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316 of 413  Tue 10th Oct 2017 12:16pm  
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Interesting photo from 1949 Thumbs up
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coventry49
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317 of 413  Tue 10th Oct 2017 5:01pm  
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The year I was born! Weren't we lucky that there was a piece of land adjacent on which to build the new Cathedral. Was it an old churchyard?
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Helen F
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318 of 413  Tue 10th Oct 2017 5:22pm  
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Mostly, although it also extends over the remains of some big houses on Priory Row and their gardens. It was built just at the end of St Mary's ruins.
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Annewiggy
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319 of 413  Fri 17th Nov 2017 2:47pm  
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Once again looking for one thing and come across this interesting article. December 1940, Coventry Telegraph
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Rob Orland
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320 of 413  Fri 17th Nov 2017 4:44pm  
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That's fantastic Anne, a super find! Thumbs up I wonder where that "window-head" is now?
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Kaga simpson
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321 of 413  Mon 29th Jan 2018 11:21am  
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Can anyone tell me if the searchlights that used to search for enemy planes were directed on to the spire of the Cathedral on 8th May 1945 to celebrate that it was still standing, after it had almost been lost in the firestorm of the blitz?
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NeilsYard
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322 of 413  Mon 29th Jan 2018 12:04pm  
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On 17th Nov 2017 4:44pm, Rob Orland said: That's fantastic Anne, a super find! Thumbs up I wonder where that "window-head" is now?
That's what I wondered Rob! Edited by member, 29th Jan 2018 12:04 pm
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Helen F
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323 of 413  Mon 29th Jan 2018 12:22pm  
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Rob, Neil, it's probably the sole surviving clerestory window tracery (the upper level of windows), which is still in situ I believe. When you enter from the west end door, it's up on your left.
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324 of 413  Mon 29th Jan 2018 12:41pm  
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Would that be one of these? Photographed in 2013
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Helen F
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325 of 413  Mon 29th Jan 2018 12:47pm  
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Good photos MR. Thumbs up It's the first of the pictures. It often goes unnoticed, hidden in the trees on one side and almost invisible at the angle you see it from the inside.
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Rob Orland
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326 of 413  Mon 29th Jan 2018 6:12pm  
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Did that window in MR's photo not survive the blitz Helen? This picture below shows it still in-situ the next day - unless, of course, it was "swapped out" at a later date? I've not seen or heard anything to suggest that, though, and the matching remaining yellow glass still resides in the header section and the lower portion below the transom line. I was thinking though - wouldn't that header make a wonderful garden feature! Wink
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Helen F
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327 of 413  Mon 29th Jan 2018 6:55pm  
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Yes, you're right Rob. I couldn't really see the wording in the article properly but on second glance it looks like it was in someone's garden. I suppose it must have been saved from a repair of the Cathedral's windows when they refurbished in the 1800s. It was the comments about it being a potential template for a rebuild that triggered my thought that it was the one that survived in situ. It also looks like it's at tree canopy height but it's just an optical illusion. Potentially it may have had to be demolished and rebuilt if that area was particularly fragile after the bombing but it looks original. Not all of what stands in the cathedral today is original, in stone or design.
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Rob Orland
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328 of 413  Mon 29th Jan 2018 7:45pm  
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Yes, it would be interesting to see a diagram, or otherwise, pointing out the non-original parts of the cathedral ruins, because not all are obvious. I wonder if The Herbert has something? Back to that window head though - I'd love to know where that is now? Not broken up and discarded I hope!
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329 of 413  Tue 20th Feb 2018 9:14am  
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On 28th Mar 2017 5:09pm, Helen F said: One of the many projects I've been doing is trying to work out what the windows looked like. . . . Theoretically the windows were photographed although I don't know if they survived.
Here are coloured images of the stained glass pieces put into storage before the war and recovered from the cathedral after the bombing.
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Helen F
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330 of 413  Tue 20th Feb 2018 9:58am  
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Thanks for that, it's nice to see those all together, plus a few I'd not seen. There are a lot more pieces. They found where the windows were stored during the war and are trying to restore them, including recreating the medieval groups. Like a really delicate jigsaw. Even before the war, the medieval bits were jumbled as the later glass workers weren't very skilled and just patched windows. I hope that the modern team have a fair bit finished by 2021.
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