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vicky81
wyken coventry
1 of 71  Tue 8th Jun 2010 4:26pm  

What is Fords Hospital now used for and why was the part of the building not damaged by the bomb knocked down?
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
2 of 71  Tue 8th Jun 2010 8:07pm  

Hi Vicky, First the good news.... Ford's Hospital is still used for its original purpose, which is as a home for elderly folk. If the undamaged part to which you refer is in the photo below, then that wasn't actually part of Ford's, and I believe that it was knocked down to allow the building of the old Postal Sorting Office, which used to stand before the Salt Lane car park took its place. I might be wrong however, and someone like 'Dutchman' may be able to add more about that. It's quite a shame though, because that old cottage plus the restored Ford's Hospital would've made a super old pairing. Ford's Hospital
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dutchman
Spon End
3 of 71  Mon 14th Jun 2010 8:58pm  

Rob Orland said: ...I believe that it was knocked down to allow the building of the old Postal Sorting Office, which used to stand before the Salt Lane car park took its place.
The sorting office was built long before the war so unless an extension was added to it later I don't think it had any impact on the cottage immediately next to the hospital which survived the war?
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
4 of 71  Wed 16th Jun 2010 7:35am  

Thanks for that dutchman. I've never seen any information about the sorting office, so for some reason I'd assumed that it was a post-war building completely at the expense of the cottage.
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
5 of 71  Wed 16th Jun 2010 10:10pm  

Further to my above posting I've found this postcard of mine, undated but possibly from the 1960s. The angle is deceptive, so I can't quite make up my mind whether there was room for the cottage between the sorting office and Ford's. If there wasn't room for it, then maybe the cottage did have to give way for an extension? The right hand end of the sorting office does look feasibly like an add-on. Forum image
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Midland Red

6 of 71  Sat 19th Jun 2010 2:17pm  

Hi Rob Just had a look at this postcard of Ford's Hospital after the renovation of war damage, and one can see on the side wall of the Sorting Office the outline of the demolished cottages - I'd thought that the photo showing the cottages suggested they were wider than the garden wall which stood between Ford's and the Sorting Office, but clearly that was an illusion and the cottages did indeed abut the wall of the Sorting Office
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
7 of 71  Sat 19th Jun 2010 2:47pm  

Thanks for that Cliff - you've sorted this one now! And what a smashing postcard too, which perfectly illustrates the way the cottages fitted in between. Now I've seen your card I can see that the outline is indeed slightly visible on my poor quality image. Although the angle makes it difficult to tell, do you think there could be a narrow alley between the garden wall and the sorting office? It still looks like the newly build garden wall wasn't quite as long as the cottages were wide, especially when looking again at the small war-damage photo above. Incidentally, does anyone know when the sorting office was demolished?
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dutchman
Spon End
8 of 71  Thu 23rd Sep 2010 9:37pm  

Can't answer any of the above questions but quite by chance I came across this unusually good quality photo of the hospital taken for LIFE magazine in 1941 which I can't reproduce here for obvious reasons: Ford's Hospital circa 1941
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
9 of 71  Fri 24th Sep 2010 7:54pm  

That's a great photo, very clear, and nice that it shows more of the street too, rather than only a close up. Ford's is a notoriously difficult building to get a good photo of actually, because of all the higher buildings across the street and the trees, which cast the frontage in deep shadow for most of the day. Did any of you manage to get an inside look during Heritage Weekend two weeks ago? It was the first time it's been opened up to the public for one of these weekends, and I'm so glad we went. What a fantastic place, full of character - and characters! I even asked the folk inside how they were treated when David Tennant and Co. 'kicked them out' for the making of Doctor Who back in 2006, and apparently they were treated very well.... the BBC offered them a hotel and meal, and the six of them ran up a bill for 1,200 quid!!! Glad to hear that our licence money isn't completely wasted!
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NeilsYard
Coventry
10 of 71  Sat 25th Sep 2010 10:19am  

Great stuff Rob and Dutchman - really interesting. Who the heck decided to stick that car park there! Even after the war Greyfriars Lane looked interesting and a lot more attractive than it does now...
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NeilsYard
Coventry
11 of 71  Wed 17th Jan 2018 2:26pm  

A lovely 1920 shot up Greyfriars Lane.
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Prof
Gloucester
12 of 71  Fri 9th Nov 2018 10:14pm  

Thanks to Rob The garden view
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Helen F
Warrington
13 of 71  Tue 13th Nov 2018 11:22am  

Two very pretty shots Prof. I'm more used to seeing in black and white or paint. Neil, good one. I've seen several of the that building on the right looking the other way but this is the first from that direction. The majority move forward and miss it altogether.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
14 of 71  Thu 15th Nov 2018 1:13am  

Here it is again Helen but looking that other way. Not in quite as good a state though. It actually appears to be a more substantial building there than in my earlier pre-damage photo. (Thanks to Historic England again)
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
15 of 71  Thu 15th Nov 2018 1:49am  

Neil, it's not until you see these old and priceless photos that you realise the true extent of war damage caused to the city. The new generations since wouldn't have a clue or have seen Coventry of old, and thanks to you and other members on HC, and Rob for making it possible, who seem to come up with all this photogenic history it's now there for us all to see. Thumbs up
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