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Annewiggy
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46 of 53  Sun 31st Jan 2021 11:54am  
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There are several pictures in the newspapers of the construction of the subway but they are not very clear so not worth posting. Thinking about the one on the Holy Trinity side it was at the end of the shops, which were probably still the prefabs, I think it was a ramp not steps but I may be wrong. It was not far from the 16 bus stop so under the road and start shopping, or in the evening waiting by Burtons's!!
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Midland Red
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47 of 53  Sun 31st Jan 2021 12:01pm  
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Yes, Anne, it was at the end of the temporary shops, and was a slope. The nearest bus stop was no.9 to Earlsdon, then 16, 17 and 2 (outside Lyons)!
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Kaga simpson
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48 of 53  Sat 6th Feb 2021 10:30am  
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Annewiggy, hello and good morning, Anne, on post 208, I assume the newspaper cutting was from the Coventry evening paper, 1950s. It said several middens were found - wonder what they had in mind? Midden was waste rubbish, like fish bones, old small feathers and the like, that you threw away.
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Annewiggy
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49 of 53  Sat 6th Feb 2021 11:14am  
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The article was 15th April 1950, Kaga. A midden to my mind is a cesspit but I thought the old hole in the ground was called a midden.
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mcsporran
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50 of 53  Sun 7th Feb 2021 5:14am  
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On 31st Jan 2021 12:01pm, Midland Red said: Yes, Anne, it was at the end of the temporary shops, and was a slope. The nearest bus stop was no.9 to Earlsdon, then 16, 17 and 2 (outside Lyons)!
This is my model of the subway ramp at the Holy Trinity end of the row of temporary shops, built from memory as I'd not found a reasonable image. The other end had a ramp alongside Owens as well as steps up to Broadgate and also a direct entrance to Owens lower ground floor.
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Annewiggy
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51 of 53  Sun 7th Feb 2021 9:47am  
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Thanks Mcsporran, yes, it all comes back now, that is just as I remember it.
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Kaga simpson
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52 of 53  Sun 7th Feb 2021 10:09am  
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Annewiggy, good morning, As there is no date, there were no tunnels before 1960, except the service tunnel that carried the cables, pipes etc from the Precinct to the church side, as far as I am aware.
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Annewiggy
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53 of 53  Sun 7th Feb 2021 2:30pm  
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The subway was definitely opened by 1954. A comment in September 1954 “A Warwickshire Man’s Diary” says that a notice should be put up because people were not using the subway and still trying to cross the road. A spokesman from the corporation said that they had considered it but people would be more aware of it when the Owen Owen block opens. Owen Owen opened on 1st October 1954. The pedestrian crossing went out of use on 1st July 1954 when new regulations came into use.
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