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Baz
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1 of 14  Sun 23rd Aug 2015 10:04am  
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Hi all. Here's one for you all. Anywhere outside Coventry shows how many miles it is to get here. But where is here. The point of where you have reached Coventry. The point from where the miles are calculated. I believe it must be Broadgate. But someone may know the correct point. I ask this as I remember a programme showing where London's point was. It was near to Charing Cross. Big grin BBC Article
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Arthur
West Yorks.
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2 of 14  Sun 23rd Aug 2015 11:33am  
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Never given much thought to this Baz, I thought it was when you had hit the Coventry boundary you were in Coventry.

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bohica
coventry
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3 of 14  Sun 23rd Aug 2015 12:50pm  
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There must be a fixed point somewhere as boundaries are always changing as areas expand.
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Blueleader
Coventry
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4 of 14  Sun 23rd Aug 2015 1:50pm  
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Distances traditionally were measured to the GPO in each city/town centre. Coventry GPO used to be in Hertford street
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dutchman
Spon End
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5 of 14  Sun 23rd Aug 2015 1:59pm  
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It's exactly half a mile (as the crow flies) from the half-mile sign in Spon End to the Godiva statue in Broadgate!
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Baz
Coventry
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6 of 14  Sun 23rd Aug 2015 2:38pm  
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The centre of the ring road system is certainly Broadgate (see google map). But as mentioned the old GPO office was just off that in Hertford St. It must have been and still is around that area. Love little puzzles like this. Happy
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pixrobin
7 of 14  Sun 23rd Aug 2015 3:01pm  
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TonyS
Coventry
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9 of 14  Sun 23rd Aug 2015 3:34pm  
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There is a brass stud, mounted in the pavement just outside the door of Ernest Jones the jewellers in the Upper Precinct, declaring that to be "the centre". Can't remember exactly where it's purporting to be the centre of though Roll eyes Pixrobin, as far as distance goes, we still measure in miles for the same reason our cars display miles on the speedo and we refer to MPH & MPG.
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Dreamtime
10 of 14  Sun 23rd Aug 2015 3:51pm  
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pixrobin
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pixrobin
Canley
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12 of 14  Sun 23rd Aug 2015 4:31pm  
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And we buy petrol/diesel in litres. Is this so it doesn't appear too expensive and hides the real cost of running a car?
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Baz
Coventry
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13 of 14  Sun 23rd Aug 2015 4:35pm  
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Work out how much a gallon of petrol costs these days. When you think how much it cost back then ? Oh my
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TonyS
Coventry
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14 of 14  Mon 24th Aug 2015 9:42am  
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Interesting chart here - fuel prices over the years
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