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1 of 8  Wed 28th Dec 2011 1:21pm  
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Can anyone remember what Dafferns did? Shop? I remember the name, and the head of the Dafferns family in 1891 was an accountant.
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TonyS
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2 of 8  Wed 28th Dec 2011 3:49pm  
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A simple google search for "Daffern Coventry" reveals they are indeed a firm of accountants, and still going strong. Their website can be found here.
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3 of 8  Wed 28th Dec 2011 5:35pm  
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I vaguely remember them having a shop front, and I thought it was something else they sold - could have been another branch of the family perhaps, but irritatingly, I can't recall where it was, or anything about it. They were listed as stockbrokers elsewhere, but it wasn't a stocks and shares shop!
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PhilipInCoventry
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4 of 8  Thu 29th Dec 2011 10:13pm  
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Dafferns joined with Stevens (might be Stephens or Stevenson?). They had offices in Queen Victoria Rd. At one time they were Coventry's only independant Stock Exchange member. You have to be a member in order to trade on the stock floor (as it was known) of the stock exchange. Wave
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5 of 8  Fri 30th Dec 2011 12:39pm  
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Hi Philip! Wave Happy New Year! Cheers Mmm, I was sort of gravitating to that area. I found that the present day Daffern's accountants business is in Queen's Road, and that began to very faintly ring a bell. Thanks for the info! Thumbs up
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dreng21
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6 of 8  Tue 1st Nov 2016 6:36pm  
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Thomas Mason Daffern founded the current Coventry Building Society. He had 2 children, Thomas Wells and Beatrice. She joined with Mr Stephenson as Daffern and Stephenson. As a woman she could not trade at Stock Exchange, but she was the brains behind the business, getting people to invest in rubber plantations (car tyres), Courtaulds and other up and coming businesses. She was in the heart of Motor City and could see which way the city was going. Her brother joined the family firm, Daffern and Co. as an accountant and was also Finance Director at Swallow/Jaguar cars. Thomas Mason lived for a time in St Patricks Road and then moved to Broadwater on the Kenilworth Road, near Davenport Road. The two stone gateposts remain as I have seen in a post on this superb website. A book was written about the history of the Coventry Building Society, called Every Man His Own Landlord, author Martin Davis.
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7 of 8  Wed 2nd Nov 2016 6:12am  
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Have they any connection with Daffern's Dahlias at or near Haseley Knob over Honiley way in 1950s
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PhilipInCoventry
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8 of 8  Wed 2nd Nov 2016 8:08am  
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On 1st Nov 2016 6:36pm, dreng21 said: Thomas Mason Daffern founded the current Coventry Building Society. He had 2 children, Thomas Wells and Beatrice. She joined with Mr Stephenson as Daffern and Stephenson. As a woman she could not trade at Stock Exchange, but she was the brains behind the business, getting people to invest in rubber plantations (car tyres), Courtaulds and other up and coming businesses. She was in the heart of Motor City and could see which way the city was going. Her brother joined the family firm, Daffern and Co. as an accountant and was also Finance Director at Swallow/Jaguar cars. Thomas Mason lived for a time in St Patricks Road and then moved to Broadwater on the Kenilworth Road, near Davenport Road. The two stone gateposts remain as I have seen in a post on this superb website. A book was written about the history of the Coventry Building Society, called Every Man His Own Landlord, author Martin Davis.
Daffern & Stephenson 'may have been' Coventry's only stock-exchanger floor members. I used them until they ceased trading.
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