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NeilsYard
Coventry
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46 of 101  Mon 21st Aug 2017 9:20pm  
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That photo was taken from here - Council House History website Interesting site so thanks to the owner if he/she is here!
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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47 of 101  Tue 22nd Aug 2017 4:38am  
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Thanks Neil, we are all living and learning from the captions under your pics, me more so since clocking in each day on the Forum. I took most of these old buildings for granted when living in Coventry (don't we all) and now enjoy looking at your posts Thumbs up to see what you have each day for us. Thanks again.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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48 of 101  Tue 22nd Aug 2017 4:45am  
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My pleasure Dreamtime - they are not my pics but on the World Wide Web for all Coventrians to see and enjoy. I just work in an area where I have to 'surf' a lot and come across the more unusual or unseen sometimes. Even I regret not taking more notice of some of my surroundings in the 70's and 80's. There's so little left now that's not been developed or untouched. Wave
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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49 of 101  Fri 11th May 2018 5:12am  
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PeterB
Mount Nod
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50 of 101  Tue 17th Jul 2018 1:05am  
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Walking down St Mary Street I noticed the initials "ST" (or "TS) set into the side of the Council House. Does anybody know what the initials stand for and why they are there? Peter.

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Midland Red
Cherwell
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51 of 101  Tue 17th Jul 2018 7:46am  
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Peter - from the 'Where is this in Coventry?' thread . . .
On 3rd Mar 2013 12:06pm, mick said:
On 28th Feb 2013 5:20pm, Midland Red said: Saw this today - what do ST (or TS) stand for, and where is it?
I think I might have cracked it! Coventry's second paid Police Superintendent was a Thomas Skermer from Liverpool circa 1860. This would have been about the time the new Police Station was built and I suspect he thought he would incorporate himself for posterity.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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52 of 101  Tue 17th Jul 2018 1:04pm  
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"The building is faced with Runcorn stone and roofed in Cotswold stone. The rich display of heraldic carvings mostly centred around the main entrance includes the arms of many historical characters associated with Coventry's history, from the time of Edward the Confessor until the 16th Century. The full list is: Edward the Confessor; Henry II; Queen Isabella; Edward III; Edward, the Black Prince; Richard ll; Henry VI; Queen Margaret; Queen Elizabeth l; Mary, Queen of Scots; James l; the Earls of Chester, Cornwall and Northampton; the Dukes of Norfolk and Hereford; Neville, Earl of Warwick; Sir William Dugdale Thomas Sharp; John Hales; Sir Thomas White; the Botoners and Swillingtons, Thomas Wheatley, Thomas Bond; William Ford; Dr Philemon Holland; the Davenports: the Hopkins and Jesson families; Sir Skears Rew the Harringtons of Coombe Abbey; the Berkeleys of Caludon Castle; the City of London; and the See (bishopric) of Lichfield and Coventry. This is the list published in the programme to the official opening, but when the devices were repainted in the 1950s, it was found that Ford and Rew were not among them but another - Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick - was." Listed is the name of Thomas Sharp, born in Coventry in 1770 an antiquarian, all about him Thomas Sharp. Could well be another contender
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CovPoliceHistory
Coventry
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53 of 101  Tue 17th Jul 2018 6:45pm  
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On 3rd Mar 2013 12:06pm, mick said: I think I might have cracked it! Coventry's second paid Police Superintendent was a Thomas Skermer from Liverpool circa 1860. This would have been about the time the new Police Station was built and I suspect he thought he would incorporate himself for posterity.
Absolutely impossible would it be for Thomas Skermer! Appointed Chief Constable & Superintendent of the Police in June 1857. He also held the posts of Inspector of weights and measures and was the 1st Captain of the Fire Service (1861). During November 1861 he absconded with the wages for the Police, £56 9s 1d, further checks of the books found the sums of £19 6s 2d and £16 12s 4d were missing, it was also known that other monies had passed through his hands and not entered into the books! I can't see the 1863 new Police Station giving him any form of acknowledgement.
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Prof
Gloucester
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54 of 101  Wed 18th Jul 2018 10:30am  
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Looks as if TS initials are for Thomas Sharp then, Annewiggy, as you gave for an alternative!
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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55 of 101  Wed 18th Jul 2018 4:14pm  
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The proposed building was in "Tudor Style" faced in stone and decorated with bay windows, turrets, and a clock tower.
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Helen F
Warrington
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56 of 101  Wed 18th Jul 2018 6:59pm  
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The police station doesn't look like it was there in its stone format on the 1850 map although there was a police station about half way along St Mary's Street or Half Moon Lane as it was called then. It looks like it was brick (although it could be a skin on an older building). On the Fire Insurance maps it says that it was 'Under construction July 1897'. Probably later than we expected? There's a rather nice sketch of it in the library (search - police Mary). There have been changes since then, including a new storey but that might have been post bombing. Edited by member, 18th Jul 2018 7:01 pm
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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57 of 101  Thu 19th Jul 2018 10:56am  
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But tell me, what did the hundreds of working men think of the building in 1920? What did the returning soldiers think of the expense of the building when they could hardly get a penny for their injured state that stopped them working? In the 1950's we did not have this great forum, or anything like it, there was little information out there, so I asked my grandad. I believe for a time it was called the Tudor House, and people liked that, it was in harmony with its surroundings but they feared in the long run they would have to pay for it. I also think there were some demonstrations by ex-soldiers but I could be wrong about what he told me (memory).
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Helen F
Warrington
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58 of 101  Thu 19th Jul 2018 11:27am  
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They think what we all think, that the latest council spendathon is an overambitious waste of money when we can least afford it. Then 50 years later they or their kids are outraged that the council wants to update it or worse, knock it down and start again.
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Prof
Gloucester
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59 of 101  Thu 19th Jul 2018 1:48pm  
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I am of the persuasion that the Council House is an adornment to Coventry, so let us hope, if the University take it over, they will respect and value it as a statement of its time, just on the turn of the new century. With the other council buildings in St Mary's Hall it is something worth keeping. Edited by member, 19th Jul 2018 1:57 pm
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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60 of 101  Thu 19th Jul 2018 3:30pm  
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I'm reminded of the old "joke" - which would probably now be outlawed - of the immigrant from the sub-continent newly arrived by coach into Pool Meadow, walking up Priory Street into Bayley Lane and on into Earl Street. He asked a passer-by what the large building was. "Council House" came the reply. "Good grief! I've got my name down for one of those!" Wink
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