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Old December 8th, 2019, 06:33 PM   #21
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Most of the blocks of high rise flats had gone when I was last in Coventry which was Summer 2011. Does anyone know what replaced them?
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Looks like a mini Cabrini-Green
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Old December 9th, 2019, 05:23 PM   #23
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I read somewhere that Hillfields was one of three Coventry areas that were identified for comprehensive redevelopment in the 60s. Does anyone know what the other two were ?
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Old December 9th, 2019, 08:41 PM   #24
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It’s possible one of them was at the Butts although this may have been a little earlier than the 60’s. There was some pretty widespread clearance of properties that were originally occupied by workers at Rover and Rudge. The development around the Butts (although covering a fairly similar area of land to that in Hillfields off Primrose Hill Street) was nowhere near as commanding in scale.
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Old December 24th, 2019, 11:40 AM   #25
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Old December 27th, 2019, 07:00 PM   #26
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One from the Francis Frith collection.
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Old December 27th, 2019, 07:05 PM   #27
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An aerial view over the Precinct in 1930.


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Check out this link http://www.historiccoventry.co.uk/no...recinct-aerial
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King's Head Hotel on Hertford Street, 1927.


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Old December 27th, 2019, 09:17 PM   #29
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A shot taken over Hillfields (10/05/1961) with one of the new tower blocks in the distance.


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Old December 30th, 2019, 08:48 PM   #30
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Jordan Well - Postcard
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Jordan Well again, c.1920s

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Old December 31st, 2019, 02:04 AM   #31
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An aerial view over the Precinct in 1930.


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Check out this link http://www.historiccoventry.co.uk/no...recinct-aerial
This is a view over Broadgate towards what became the precinct. I think the street on the far left (With the white building on the corner) is Smithford Street, and the small tower on the left is the market tower (This survived the blitz, but was demolished as it was unsafe.) The area near there was 'West Orchard'.

It's seems to me that they replaced a network of small streets and alleyways that had grown organically over decades with a network of dismal walkways and cut throughs that has been in constant flux and struggled to work. Could this be because the pre-war city grew in response to the flow of people and commerce, whereas the new city was just based on an 'idea' of how a city should work? One reason I liked the plan for Precinct South was that it seemed to be a bit of a recreation of the 'spirit' of the old city, with things a bit more connected up and more in line with the movement of people through the centre. (Removing the bridges and Coventry Point will be a huge bonus! There're some nice period features on the precinct buildings that get overlooked.)
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Craven Street in the historic Chapelfields area.

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Aerial view of Coventry in the 1920s.

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Postcard of Broadgate viewed from Hertford Street.

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Old January 5th, 2020, 10:37 PM   #35
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Here are some shots of Coventry city centre in the 1860s taken by Wyatt Wingrave who owned a chemist shop in the High Street.

High Street

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Gosford Street

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Bayley Lane again

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Broadgate

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Bishop Street

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Greyfriars Green

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Old January 6th, 2020, 02:12 AM   #36
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This has reminded of a project I had been following for a while.

If you have an interest in historic Coventry, I urge you to check this out.


Coventry Rebuilt Website

He is creating a detailed 3d model of historic Coventry for an app where you can eventually travel down a street in different time periods.



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Mount Street, in the historic Chapelfields area.


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Old January 14th, 2020, 02:34 PM   #38
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Cross Cheaping

The Royal Vaults pub (with the Cheshire's sign), viewed here from lower Broadgate, is the start of Cross Cheaping.

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The Royal Vaults although it has a different sign on its side this time.

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Old January 14th, 2020, 02:48 PM   #39
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Coventry Train Station

This photo was taken in 1952, ten years before the station was completely rebuilt.

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The Rover Showrooms on Warwick Row with the long lost The Three Tuns Commercial Hotel next door as you head up the street. Rover's big Meteor Works was behind the showrooms.

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An aerial view of the Meteor Works with the Rover Showrooms and The Three Tuns to the right.

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The Three Tuns Commercial Hotel. 1900. Unfortunately, some browsers can't view photos or links from oldukphotos.com

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