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creteskyblue
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1 of 67  Thu 17th Nov 2011 4:59pm  
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Did not Holbrooks have a store in Warwick Lane just before the junction with Greyfriars Lane in the fifties? Regards.
Enjoy life,remember we walk this way but once.

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K
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2 of 67  Thu 17th Nov 2011 6:33pm  
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I can remember going in their shop in Hertford St. It had been patched up after the blitz damage, and floor was like walking across a mini set of Alps. I seem to remember that they had a small shop front in Warwick Lane behind the chemist. But there wasn't much up Warwick Lane, shop-wise, the biggest building was the Methodist Central Hall. Holbrooks' shop must have been pretty much next door to the MC Hall.
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heritage
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3 of 67  Fri 18th Nov 2011 8:14am  
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The Holbrooks shop was next to the Central Hall, more or less where the car park is now. We bought a black pouffe from there in 1966, the first piece of new furniture after getting married. We still have it, though it is not currently in use. I remember it as an excellent shop but generally out of our price range. Like many people we set up home with cast off furniture from parents, even the second hand tv sat on the floor as we couldn't afford anything to put it on.
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Slim
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4 of 67  Sun 25th Sep 2016 12:06pm  
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My memory as a nipper is that Holbrooks was just below Ford's Hospital. My Dad would drive to the sorting office every Friday evening, to make sure his pools coupon caught the post. (He never won, by the way. Interesting that he always said gambling was a mug's game, having seen his elder brother's in-laws get into real financial bother by being hooked on the gee-gees or the dogs. But then I guess Dad's losses were trivial in comparison.) I would usually accompany him, and could not understand what he found it so interesting staring into a shop window studying the merchandise. I was bored. The building was one of those single storey cheap corrugated iron/asbestos sheet rooved things erected quickly after WW2 bombing. Apart from being a suburb of Coventry, there was also a lady near my parents' shop who in former days had her own ladies' accordion band. Her stage name was Dorothy Holbrooks, because that's where she originally came from. Her son used to own a well-known car radio and entertainment shop in Coventry.
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coventry49
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5 of 67  Sun 25th Sep 2016 5:24pm  
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After the bombing and destruction of Christ Church in the April 1941 blitz, meetings were held in some 'Rooms' in Warwick Lane on the same side of the lane as the MCH if my memory serves me right. These rooms possibly belonged to the MCH. The actual church services were held in St Michael's Mission church, originally an old Baptist Church in Whitefriars Lane. (More details in the thread on Whitefriars Lane). The rooms and Mission were used by Christ Church until the new church was completed in Cheylesmore in 1956/57. I have only a very hazy memory of the rooms and Mission as I was only a child at the time.
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Annewiggy
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6 of 67  Thu 19th Oct 2017 11:32am  
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To add to Rob's comment in "What happened on this day", some pictures of The Grapes as it was in 1937 and Warwick Lane 1938, and after it was partly demolished in the war to become the smallest pub. It must have been a bit cosy in there. Not sure about the name of the bridge though
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Annewiggy
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7 of 67  Thu 19th Oct 2017 12:11pm  
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Another article from the newspaper archive This Inn Moved With the Times. It is surprising how large is the number of unique features of the ancient city which have been destroyed or badly damaged by air raids on Coventry. One of the most interesting was the Grapes Inn at the bottom of Warwick Lane. You have heard of a travellers' inn, but have you heard of a travelled inn? Well, the Grapes comes into that novel category. It was erected in Warwick Lane in 1643
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Midland Red

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8 of 67  Thu 19th Oct 2017 12:30pm  
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On 19th Oct 2017 11:32am, Annewiggy said: Not sure about the name of the bridge though
It refers to Holbrooks store which was there - not to the Holbrooks district Thumbs up
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Annewiggy
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9 of 67  Thu 19th Oct 2017 12:40pm  
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Thanks MR Blush Blush Blush
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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10 of 67  Thu 19th Oct 2017 2:20pm  
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Fantastic rare images Anne - thanks for sharing Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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11 of 67  Tue 5th Dec 2017 1:16pm  
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A slightly different shot of Anne's image from earlier here.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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12 of 67  Thu 7th Jun 2018 9:55pm  
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Here's a much better image of 'The Grapes' in its final tiny stage -
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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13 of 67  Wed 13th Jun 2018 12:54am  
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I've only just found this amazing image of The Grapes which Rob captured in the Library Pictures Collection - now that's what I call a 'snug'! Cheers
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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14 of 67  Wed 12th Sep 2018 11:52am  
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Not sure which book this was taken from so rights to the owner but just shared on FB - unusual view of the period looking over across to Hertford Street and beyond.
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Prof
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15 of 67  Fri 21st Sep 2018 9:52pm  
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Did I read somewhere that the bridge was connected with Holbrooks furniture store? Years ago I met a Mr Holbrook, member of the Coventry family, here in Gloucester.
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