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Helen F
Warrington
271 of 276  Tue 19th Mar 2024 10:06pm  

That would explain the explosion of activity in the 20s and 30s. When I first started looking at Coventry's early streets, I assumed that the War had wiped it all out but the town planners probably had a bigger hand in the destruction.
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rocksolid
Bristol
272 of 276  Tue 19th Mar 2024 11:14pm  

On 18th Mar 2024 7:53pm, Annewiggy said: There seems to be a lot of tailors round at that time, all trying to say they made the cheapest suits. There is a Fred Burn, tailor in Birmingham, so I don't know if that is the same man. I did find an ad that said Fred had 2 other shops but I will have to find that again. The cinema was going to be built by Capital and Provincial news theatres Ltd and was to seat 400 people with a shop in front, so not too small. They pulled out of the project, saying they could not carry it out.
I think it's more than likely that the Birmingham Fred Burn is the same as the Coventry namesake. it would be too much of a coincidence to have 2 tailors of the same name in adjoining towns. There were a number of firms pre-war who had branches in several Midland towns such as Whitfield's (Wolverhampton) Ltd ladies wear in Broadgate, T A Collins Ltd, boots and shoes, and A D Wimbush and Son Ltd bakers who had branches all over the West Midlands.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
273 of 276  Thu 21st Mar 2024 1:13pm  

Thanks to CliffB - 1931
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Helen F
Warrington
274 of 276  Thu 21st Mar 2024 1:41pm  

So Fred hadn't started his upgrade at that point. It always irks me that the distant view is almost always obscured in these photos but I forget how much cleaner our air is now, which in turn leads to less mist and fog.
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rocksolid
Bristol
275 of 276  Thu 21st Mar 2024 7:15pm  

I've seen this photo before but never noticed something. Just left of centre, ie the the left of the tram and the dark van there is something going on on the pavement. It looks like a small group of people crowding round ... what? a street stall? Is that likely? It's a shame the picture isn't clearer, I would love to know what they were up to? I wonder if there's a zoomable copy somewhere. Coventry Digital maybe?
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Helen F
Warrington
276 of 276  Thu 21st Mar 2024 10:46pm  

It's not one that I've seen on Coventry Digital. They do seem to be peering at something. Maybe there are excavations going on beyond the barrier? It's where the remains of any foundations where the Crystal Palace pub would have been. There is quite a series of photographs here now tracking the demolitions and new buildings along that side. 1914 Comeley's rebuilt over the river and #1, 2 Post 1926 #9-14 demolished Demolished before 1929 #4-8 ???? #15-17 demolished 1929 Wine Lodge Opened 1929 #3 year Crystal Palace pub closed and demolished When Burton's joined Comeley's on the plots of 1 and 2, there was a bit of renumbering to make it 1, 2 and 3. The real number 3, the Crystal Palace pub, became 3a. I've just wasted an hour working out exactly what the building sat on because of the renumbering. Angry
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