Thomas' Rd I visited in 1927 onwards to 1944.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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633 of 644  Sun 9th Sep 2018 10:25am  
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Helen - most of your dazzling posts are several centuries before all the rest of the posts about factories etc, but the most dazzling of all to me is your post 3, when you said "The street is a swine". But I haven't heard that in 70 years and takes me back more than 80 - Coventry saying, Longford saying, the skating rink saying. The Longford skating rink in the thirties, you could hear the noise before you got near. You opened the door and was met by a loud blare of noise - laughing, screaming, crying, shouting, the thump of bodies hitting the barrier, the noise of the skates and the din of a cracked waltz record, bodies tumbling, moving in an anti-clockwise movement round a small oval rink, the pushing and shoving to get skates, dozens of bodies all trying to get between the barrier and the skate counter. You knew you would get bumps and bruises but still eager - you were given a pair of skate boots, any size between 6-10, too much of a hurry to sort out both by you and the attendant, then a dozen of you trying to cram on to a bench that held 6 to sit and put on the skate boots and then everywhere kids were saying "These boots are a swine to put on" - one of the most popular sayings used in Longford in the thirties. A pretty young Longford girl sat on the end of the bench, pretty but 'stuck up', a bit of snob, frustrated she said "Damned swine" then turned to see if any one had heard - guilty - and smiled. Just made my day. I smiled "Sods ain't they. Ta-rah".
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Helen F
Warrington
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634 of 644  Sun 9th Sep 2018 4:38pm  
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I lived in Longford in an area that was a farm in your day Kaga, not far from where the railway crosses the main road.
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Prof
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635 of 644  Tue 18th Sep 2018 9:56am  
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A nice tram passing under the railway bridge at Longford.
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argon
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636 of 644  Tue 18th Sep 2018 5:55pm  
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I like the photo Prof. It took me back to the times when I used to deliver newspapers to those houses in the early '60's Good memories, except that I also remember the persistant smell that came, some days into our shop on Longford Bridge, from DeMulders factory in Woodshires/Wilsons Lane I forget which. Looking at a present day Google map of that area I was surprised at how much had been demolished in the name of progress. My father in law had a small factory in Sydnall Roadnext to the railway bridge, now part of an industrial complex as I see it. Sometimes I am glad that I no longer live in the old town.
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Prof
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637 of 644  Sat 27th Oct 2018 7:50pm  
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One for Kaga!
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bohica
coventry
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638 of 644  Sat 27th Oct 2018 9:07pm  
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Longford Square - it is still recognisable from that picture Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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639 of 644  Sun 28th Oct 2018 10:32am  
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Prof, Yes that photo has been on before. I was in a horse and trap when I was about ten, the man with the reigns was a bit retarded and had been told the horse was an old 'jumps' racehorse and was a bit frisky. As we approached the bridge the man said to the horse 'Under, you silly bugger, go under'. He was quite serious. My mother-in-law lived in one of those houses in the square back in the thirties, so thanks for the photo. Argon, There was a small factory on the right at the side of the railway during the war, on the left was a small bungalow between the railway and the vicarage, built by a metal waste dealer who had lived on the wasteland by the 'slough' until he built the bungalow. Was your shop opposite Hackett's?
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argon
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640 of 644  Sun 28th Oct 2018 11:40am  
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Kaga Yes, the newsagents was right opposite Hacketts, 239 Longford Road. We took over from a Mrs Spittle who had run it for many years, it was quite old fashioned when we took it over. My father-in-law's factory was right next to the railway in Sydnall Rd and was for precision engineering, as you say, on the right as you approach the bridge from Longford Rd. He was there in the 50's and 60's. I was in the newsagents early 60's Ref. Hacketts, one day I was in the shop when a small lad came in and asked if I had any empty boxes to which I answered that I hadn't. Another customer there suggested that he should ask at Hacketts. The lad went across the road to where Charles Hackett was in the front of his yard, and we saw him ask Charles. Charles looked across at us with a big grin and shook his fist.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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641 of 644  Wed 26th Dec 2018 1:15pm  
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I was around Longford way back in the thirties time, now there's a lot I can't remember. But I remember a girl from Foxford School in the thirties, she lived round near the Brickworks. To cut it short, by early war I used to walk her home, there was the remains of a squat small building, it was called the pug mill house, it wasn't a house, it wasn't a mill, it was part of the Brickworks, it was used to break down and soften clay before it was moulded. But back in those days I think the word 'pug' meant to soften, I believe we used linseed oil to soften putty - pug-putty?
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NormK
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642 of 644  Thu 27th Dec 2018 12:41pm  
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Kaga. As you know I retired from the brickworks in Coventry, the 'pug' was the machine that extruded the clay through a die to get the brick shape.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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643 of 644  Thu 27th Dec 2018 5:29pm  
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NormK. Yes, that's it, thanks. I hoped it would be you to answer, had a feeling you would know the answer, have no idea what they looked like. Suppose they have a more modern machine these days?
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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644 of 644  Mon 31st Dec 2018 7:37pm  
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I have spent years thinking about Coventry and the thirty years I lived in it, and my ancestors who knew the north side so well. Three great heaths covered north Coventry - Great Heath, Little Heath and Stoke Heath, spread out like a giant fan, the veins of the fan being three main coaching roads that led northwards from the city centre. Beyond them were the farms that helped to feed, and the cattle that were driven into Coventry, but from the west round to the east coal was found, so in the eighteenth century a canal was built to bring all these goods into the city centre. This canal made its way through all three beautiful heaths, with their little inns and districts of glorious names. 1889 - at the boundary at Sutton Stop three teenage boys leapt off the boats and headed for the Greyhound pub. By the time they came out the boats were heading for the small village of Longford. The boys did not chase after them, they decided to catch up with them the later, They walked down the whapple (bridlepath) to the Boat Inn, from there down to the Fox Inn - here there was a cross path, to the east Aldermans Green Road, to the west Longford. The boys crossed the path and entered Little Heath, well noted for the number of fox. Here there were gorse bush, dog rose, bramble bushes, thousands of song birds, up above the skylarks rose high in the sky with delightful song. The path led down to the ford of the Sowe river. 100 yards to the west was another old ford now covered by the coaching road. The river had numerous water pools of fish, reeds and wild flowers in profussion along the bank. Over the ford the path split up - on ahead it would join a larger cart track known as Windmill Lane, so did the path the boys took. On their left was the derelict old windmill, a few yards on they could see the water mill, but they turned and entered The Crown. Leaving The Crown the boys turned right, joining the canal and the coaching road (Foleshill) - here it had the delightful name of Dovedale. They could also see the boats they had left at the Greyhound. Still with time they moved up the coaching road to the Wheatsheaf Inn, from there they crossed the road to the Three Horseshoes. From there, well tanked up, they staggered down the small pathway that led to the canal, and to the old church of St Laurence just as the last boat was passing. Here two of them jumped aboard but the third lad missed his footing and landed in the water - the boatman stretched out the boat hook, the boy clung to it but the boatman left it there while the boy was pulled along for some yards. A few minutes later the boats entered the small district of Paradise to the south - to the north was part Stoke Heath and part Courthouse Estate. The boats turned south under the second coaching road (Stoney Stanton), now in Great Heath, and behind more houses than they had ever passed on the route. Paradise had the quaint names of Paradise Row, Eden Street and the Adam and Eve pub. A few yards farther on, they turned back under the coaching road across the great heath, once again a great wild expanse of heath with thousands of birds and wild life and pathways that had names like Eagle Street and Bird Grove. They crossed under the first coaching road (Foleshill) and round a bend and into the Coventry Basin.
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