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Prof
Gloucester
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16 of 36  Fri 30th Nov 2018 4:43pm  
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What is the bombed building next to Ford's in the photo? Any ideas? Just looked again at Neil's post where we see it pre-Blitz! Apparently a dwelling with the small child outside. Edited by member, 30th Nov 2018 4:46 pm
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Heathite
Coventry
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17 of 36  Sat 1st Dec 2018 8:23am  
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Here's a possible candidate for the house adjacent the Hospital.
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Prof
Gloucester
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18 of 36  Sat 1st Dec 2018 9:35am  
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Thanks Heathite, an Almoner no doubt attached to Ford's Hospital, so the hospital probably owned the building.
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Heathite
Coventry
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19 of 36  Sat 1st Dec 2018 9:41am  
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Thanks Prof, my thoughts too but he doesn't come up on the 1939 register. At least, not as an almoner. They allow occupation as a search criteria on Findmypast. But zero results for that.
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Helen F
Warrington
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20 of 36  Sat 1st Dec 2018 9:56am  
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You're a wizard with the directories Heathite. Thumbs up With the hospital at 24, there's a gap where 25 and 26 used to be and then Mrs Farmer was in the left hand side at 27 and Mrs Hordern lived on the right at 28. Widows? I think the Mr Baker, the almoner lived in the hospital? Edited by member, 1st Dec 2018 10:00 am
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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21 of 36  Sat 1st Dec 2018 10:51am  
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Heathite
Coventry
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22 of 36  Sat 1st Dec 2018 11:04am  
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Thank you Helen. I like to verify things. So the directories help. I feel you have a happy marriage of logic and intuition.
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Heathite
Coventry
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23 of 36  Sun 2nd Dec 2018 8:31am  
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Hi, I had another look a bit further back in the directories. As you can see, there is no 25 or 26 (why, what happened?). It look like John BAKER was also the church organist at St. John's and he was originally from Birmingham according to the census'. And . . I also agree he was living or staying at the Hospital. So on the 1939 register the house we are probably looking at (no. 27) was occupied by Leslie V DYER, born 1907 and a Fire engine fitter/tester.
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Prof
Gloucester
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24 of 36  Sat 5th Jan 2019 8:16pm  
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A view in the other direction from Neil's post 11 and also 14 prior to bomb damage. Edited by member, 5th Jan 2019 8:19 pm
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Helen F
Warrington
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25 of 36  Wed 1st May 2019 10:08pm  
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Forum library image Now at first glance this seems to be Broadgate with the cross in the foreground but I seriously think that it's a mirror flip of Greyfriars Lane with the Cross stuck on as a pretend scene. The shadow for the cross is all wrong but the building shadows work for the artist looking south at the buildings. If I'm right, that would then make the building on the left the Bell. One of the odd features is the spikes coming out of the 3 gables on the building like Fords but the decorative feature at the apex of the windows were probably stuck on pegs and when the carved wood was removed (repair), it would have left behind a spike. I have a picture of Fords with just such an odd set of spikes and no carved features. While trying to work out Broadgate I found that the different images of the Cross disagreed with each other. At least three are purely fiction. This image looks credible but doesn't fit with the pictures that I think do represent Broadgate. Of course it might just be fiction based on bits round the city.
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Helen F
Warrington
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26 of 36  Sat 1st Jun 2019 10:58pm  
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A rare and early image of Greyfriars Lane and Fords Hospital from a new website with many paintings in various collections. Watercolour World Edited by member, 1st Jun 2019 10:59 pm
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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27 of 36  Sun 2nd Jun 2019 5:02am  
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Thanks Helen, How I love these old water colours of the old and memorable city. Nice to catch sight of these rare gems now and again, thanks again. My imagination runs wild when I see them and imagine what it was like to have lived in them.
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Helen F
Warrington
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28 of 36  Wed 5th Jun 2019 6:18pm  
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I know what you mean. Each picture makes you wonder what it felt like, as much as what it looked like. Every time I find a new images, it's like Christmas. The south of the city is most poorly recorded but I've filled a lot of gaps in.
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Dreamtime
29 of 36  Thu 6th Jun 2019 3:47pm  
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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30 of 36  Thu 6th Jun 2019 6:49pm  
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Dreamtime. The image that springs to mind, often their enjoyment shines through. Hay, rushes and mint strewn on the floor, you walk in, the floor looks soft, you feel as if you are afloat. Kids sitting on the floor on a blanket, the fire surround carved, either in wood or iron, in flowery designs, a periwinkle for loge, something borrowed, something blue. A kettle singing on the hob, life much slower, communities as one family, wicker work, pleasant to the eye and touch. Flower arranging a favourite pastime. They let the waft of the countryside enter the house, and the thrill of the birdsong. Because of the closeness to family life cottage gardens gave breath after breath of springtime, the scent dizzying, the air filled with shining threads. To walk the fields, the grass studded with small flowers, violets, daisies. The trees send hazy shadows across the field. The strawberry tree, so enjoyable during its growing time, but the dead leaves have a lovely scent. The air glitters with pollen, the sun kissed trees trembled with the sheer joy of living. Foxgloves, their pink banners in the sunshine, the fragrance of brambles turned up in the taste of blackberry jam. I'm thankful that I remember a part of it.
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