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Midland Red
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61 of 80  Mon 1st Jul 2019 12:02pm  
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Bit of a long shot, Neil Oh my
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NeilsYard
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62 of 80  Mon 1st Jul 2019 1:48pm  
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Thanks, Cliff but the shop itself was a bicycle shop. He was a motorbiker on the side and as mentioned worked on many racing bikes.
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scrutiny
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63 of 80  Mon 1st Jul 2019 4:11pm  
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I think you need Anne or Helen on this. I used to go to Lloyds Bank every Sat late 50s/early 60s, up East Street then Paynes Lane. I remember the pet shop. Know there were other shops, but memory fades. Wish I could help. Sad
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NeilsYard
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64 of 80  Mon 1st Jul 2019 5:22pm  
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Yes I have some unusual / rare Paynes Lane images but nothing that captures the cycle shop.
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Prof
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65 of 80  Mon 1st Jul 2019 6:09pm  
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On 2nd May 2017 12:48am, MisterD-Di said:
On 1st May 2017 3:22pm, Prof said: Anyone remember Forey's bike shop on Foleshill Road, not far from the General Wolf? When first married I sold my Lambretta scooter and we both had new Raleigh bikes from there just before leaving Coventry to live (for five years) in East Yorkshire.
On 1st May 2017 8.29pm, LesMac said: Prof. Could you be thinking of Swifts cycle shop?
I think LesMac may be right. Swifts was on the opposite side to the Wolfe. I had all my childhood bikes from there, as my father had been a customer of theirs for years. Forey's was on the corner of Park Street, opposite corner to Lloyds Bank. When I worked at Weights & Measures in Livingstone Road we had an account there and we were regulars. I don't recall them selling cycles. Forey's was a typical old-fashioned ironmongers with that distinctive smell of paraffin, oil and wood. It was the place we used to send new recruits for spurious items, such as a left handed screwdriver, elbow grease, a glass spanner, or (a particular favourite) a long weight. The staff were always happy to play along! Lol
LesMac Yes, the cycle shop was Swifts! Edited by member, 1st Jul 2019 6:10 pm
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Heathite
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66 of 80  Mon 1st Jul 2019 8:11pm  
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Paynes Lane 1955, two Yardleys . . Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
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67 of 80  Tue 2nd Jul 2019 10:12am  
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Thumbs up Heathite - that is brilliant! Thumbs up That is my granduncle Adrian and his cycle shop! I was with his son (my dad's cousin) last Sunday who only then told me about the shop. Can I ask what that is taken from? Letitia at No.49 is my great grandma Big grin I think she moved from there not long after that to Dillotford Avenue. Interestingly, earlier in the 1900's I know they also lived at No.28 which it appears would have been next to Uncle Adrian's shop as they had a little girl also called Letitia but who sadly died there aged only about 5 in 1909 - possibly why they wanted to move. Thanks again for the info.
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Earlsdon Kid
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68 of 80  Tue 2nd Jul 2019 2:08pm  
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I don't know if anyone can clarify a possible connection with 'Swifts Cycle Shop'? During stints abroad I got to know an Andy Swift around the period of 1979 to early 1980's. At one time I visited a cycle shop which I believe belonged to his father and was possibly the one in Paynes Lane. Unfortunately this was a fleeting visit and memory fails me on this one. I lost touch with Andy, who would have been about 24 at the time. I ask because the ownership of the shop does not appear to fit in with its business name. This in itself is not surprising, indeed my parents owned 'Hyde Stores' in Earlsdon but retained its original name!

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NeilsYard
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69 of 80  Tue 3rd Dec 2019 10:30am  
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On 22nd May 2017 9:29pm, Andydtow said: The shop in the Butts by Gordon St was Kirby cycles. I bought my first Raleigh bike in 1956 from the Midland Cycle Co in Ford St at the junction with Priory St. Also Bob Edmonds Cycles was in Primrose Hill St opposite where the night club is now. Ted Airey ran this shop in the 60s. He also had a Cotton motor cycle. What was the name of the cycle shop on Stoney Stanton Rd. just past Broad St and next to what was Elbe motor cycles? Anyone remember Harry Tennant's motor cycle shop in Jesson St?
