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166 of 177  Thu 4th Jan 2018 12:44pm  
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According to this - yes Thumbs up And if you then click back one photo, there's another view of it And is it the building on this image?
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Annewiggy
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167 of 177  Thu 4th Jan 2018 1:43pm  
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Not a very clear picture but caption explains! August 25 1936, Midland Daily Telegraph.
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Kaga simpson
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168 of 177  Thu 4th Jan 2018 3:38pm  
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The Hippodrome, cinemas and football were all closed for a short time, all large audiences were not allowed to collect in one tight spot (forget the date).
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NeilsYard
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169 of 177  Tue 19th Jun 2018 2:07pm  
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Thanks to Paul Michael Kennelly - don't think I have ever seen this before - the very first Hippodrome
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Dreamtime
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170 of 177  Tue 19th Jun 2018 3:44pm  
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It's carried its name well then Neil over the years. For a second I thought it was a building in Oz!
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Annewiggy
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171 of 177  Tue 19th Jun 2018 5:19pm  
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Looking through the newspaper archive it appears that was mostly used for a circus and animal performances owned by a Mr T G Transfield. Hence the original name. Reading further I wonder which Hippodrome this was as a new one was built in Pool Meadow and opened in August 1903. This was managed by a Mr T M Sylvester, but in March 1904 it is announced that he is buying the site to run as a going concern but the in June that year he submits plans for another “New Hippodrome“ to be built in Hales Street. The building of the Hippodrome in Hales Street seemed to be dragged out as usual by planning issues. There was discussions at one time about building a music hall on Pool Meadow but Mr Sylvester advertised his last show on Pool Meadow in December 1906 and Hales Street was opened shortly after. In 1907 the structure of the old building was being sold off including 60 tons of well-seasoned timber, corrugated iron roofing sheets, staircases, seats and lighting, so that sounds like it could be the one in the above picture. The site was then used for the circus and the fairs.
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NeilsYard
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172 of 177  Wed 20th Jun 2018 2:24pm  
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It was this one Anne - on this 1906 map on Priory Street - opposite the Baths -
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AD
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173 of 177  Thu 21st Jun 2018 7:03pm  
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After the 'Hippo' and the Elephant, what will be next on Coventry's list? With all the tall student accommodation buildings going up I think a giraffe. Or a two-tone effort nicknamed the Zebra? Perhaps we should create an area of the City Centre called the Savannah? Lol
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174 of 177  Mon 19th Nov 2018 2:55pm  
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Patrons looking forward to a live performance at the Coventry Theatre.
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175 of 177  Sat 5th Jan 2019 11:55am  
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Kaga simpson
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176 of 177  Sun 6th Jan 2019 1:20pm  
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Theatres in Coventry go back a long way, but I was surprised to see on Neil's map above the School of Art was in Ford Street in those days. They were building a new theatre in Coventry 1753, they came with the fairs, and then the menageries, the most famous one in England being Wombells who had a family grave in Coventry. His famous Lion Queen was torn apart by a tiger, brought to Coventry, buried here. In Coventry 1849 his nephew tried to quell an elephant uproar, was hurt by an elephant, died, buried in Coventry. When trade was good in Coventry, songs and ballads fastened to sacking, stretched on upright sticks, or were displayed at the fair in Greyfriars Green, and ballad singers sang and entertained. The Council transfered it to Gosford Green about 1868 but a riot mob took over, despite the police, broke down the booths etc. The mayor then sent the crier round, and it was placed in Pool Meadow to everyone's satisfaction, and remained there until what you have on the forum.
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177 of 177  Thu 20th Jun 2019 12:27pm  
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1955 Variety Show at Hippodrome courtesy Lynne and Alan Hailstone Edited by member, 20th Jun 2019 12:28 pm
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