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Annewiggy
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31 of 42  Wed 20th Nov 2013 2:56pm  
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Can anyone identify either of these 2 buildings for me. I am sure someone will know what the large building is but the half timbered one might be a bit more difficult.
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TonyS
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32 of 42  Wed 20th Nov 2013 2:59pm  
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The large one looks a bit like Leigh Mills, but I'm not sure if LM was that many floors?
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Schumacher88
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33 of 42  Fri 29th Nov 2013 1:06pm  
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Can anybody tell me why the Tudor style pub that was set back on the corner of Hales Street opposite the Hippodrome (now the Transport Museum) was knocked down and was replaced by just a boring patch of grass as I remember this building from when I was younger and is no longer there.
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Harrier
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34 of 42  Fri 29th Nov 2013 1:51pm  
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Has anyone else seen the huge holes on the site of the gas holders? Top deck of a double decker (900) coming down the slip road from the Holyhead Road onto the ring road gives an excellent view!
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Midland Red
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35 of 42  Fri 29th Nov 2013 1:52pm  
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That would be The Smithfield If you put "Smithfield" in the search box at the top, you will find several references to it in other threads on this site Thumbs up
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NormK
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36 of 42  Thu 12th Dec 2013 7:29pm  
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This is me lifting a underground petrol storage tank at the Foundry at the end of Grove Street..
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Foxcote
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37 of 42  Thu 12th Dec 2013 9:03pm  
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Cracking action shot NormK Thumbs up Looks a delicate job, how deep were the tanks then?
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NormK
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38 of 42  Thu 12th Dec 2013 9:13pm  
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From what I remember the top of the tank was about 3 feet below the surface, the tank itself was about 6/7 feet deep and 10 feet long. The reason why it looks like I was struggling a bit, most tanks are in wet sand and once you break the suction they come out quite easily Thumbs up
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mickw
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39 of 42  Fri 13th Dec 2013 12:25am  
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On 12th Dec 2013 7:29pm, NormK said: This is me lifting a underground petrol storage tank at the Foundry at the end of Grove Street..
Looks as though you were a bit handy with a drot in those days Norm great photo Thumbs up Thumbs up
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Tim Hamer
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40 of 42  Wed 18th Dec 2013 10:53pm  
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On 29th Nov 2013 1:06pm, Schumacher88 said: Can anybody tell me why the Tudor style pub that was set back on the corner of Hales Street opposite the Hippodrome (now the Transport Museum) was knocked down and was replaced by just a boring patch of grass as I remember this building from when I was younger and is no longer there.
Are you thinking of the Smithfield? A lot of people couldn't understand why it came down. Protest as we did, the council, like a spoilt child, had to have its own way. The Coventry Theatre / Hippodrome, one of the pubs in Bishop Street, the next one to come down will be junction 6 on the ring road, because the spoilt brats in the Council House say so.
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flapdoodle
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41 of 42  Thu 19th Dec 2013 7:33am  
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To be fair, the pub on Hales Street was supposed to be replaced by a new building, but it fell through due to the lack of demand for housing in the centre of the city (Coventry just isn't lively enough for city centre living). The last thing I heard they were trying to get student flats (Surprise surprise!) built there. That 'square' outside the car museum is pretty ghastly... A big empty space with those pointless arches and assorted clutter in it, and the 'phoenix' initiative, that was to incorporate the canal basin and the space between Trinity and Burges has stalled. The area was much better before - it should have been renovated, not all destroyed for a gimmicky development that hasn't worked. I disagree about junction 6, it goes some way to repair the considerable damage the ring road has done to the city. Even the changes made to made to remove all the subways make the link between and city centre and station better.
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Helen F
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42 of 42  Mon 13th Mar 2017 12:14pm  
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On 20th Nov 2013 2:56pm, Annewiggy said: Can anyone identify either of these 2 buildings for me. I am sure someone will know what the large building is but the half timbered one might be a bit more difficult.
Ok, I've worked out the location of the half timbered building. It's the north side of Gosford Street, just east of the Royal Oak on the south. I'll give more details on the Gosford Street thread. The left side is the back of the buildings, the right is the side.
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