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Kaga simpson
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61 of 72  Sat 24th Sep 2016 12:41pm  
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I looked out my lounge window a couple of days ago, and there was a pool of water all over the pathway - a workman came out and placed two planks of wood so people could negotiate without getting wet and . . . The new Precinct was a quagmire of mud and water, as I guided Mrs Chaplin along the roped planked pathway from the Lower Precinct to Broadgate, plank bridges on scaffolding poles in places, one huge building site in mud and water. Mrs Chaplin told me her fears and anxieties as we walked. Billy her son thought he may be recalled into the forces (reservist) and be sent to Korea. China had stepped in as well, like most people she feared atomic bombs would be used. National Service had been increased to two years. The state of affairs in Egypt, people spoke of the fear of the future, the chaos of the re-building.The purpose that got things done, which they knew in the war years, had gone. A few months ago Coventry had laid a statue of Lady Godiva in Broadgate, a symbol of a new city and new hopes, but rationing was still troublesome, petrol, soap, sugar, tea, clothes, and much more were still with us, and meat rations were to be reduced. War and the rationing were robbing people of vitality and humour. Coventry had good employment and wages, but people still had to scrimp and save for holidays. On average, a couple of 'bob' a week was spent on the football coupons. I think most people's budget around that time was near £5 a week.
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Prof
Gloucester
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62 of 72  Fri 3rd Sep 2021 12:42pm  
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During WW2 this was the Food Office where ration books were obtained. Edited by member, 3rd Sep 2021 12:44 pm
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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63 of 72  Fri 3rd Sep 2021 2:59pm  
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Not sure it was, Prof Roll eyes The 1950 GPO Telephone Directory lists the "Food Control Office" in Warwick Row 1953 Telephone Directory details the following: The Three Tuns no 1 Food Control Office no 1a Reform Club no 5 I know that Lee Beesley was no 6 and Hansons no 7
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Prof
Gloucester
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64 of 72  Fri 3rd Sep 2021 9:45pm  
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So MR, could I be mistaken and it was instead the building to the left of the Reform Club? My great-aunt from Grantham had to register with the Food Office for her stay with my grandma and have a strong memory of going in with her to obtain a temporary ration card! Edited by member, 3rd Sep 2021 9:47 pm
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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65 of 72  Sat 4th Sep 2021 10:57am  
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The only clue I can find in the CET is an opticians at 4 The Quadrant, who advertise as being opposite the food hall.
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Helen F
Warrington
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66 of 72  Sat 4th Sep 2021 11:41am  
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1a is the plot on the right of the photo next to the gateway of the club. I'm not sure what sort of building it was as it seems to fill a very large area. BFA 1951 Map same time Edited by member, 4th Sep 2021 11:53 am
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Heathite
Coventry
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67 of 72  Sat 4th Sep 2021 12:54pm  
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Hope this helps, personally . . I think MR nailed it from the get-go.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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68 of 72  Sun 5th Sep 2021 1:42pm  
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Heathite, Now this stretches the memory, so just as a tentative suggestion - I think the food office and ration books were received in Hertford Street, just below the Queens Hotel. There was some story that a load was sold on the black market by one of the staff. In 1940 the place was demolished by the blitz, and the food office had to change address. This is only my suggestion on my long time memory. I am not trying to persuade or criticize anyone, as has been suggested of late.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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69 of 72  Sun 5th Sep 2021 2:36pm  
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There is an advertisement in the Midland Daily Telegraph of 6 November 1940 referring to the Food Office, Warwick Row - ie over a week before the night of the blitz Thumbs up
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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70 of 72  Sun 5th Sep 2021 2:42pm  
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In September 1938, the MDT reports on plans being put in place in the event of control of food supplies in case of an emergency. Amongst the points made is confirmation that the headquarters will be at the Meteor Works showroom, Warwick Row.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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71 of 72  Mon 6th Sep 2021 8:48am  
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Thank you Midland Red, just a thought from the past.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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72 of 72  Mon 6th Sep 2021 2:12pm  
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Really I shouldn't be on this forum, to understand the world of my generation would take great imagination and curiosity. Where the building of ration books was, is of little importance to my generation, the nearest real memory was Churchill’s great speech in 1945 from the balcony of the Ministry of Health. That was the way things were done. And to be trained in brutal savage warfare was also normal. Over 30 million soldiers lost their lives on battlefields in the second world war. But 1945 was a pivotal year when people faced the wreckage, great cities reduced to rubble, populations decimated, we were full of despair, and yet great hope. In countries that had been occupied, harsh revenge was meted out, horror to come, but it was also a new beginning. Democracy.
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