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dutchman
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151 of 161  Sat 10th Dec 2016 4:08am  
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Excellent John, thanks! Thumbs up
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Midland Red

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152 of 161  Sat 10th Dec 2016 8:08am  
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Yes, brilliant - thanks post that Cheers Not a hi-viz or hard hat in sight Roll eyes
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Helen F
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153 of 161  Sat 10th Dec 2016 8:32am  
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Well done Kerbstone for the original and well done for putting it online. It's things like this that will inform the future about the past.
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NeilsYard
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154 of 161  Wed 11th Jan 2017 4:17am  
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Helen F
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155 of 161  Wed 11th Jan 2017 11:32pm  
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Another great photo Neil Thumbs up
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Malvern
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156 of 161  Mon 16th Jan 2017 7:57pm  
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I've been going through the census records and identifying where my family lived between 1800 and 1939. Here's a list together with an image from 1920 and a map of the Moat Street/Butts area: 1800-1900 Shakespeare Yard, Spon Street 1840-1870 Bailey Lane Court (Great-grandfather's birthplace) 1880-1890 White Horse Yard, 4 East Street (Grandfather's birthplace) 1890-1900 Court House, 13 Spon Street 1900-1910 8 Thomas Street 1910-1920 23 Moat Street 1910-1920 1 League Place, Moat Street 1920-1940 5 Hertford Place (Father's birthplace) I was christened at St Thomas, The Butts in 1963. Image courtesy of Britain from Above The playing fields at the bottom are where the Technical College was built with St Thomas on the corner of Albany Road and The Butts. Hertford Place, Thomas Street and Moat Street are all just beyond. As detailed in earlier posts Moat Street is now where the Ring Road cuts through and 5 Hertford Place is now the car park of the radio station.
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NeilsYard
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157 of 161  Thu 16th Feb 2017 9:13pm  
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Rare sight of The Plaza.
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NeilsYard
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158 of 161  Mon 6th Mar 2017 11:04am  
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A bit small but a good unseen image -
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PhilipInCoventry
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159 of 161  Mon 6th Mar 2017 8:58pm  
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Hi Neil Wave Brill, brill & brill.
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NeilsYard
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160 of 161  Tue 4th Apr 2017 11:57pm  
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Thanks to Carol Vale - here's a great rare small image of the original properties that were next to the Old Dyers Arms. Carol was born in the end house to the right which was No.8
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161 of 161  Mon 17th Apr 2017 1:04pm  
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On 17th Jun 2012 10:41am, Baz said: The Arches in Spon End have another story to be told about them. In 1857, 23 of the 28 Arches fell down and the line was not in use for some time after. As you drive under them, you will see the difference in brick work. The replaced bridge was of bricks, the original was of sand stone. It happened only 7 years after the line had opened. Thumbs up
Coventry Herald - Friday 30 January 1857 FALLING IN OF THE RAILWAY VIADUCT, SPON-END. At an early hour on Monday morning last, the inhabitants of Coventry were startled by a report that the whole, or the greater part, of the Railway viaduct, at Spon-end, had given way. The rumour, as may well be imagined, caused considerable excitement: but not a few doubted its truth, and extent of the calamity was at first supposed to be much exaggerated. On proceeding to the scene of the disaster, however, we found that out of twenty-eight arches only five remained standing, and those which had fallen in presented the appearance of the most complete destruction possible. We understand that the first notice of danger was afforded some few minutes past twelve o'clock on Sunday night, when a few stones fell from one or two of the arches. At about one o'clock in the morning the greater part of the viaduct fell in with a loud crash, persons living in the neighbourhood being very much shaken by the shock while sleeping in their beds. Some timid individuals imagined that an earthquake was taking place, and they were kept for some little time in a state of painful suspense and alarm. Other parts of the viaduct fell in between two and half past six o'clock, and it was feared that the arches which remained standing would give way in the course of the morning, the Police having strict instructions to prevent all persons from approaching too closely those parts where danger was to be apprehended. Up to the present moment, however, the further progress of the ruin has been stayed. From all that can be seen of the materials of which the viaduct was built, they do not seem calculated for a work of so much importance as that in the construction of which they were used. Had a train have been passing at the time of the catastrophe, or had the accident taken place in the day, it is impossible to calculate the sad results which might have followed. It is hoped that no lives have been lost, and, although a rumour is in circulation that an Italian boy was sleeping under one of the arches on the night the accident, this report has not yet been confirmed. It is stated that the accident was caused in consequence of the foundations of the arches having given way, but at present it is impossible to obtain any precise information on the subject. We understand that arrangements have been made in order that the public may not suffer any serious inconvenience from this alarming accident. An omnibus will run regularly between the Coventry and Coundon-road Stations, and thus no interruption of the traffic will take place. The Coundon-road Station is to be enlarged, so that it may temporarily serve the purpose of a terminus; and we may suggest that it would a great advantage to the inhabitants of Coventry if the piece of land belonging to the Company, adjoining that Station, were for the present made to serve as a coal-yard. We regret say that Mr. Jordan, miller, has suffered considerably from the above accident, the river Sherbourne being turned from its bed by the mass of matter falling therein, swamped the fields in the neighbourhood, and, invading Mr. Jordan's mill, the water damaged above 90 sacks of flour. Several carts, belonging to the same gentleman, which were beneath one or two of the arches at the time they gave way, are of course destroyed. The viaduct was about a quarter of a mile in length, and consisted of 28 arches, each 40 feet span, and 15 feet rise. The piers in the valves, which averaged about 15 feet, were built of stone obtained from a quarry near the residence of Mr. C. Bray. The first stone of the structure was laid August, 1848, and the last stone was placed in its bed on Friday, June 29, 1849; so that little more than ten mouths elapsed in completing it. It was erected under the superintendence of Mr. Warriner, the engineer to the Company; Messrs. Shaw and Hayton being contractors, and Messrs. Newell, Robson and Ainsworth, sub-contractors. The whole work was commenced and finished without any accident. The following account of the above accident appeared the London Times of Tuesday morning, and has since been copied into the morning papers. As a choice specimen of the accuracy of local reports furnished to London journals, we give it verbatim:- “Fall of a Railway Bridge.— The traffic of the line of Railway between Coventry and Nuneaton (a branch of the London and North-Western) was yesterday morning about 9 o'clock for a time completely stopped by the falling in of a viaduct at Coudon, a short distance from Coventry. The line from the latter City communicates direct from Leamington with Tamworth, Derby, and the North. The bridge, which is several arches, is of stone, and carries over the rails a very important old turnpike road of the district; but fortunately at the time the accident occurred, owing to the absence of traffic, not the slightest injury befell either the road or the Railway travellers. A train had passed under the bridge only a short time before, but, beside the damage sustained by the Railway Company and the detention of trains, no injury was sustained by any individuals. Passengers to the North from Coventry were conveyed beyond the dilapidated bridge by omnibuses, and considerable personal inconveniences were the only unpleasant results complained of. The engineers of the London and North-Western Company were speedily on the spot, and the line was as speedily as possible cleared of the debris. The cause of the accident has not been clearl [The italics are in the original newspaper report, indicating the inaccuracies in the "London journals" recognised by the Coventry Herald] Oh my
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