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Heathite
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16 of 27  Thu 17th Aug 2017 10:36am  
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Hi all. This certainly looks like the building, photo from 'Britain from above' 1950. Link info below. EAW030282 ENGLAND (1950) The city centre, Coventry, 1950 It's in the right orientation and that recessed flat roof is clear. Looking on google maps with satellite view, measurements can be taken from the fire station - 250m - and 70m from Ford street. So, was it there in 1950? If it was an electricity house, then maybe the cost of re-routing and connecting whatever it supplies is too dear to consider.
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NeilsYard
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17 of 27  Thu 17th Aug 2017 11:50am  
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As it was behind the baths - pump room maybe? Or would it be too small for that? Actually looking at the photo is there a factory between the two? I love a good mystery Big grin Edited by member, 17th Aug 2017 11:51 am
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Helen F
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18 of 27  Thu 17th Aug 2017 12:58pm  
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The only reason for it still being there is because it contained or contains something too difficult to remove for just a couple of parking bays. Electricity is the most likely option but it may have had a fuel tank underneath to supply a pump/heating system with an access hatch in the building. The 'window' bays are just decoration I think to make it look a little less industrial and probably never held glass. With the whole area being rebuilt it makes sense that the innards have been stripped out. Whole cables/supplies may have been rerouted just to do the excavation and demolition.
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Annewiggy
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19 of 27  Thu 17th Aug 2017 5:03pm  
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Just another theory! In 1939 a decontamination plant for washing contaminated clothes was discussed (it doesn't say if it was built) at the Priory Street baths. It was to be a large shed, open on all sides. Could the recessed area have been open? It could also account for the shape of the roof to hold water. Contaminated clothes would be collected at various points and brought in containers to the plant and put in to tanks. After treatment they were to go to the laundry at the baths.
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NormK
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20 of 27  Thu 17th Aug 2017 6:30pm  
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Anne, this photo is a wall with recessed panels, they were never windows and like Helen said are decoration only and look better than a plain wall.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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21 of 27  Thu 17th Aug 2017 7:58pm  
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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22 of 27  Thu 17th Aug 2017 8:20pm  
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On 17th Aug 2017 8:07am, NeilsYard said: Nice shots Heathite - not like the City Council to leave anything of age still standing - especially if it's empty!
It's not like NormK not to demolish them, either! Wink Lol
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Annewiggy
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23 of 27  Thu 17th Aug 2017 8:42pm  
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Right, another theory ! This is the waterworks on Wall Hill Road in Brownshill Green. The small building on the right is similar to the building we are looking at. If you look on Google maps the roof on this and some of the other buildings are flat and recessed like the mystery building, so is it something to do with water ?
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Midland Red
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24 of 27  Thu 17th Aug 2017 8:57pm  
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This one, on the right? Yes, it looks very similar from what you can see Thumbs up
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Annewiggy
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25 of 27  Thu 17th Aug 2017 9:04pm  
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Yes that's the one, forgot the link, senior moment.😡😡😡
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Midland Red
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26 of 27  Fri 18th Aug 2017 2:19pm  
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I drove past the carpark this morning, and - I can't be 100% certain - I think it's gone Oh my Most of the carpark has had the tarmac lifted and is fenced off
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Midland Red
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27 of 27  Sun 3rd Sep 2017 9:53am  
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Confirmation yesterday that the building HAS been demolished (The car park is actually "Cox Street" but I think we'll leave the conversations as they are in "Fairfax Street") Wink
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