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Annewiggy
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421 of 452  Tue 12th May 2020 3:25pm  
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Lesley says there was a wine shop opposite. My mum worked in Bablake Wines until it was closed in 1982. An article mum has in her scrapbook says they had been on that site, 162 Spon Street, for over 50 years. It was to the left of the 3 storey building that is still there, so I would think that Lesley's gran’s shop would have been somewhere opposite there.
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sally watson
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422 of 452  Mon 22nd Jun 2020 8:41pm  
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That's fantastic! It’s my house with the 2 doors on the left of photo, I have a few tears in my eyes now, but they are wonderful HAPPY tears of JOY. THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIES.
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Helen F
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423 of 452  Mon 22nd Jun 2020 8:48pm  
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Happy to unearth it. Thumbs up
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Prof
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424 of 452  Sat 5th Sep 2020 11:43am  
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J. & S. Godfrey, Bakers & Confectioners, No. 40 Spon Street. Forum library image
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Slim
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425 of 452  Sat 5th Sep 2020 7:04pm  
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On 11th May 2020 3:34pm, Lesley Kirby said: Looking from the road... to the right was a chemist (Boons??). Looking from the shop... across the road was a wine shop, a corn merchants, but their names I can't remember.
My memory is of the corn merchants on Spon Street. It was a single-storey brick building, and the name was John Boon (maybe Boone). I remember going there once or twice on a Saturday, on our local trip into town in my father’s old car (nobody had a new car in those days, unless they were a film star). My father had recently taken up the hobby of making wine at home, and yeast was needed to start fermentation. John Boon would paste a teaspoon-sized dollop of this sticky light brown-yellow gooey substance onto a piece of greaseproof paper, for which he charged the princely sum of 1/2d. (That’s a halfpenny in old money for the younger generations, worth about a fifth of a modern 1p coin). It was a very generous helping (dollop) too, enough to start the fermentation process for the whole of a large brewery in Burton-on-Trent, like Marston’s. I guess he was glad to be shot of it before it went off, and had to be scrapped out, for I remember him having quite a large container (barrel?) of the stuff. The greaseproof paper in those days was proper greaseproof paper, by which I mean that it did what it claimed to do on the tin. Unlike the modern “greaseproof” paper in which they wrap your cod and sixpennorth, which isn’t greaseproof at all, but is adsorbent, so that by the time you get home, it’s gone all soggy and stuck to your fish and chips like a certain proverbial substance to the bed linen, and you have to spend time picking bits of soggy paper off your food, which by the time you’ve finished has gone cold. I’m sure it’s deliberate to add to the stress in our lives (blame the government...?). Those good old days were before ‘elf n’ safety had gone mad. Does anyone remember how the flavour of the chips was enhanced by being wrapped in old newspaper? They tell me things have improved over time. Anyway, back to Mr Boon’s corn merchant emporium. That was about half way along Spon Street, so I’m fairly certain it was demolished to make way for the ring road.
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Heathite
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426 of 452  Sat 5th Sep 2020 7:36pm  
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Spon Street 1957 showing Boons.
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Slim
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427 of 452  Mon 7th Sep 2020 8:25am  
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Thanks for that, Heathite. I thought the correct spelling was Boon.
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Prof
Gloucester
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428 of 452  Thu 10th Sep 2020 1:09pm  
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NeilsYard
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429 of 452  Tue 5th Jan 2021 3:12pm  
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Anyone got any ground level images of Holyhead House which was on the corner of Spon St and Lower Holyhead Road? I think it was destroyed in the war?
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Mick Strong
Coventry
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430 of 452  Tue 5th Jan 2021 5:58pm  
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Hi Neil Reading thro the list you have posted, I was wondering if number 12 Chapel Yard was a hostel? People are listed as 32 ct, 9 hse. Do you know what this stands for? This is the same for number 3, Lime Tree Cottages. Could not find Lime Tree Cottages on the map? Thanks Mick
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Prof
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431 of 452  Tue 5th Jan 2021 6:59pm  
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Mick Strong. 32Ct 9hse = 32 Court, 9 House (dwelling #9 in Court 32)
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Prof
432 of 452  Tue 5th Jan 2021 7:10pm  
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Helen F
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433 of 452  Tue 5th Jan 2021 9:20pm  
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Mick, the Lime Tree Cottages were at the end of Court 47. Lime Tree Cottages at Old Maps
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Helen F
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434 of 452  Tue 5th Jan 2021 9:37pm  
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Neil, Harrier posted this. I've got a rough sketch of it but the pictures from Britain From Above are about the best.
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Mick Strong
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435 of 452  Wed 6th Jan 2021 9:01am  
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On 5th Jan 2021 9:20pm, Helen F said: Mick, the Lime Tree Cottages were at the end of Court 47. Lime Tree Cottages at Old Maps
Thanks Helen. It looks like all of the courts were in the triangle that was formed by Spon St meeting the Holyhead Road? Why were they called courts? Does anyone have pictures of the buildings? Thanks Mick
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