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NeilsYard
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166 of 172  Thu 4th Jan 2018 12:05pm  
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Could be Norm - the copy I have on my laptop of that photo is a lot bigger but I can only make out 'City of Coventry' on that sign on the building above it.
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Midland Red
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167 of 172  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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168 of 172  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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169 of 172  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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170 of 172  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
Perth Western Australia
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171 of 172  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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172 of 172  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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