Above and below: I have seen many pictures of Butcher Row where one of the shops has a shield sign and always wondered what it meant. It seems to have on top a knight’s helmet with plumes of feathers.
Above and below: this drawing from 1920 approximately reveals the wording ‘Ye Olde Curiositie Shoppe’.
Above and below: here in Little Butcher Row another shop of the same name. I don’t know if the owner had both shops or if they relocated from one street to another.
Above: Flinn & Co. Warwick Row.
Above: 2017 and the building is now the United Reform Church cafe
Above: The Ford Cortina Mk 1 dates the older picture to 1962 onwards.
A photo from Smithford Street. The American Annual Of Photography, 1936, has the listing “Miss Edith Osborne, 68 Smithford St., Coventry”.
The City Arcade in some period after the WW2 bombing of Smithford Street, at the left side of the arcade is the temporary Woolworth building.
Seen from further back in Broadgate, the badly bombed Smithford Street with the City Arcade in the centre distance.
Inside: All the arcade’s shop fronts were damaged. The first one along this side, Salisbury’s, then Winter’s Store.
The next one along is the inside entrance to Woolworth’s. The bomb damage seems to have uncovered part of an old Woolworth sign beneath the then current one.
More damage on the other side of the arcade. Outside, across the road in Smithford Street is the Currys shop.
Seen here in possibly the early 1950s, Broadgate House built across the top of Smithford Street and the City Arcade still there.
Above: The approximate modern day location of the City Arcade.
The fronts of the Three shop and the left section of BHS is the roughly the location of where the City Arcade’s front was.
Above & Below: In the arcade, towards the rear entrance onto Barracks Market.
This is the rear of the City Arcade, opening onto the the Barracks Market area. The rear of the arcade in the present day would be roughly at the centre of the Coventry Point office blocks building in Market Way.
The centre distance of this photo is the approximate modern location of the City Arcade rear
Above: The rear of the Study Inn seen from Hales Street, showing where The Pilgrims Rest was. To the left of centre, roughly where the vertical white rectangle is, would be the edge of the Pilgrims Rest at the left side of where the now missing section of Palmer Lane was. That section would have been leading down towards the camera and diagonally slightly to the left for a short distance then curving to the right.
Above: On New Buildings, looking towards where the Ironmonger Row entrance was roughly at the edge of the Study Inn’s side, going diagonally towards the far rear corner of the Study Inn and carrying on through the shops to the kerb edge in Cross Cheaping.
Above: On Ironmonger Row looking towards Warners shop in Cross Cheaping, with the Bull Ring area of Butcher Row at the left. Probably 1936 just before the Butcher Row demolition to build Trinity Street which would pass across this point. The photographer was standing next to the partly demolished Golden Lion Pub.
The Pilgrims Rest Inn seen from Ironmonger Row, with Palmer Lane at the left. The original Pilgrims Rest was s house built in the 1300s and belonging to the Benedictine monastery. After it was demolished this was built on the same site. A plaque over the door mentions the building’s history. This building was demolished in 1936.
Above: The plaque over the door.
Below: Looking along Palmer Lane with the plaque in the top right of the picture.
Above: The blue circle marks the inn’s location on this hand drawn map.
Below: (Updated picture) On this aerial shot in the present day, I have marked in red some of the old street locations with the blue circle marking where the Pilgrims Rest was behind the Burges House Study Inn.
Above: The front of Study Inn.
Below: The side of Study Inn on Cross Cheaping. From the kerb looking diagonally to the right side of Contract Options/left side of Blue Arrow is the approximate location, uncovered by buildings, of some of the original Ironmonger Row. (Not the present day “ironmonger row” of which the road part is on the site of where Little Butcher Row was).