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Primrose
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16 of 18  Sun 2nd Jan 2022 12:28am  
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Thank you, Helen. I can get a sense of what the street was like from that picture. Looks like there were indeed topshops - I think it's the first floor of the damaged buildings that is the focus of the picture. Do you agree?
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Primrose
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17 of 18  Sun 2nd Jan 2022 12:41am  
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Argon, I haven't seen a list of casualties for Swan Street but my gran's five brothers were all in the army during WWI. Only 3 of them still lived in Swan Street at the time they enlisted, the other 2 being married. All of them survived the war but the oldest brother suffered from shell shock at Arras and spent the rest of his life in a mental hospital. I know Waterstones once had a book of WWI servicemen from Coventry and it had pictures of all five of my great-uncles. I'm still kicking myself for not buying it!
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Helen F
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18 of 18  Sun 2nd Jan 2022 4:54pm  
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On 2nd Jan 2022 12:28am, Primrose said: Thank you, Helen. I can get a sense of what the street was like from that picture. Looks like there were indeed topshops - I think it's the first floor of the damaged buildings that is the focus of the picture. Do you agree?
Yes Primrose, the door on the left is the first floor (UK convention) with rubble from the top floor and first floor collapsed into the ground floor. There were a lot of early homes built to that and similar designs in the early 1800s. According to maps that area was still unbuilt in 1807 but was there by 1840. I can't date the areas exactly but I think the area was developed much closer to 1807 than 1840.
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