As Andy mentioned it - Rob has this image in the Library Collection -
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Prof
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70 of 80  Tue 3rd Dec 2019 11:02am  
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Earlsdon Kid, I think Swift's cycle shop was on the Foleshill Rd opposite the General Wolfe. I sold a motor scooter when I left college in Bristol and bought two cycles, one for me and one for my wife, newly married before we set off to our first home in East Yorkshire. The shop was on the Foleshill Rd and I think it was Swift's. (May have been run/owned by a Mr & Mrs Forey). Edited by member, 3rd Dec 2019 11:03 am
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Earlsdon Kid
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71 of 80  Tue 3rd Dec 2019 9:33pm  
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Thanks Prof, the Google street and satellite view fits in with my recollections of the shop on the corner opposite the Toros Steakhouse, on the Foleshill Road, previously the General Wolfe pub! Cheers
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JohnnieWalker
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72 of 80  Wed 4th Dec 2019 1:03am  
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On 3rd Dec 2019 11:02am, Prof said: Earlsdon Kid, I think Swift's cycle shop was on the Foleshill Rd opposite the General Wolfe. I sold a motor scooter when I left college in Bristol and bought two cycles, one for me and one for my wife, newly married before we set off to our first home in East Yorkshire. The shop was on the Foleshill Rd and I think it was Swift's. (May have been run/owned by a Mr & Mrs Forey). Edited by member, 3rd Dec 2019 11:03 am
Now there's a name from my youth! When I was primary school age (early-mid '50s), my sister and I, and our parents, spent several summer holidays with our maternal grandparents at a Weymouth guest house - "La Touraine" - owned and run by a Mr and Mrs Forey. I loved it because, not only could we walk to the beach, but - even better - there was the railway at the end of the yard where dozens of noisy, smelly steam trains could be watched. My grandfather, Les Bicknell, was an officer of the Order of the Buffaloes, which met at the General Wolfe. In those days when you couldn't use Google to find a nice holiday resort, my guess is that personal introductions would be important. Could Prof's Mr and Mrs Forey at some stage have moved to Weymouth, and therefore be the same as mine?

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Midland Red
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73 of 80  Wed 4th Dec 2019 8:31am  
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Can I throw this photo into the discussion - it’s been discussed elsewhere on HCF
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Midland Red
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74 of 80  Wed 4th Dec 2019 8:33am  
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Earlier in this thread Thumbs up
On 1st Jul 2019 6:09pm, Prof said:
On 2nd May 2017 12:48am, MisterD-Di said:
On 1st May 2017 3:22pm, Prof said: Anyone remember Forey's bike shop on Foleshill Road, not far from the General Wolf? When first married I sold my Lambretta scooter and we both had new Raleigh bikes from there just before leaving Coventry to live (for five years) in East Yorkshire.
On 1st May 2017 8.29pm, LesMac said: Prof. Could you be thinking of Swifts cycle shop?
I think LesMac may be right. Swifts was on the opposite side to the Wolfe. I had all my childhood bikes from there, as my father had been a customer of theirs for years. Forey's was on the corner of Park Street, opposite corner to Lloyds Bank. When I worked at Weights & Measures in Livingstone Road we had an account there and we were regulars. I don't recall them selling cycles. Forey's was a typical old-fashioned ironmongers with that distinctive smell of paraffin, oil and wood. It was the place we used to send new recruits for spurious items, such as a left handed screwdriver, elbow grease, a glass spanner, or (a particular favourite) a long weight. The staff were always happy to play along! Lol
LesMac Yes, the cycle shop was Swifts! Edited by member, 1st Jul 2019 6:10 pm
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Prof
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75 of 80  Wed 4th Dec 2019 9:08am  
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So it was Swift's after all, thanks MR, LesMac.
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