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Alvisnick
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1 of 104  Wed 26th Oct 2011 9:11pm  
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I am looking for pictures of the Alvis car factory on Holyhead Road and anecdotes from people who worked there. The factory was destroyed by bombing in WWII - anyone got a pic of the damaged factory? Thanks Neils, Innis & Dutchman - nice pics - have seen the 1930 pic before in a book. The aerial pic and '60s pic are of the later factory begun in 1934 - the first factory, in Innis pic was on the city side of the railway bridge.It was totally destroyed in the 1941 air raid and never rebuilt - I seem to remember it as an open lot used for storage in the '60s and later sold for development. I am hoping someone might have some old snaps. It ran alongside the railway embankment alongside, I think, Northumberland Road as far as Waveley Road where they had a rear entrance.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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2 of 104  Wed 26th Oct 2011 10:02pm  
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Not damaged but as I remember it : And from the air in its day :
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dutchman
Spon End
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3 of 104  Wed 26th Oct 2011 11:14pm  
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Circa 1930: Interior:
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InnisRoad
Hessle
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4 of 104  Thu 27th Oct 2011 9:07am  
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The aerial picture was obviously taken after Four Pounds Avenue was opened to traffic. I remember FPA as a rough track beyond Lake View Road, with a wooden bridge over the Sherbourne, passable to pedestrians and bicycles. The cyclists were supposed to dismount to pass through the barrier. The other side of the river, there was a Highways Department depot, with stone sets, tar machines and steamrollers.
Regards Innis Road

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heritage
Bedworth
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5 of 104  Thu 27th Oct 2011 3:53pm  
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Wonderful aerial photograph. Bridge Clock Motors opposite the Alvis or was it another firm before Bridge Clock. The footpath to Spon End running between the sports field and the factory. Does it still exist from behind Morrisons/B & Q. The undeveloped part usually flooded with heavy rain, lots of fun riding bikes through the water. Remember the large sewer pipe that ran under the undeveloped track, a good place to play. Moseley Avenue School often used the Alvis field for sports day.
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dutchman
Spon End
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6 of 104  Thu 27th Oct 2011 4:42pm  
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On 27th Oct 2011 3:53pm, heritage said: The footpath to Spon End running between the sports field and the factory. Does it still exist from behind Morrisons/B & Q.
Yes, but it's very poorly maintained. In winter it's best to carry a torch and wear very stout walking boots.
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Chaingang
Tile Hill Village
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7 of 104  Fri 28th Oct 2011 9:01am  
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The footpath ran through the allotments (called The Chain Gardens), went over the bridge and passed between the Coventry Chain factory and the social club, you were now into "Occupation Road" and joined Spon End by the side of the railway arches.
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dutchman
Spon End
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8 of 104  Fri 28th Oct 2011 2:02pm  
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Welcome to the forum Chaingang Wave It still does although the chain factory is now a collection of small businesses, mainly associated with the motor trade Smile
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heritage
Bedworth
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9 of 104  Fri 28th Oct 2011 3:00pm  
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I certainly remember, almost with fondness, the Chain Gardens but don't remember the name Occupation Road at all. Coventry Chain, another quality Coventry firm which disappeared. Takes you to the Bunty Garage as well.
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Chaingang
Tile Hill Village
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10 of 104  Sat 29th Oct 2011 12:26am  
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Thank you Dutchman. I will try to upload a photograph of the Chain main gate showing how neat and tidy it used to look, the occasion was the first meeting of the newly formed Motor Club 1961-2
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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11 of 104  Sat 29th Oct 2011 9:25am  
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On 28th Oct 2011 3:00pm, heritage said: I certainly remember, almost with fondness, the Chain Gardens but don't remember the name Occupation Road at all. Coventry Chain, another quality Coventry firm which disappeared. Takes you to the Bunty Garage as well.
Occupation Road is elsewhere - it leads off Church Lane/Burns Road to Stoke Bowling Club
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InnisRoad
Hessle
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12 of 104  Sat 29th Oct 2011 9:29am  
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On 27th Oct 2011 3:53pm, heritage said: Wonderful aerial photograph. Bridge Clock Motors opposite the Alvis or was it another firm before Bridge Clock.
Bridge Clock Motors was certainly there in the 1960s. I'm not sure when it started.
Regards Innis Road

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NeilsYard
Coventry
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13 of 104  Sat 29th Oct 2011 10:12am  
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As 'only' a 40-something I really recall going down the Holyhead Road to town as it was on the No.23 bus route. Do recall there was a garage opposite the Alvis - was it an Esso petrol station with a covered forecourt?
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dutchman
Spon End
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14 of 104  Sat 29th Oct 2011 1:27pm  
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Mobil. It's now a BMW-Mini showroom.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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15 of 104  Sat 29th Oct 2011 2:23pm  
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I'm sure the garage (circa late 70's) was more toward where the BMW dealership part is now Dutchman. It was a totally different building that seemed to be quite tall - (though I would have been gazing down at it from the top deck of the No.23. The Alvis cricket pitch was all over where Morrisons now is - They used to have a terrific bonfire every November 5th.
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