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The last of the Vernon Street triangle top shops, Hillfields, Coventry

The last of the Vernon Street triangle top shops, Hillfields, Coventry


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The last of the Vernon Street triangle top shops, Hillfields, Coventry

The last of the Vernon Street triangle top shops, Hillfields, Coventry, soon to disappear as demolition contractors move in. The properties are the remains of a triangle of 67 three-storeyed houses built in the 19th century, in which the top floors were used as weavers workshops. Shafting ran through the top storeys linking to a comunal steam engine. The row of houses about to be demolished were earmarked for preservation, as an example of the tops shops era but Coventry City Council eventually decided that they could not be usefully modernised at a reasonable cost, and there are good examples of top shops at the firm of J. and J. Cash, Foleshill, which is preserved.
16th January 1973

June Fairbrother
Coventry Telegraph
Mirrorpix
Coventry
West Midlands
England

Media ID 21328985

© Mirrorpix

Buildings Coventry 1973


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This print captures the last remnants of the historic Vernon Street triangle top shops in Hillfields, Coventry. These buildings, constructed in the 19th century, were once bustling hubs of activity for weavers who utilized the top floors as their workshops. The interconnected shafting system facilitated by a communal steam engine is a testament to the ingenuity of this era. Sadly, these unique structures are on the brink of disappearing forever as demolition contractors prepare to move in. Initially earmarked for preservation due to their significance as examples of tops shops architecture, Coventry City Council ultimately deemed them unfit for modernization at a reasonable cost. The image serves as a poignant reminder of an industrial past that shaped this community's identity. While it is disheartening to witness such historical treasures being lost to time, there is solace in knowing that other well-preserved examples can still be found at J. and J. Cash in Foleshill. Taken on January 16th, 1973 by June Fairbrother during the 1970s, this photograph not only documents architectural beauty but also symbolizes an industry that once thrived within these walls – weaving industry. As we gaze upon this image today, let us reflect on our rich heritage and appreciate those who have tirelessly worked towards preserving our collective memory.

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