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Down memory lane - Lower Ford Street

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Image of the Excelsior Works

Post  Excelsior Man on Sat May 28, 2016 10:37 pm

Looks like part of the building was used for the FB site - the main building looks very similar.

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Map of Excelsior works (Bayliss and Thomas) July 1897

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Down memory lane

Post  MoscowFlyer on Sun May 29, 2016 7:36 am

Hi Excelsior Man, very interesting, can we see any similarities between the two artists' impressions. Mike



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Excelsior Works Sign?

Post  Excelsior Man on Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:57 pm

Just purchased what I think may have been the original sandstone sign from the front of the Excelsior / FB building. The date appears to be about right as Excelsior produced motorcycles from 1896 at Lower Ford Street so the building date of 1895 may be correct. It also bears an uncanny resemblance to the artist image with the curved corners... Not certain, but if anyone has any images of the front of the building I would be very interested to see them... Also anyone in Coventry who could suggest any archives that might help?


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Similarities FB and Excelsior Building

Post  Excelsior Man on Tue Jun 07, 2016 8:08 pm

Sorry Moscow Flyer for not replying sooner .... the main building on the right hand side as you enter both yards looks like the same building....

Two storeys with windows
Above the second floor windows there is a very distinctive stringer course / 'panel' section.
Very distinctive vertical pillar detail either side of the main entrance door


The other buildings look like they have been changed a good bit more but I suppose these are just artists impressions... lets hope someone can suggest an archive source of photographs.

Thanks for your reply.

David

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Success! Photograph of the FB / Excelsior Factory

Post  Excelsior Man on Wed Jun 29, 2016 9:57 pm

Many thanks to Harriet at the Herbert museum..  Very Happy [

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Factory Photo

Post  MoscowFlyer on Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:10 pm

Hi David, just got back from holiday to see a photo of the Lower Ford Street factory, if you knew how many years we have been looking. Thank you David and thank you Harriet, I can see comparisons between the photo and the model. Colin along with his son made the model of the Francis Barnett factory, Colin worked there for many years as a test rider, he would have known the place inside out, so I would say the model was correct. On the photo there are two pairs of double gates, and on the model there are two, so everything to the left of the right hand double gates was the Francis Barnett Factory in my opinion. Mike
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Best aerial photo images - 1951

Post  fulmar88 on Fri Jul 29, 2016 10:36 am

I thought I'd post the best two pictures from the aerial photo thread so that they are all in once place. These are the zoomed in images from the last two links in that thread and date from 1951. You can even see the famous Urinal in the middle of the road on the 2nd picture. If you can't see all of the picture you can click on it to open in a new window.







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Factory Photo

Post  MoscowFlyer on Fri Jul 29, 2016 6:06 pm

Hi Steve, well done, it's taken a long time but we've got there in the end. Mike
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