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Kaga simpson
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481 of 497  Tue 30th Jun 2020 10:03am  
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Helen. Before the blitz, the Cathedral had an oak wooden ceiling with lead coating. There was a Benchmark on the south (Bayley Lane side) of the tower on St Michael's Church, 296.04 feet. This Benchmark is two-feet five inches above the ground. Thus taking the height of the tower and spire above this mark at 300 feet, the weather-cock stands at 596 feet above sea level. It is said that the keyhole of Corley Church is level with this. The Coventry canal footpath is level at 304 feet, London Road Cemetery between 40 to 70 feet above the bed of the river Sherbourne near the Charterhouse.
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Helen F
Warrington
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482 of 497  Tue 30th Jun 2020 10:17am  
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That's a very useful bit of information Kaga. I wondered why the BM number was higher than the road surface. Those marks were dotted round the city. They would have allowed the surveyors to use them to work out the other height marks. Thanks.
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Prof
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483 of 497  Mon 24th Aug 2020 10:17pm  
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It speaks for itself! Edited by member, 25th Aug 2020 5:08 pm
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
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484 of 497  Tue 25th Aug 2020 5:28pm  
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Prof, There is something about that particular picture that draws me to keep looking at it. If only those walls could speak. I have never viewed it in that light before. Thank you.
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Gloucester
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485 of 497  Wed 26th Aug 2020 1:59pm  
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Stained Glass from the Haig Chapel
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Prof
Gloucester
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486 of 497  Wed 26th Aug 2020 2:04pm  
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St Michael's Hall, new Cathedral, pre-reformation glass. Edited by member, 27th Aug 2020 8:07 am
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Prof
Gloucester
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487 of 497  Tue 13th Oct 2020 10:28pm  
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Roger T
Torksey
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488 of 497  Wed 14th Oct 2020 9:45pm  
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Just been looking through previous postings, particularly of the pictures and discussions about railings there or not. Would that I had the memory of Kaga, because I was obviously `there` in 1943 during WW2. I was approx 8 years old and attended the "Mayor Making" of my great uncle Alderman Alec Turner in, if I remember correctly, St Mary`s Hall. Would there have been a procession to the Cathedral?
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Kaga simpson
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489 of 497  Thu 15th Oct 2020 11:50am  
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Hello Roger, The CET can answer that. I would think so, we were already beginning to relax, the war had turned a little better, we were talking more of us invading than them invading. The railings would have gone long ago. Roger, may I ask you, try and remember your school friends then, where you went, anything about your street, you may get around to the subject you want - did you like him, and why, that sort of thing. Good luck. Kaga.
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Roger T
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490 of 497  Thu 15th Oct 2020 3:08pm  
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Thanks Kaga. As you say, things had subsided by then, so I suppose there wouldn`t have been the likelihood of a daylight raid, unfortunately I was evacuated to Measham at the time so was brought in for the day As for school friends, yes I remember a couple from Ashby Grammar School, one was a Scots lad Ian Peach from Cowdenbeath, another`s father owned a sawmill, went by the name of Batty, unfortunately he had short fingers, ends sawn off helping dad, and we were sent to play with the local doctor`s daughter most Saturdays. Oh and as for street, we lived in a cottage, middle of a field, 5 fields from the road. No gas, No electricity, water from pump in the yard and toilet a brick building, wooden seat/planks, two holes for bums and no flushing water. There was usually a good read of newspapers, however Cheers
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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491 of 497  Thu 15th Oct 2020 5:33pm  
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Doesn’t look like there was a procession Roger, but they did ring the bells
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Roger T
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492 of 497  Thu 15th Oct 2020 7:04pm  
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Thank you for posting that, Annewiggy, it`s brilliant. I liked the bit about the bells being rung for the first time since the start of the war. I would also guess I `crept` in as one of the children from each of the council schools in the city as my father would have been one of the teachers accompanying his school`s children. Not sure if that would have been Hen Lane or Holbrooks Junior. What about the "unexpected incident"? I didn`t fully understand from the report what went on.
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Kaga simpson
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493 of 497  Fri 16th Oct 2020 9:19am  
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Annewiggy Well that surprised me, I thought church bells were only to ring if we had an invasion. Did they get special permission, or had it been quashed by then?
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Annewiggy
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494 of 497  Fri 16th Oct 2020 12:08pm  
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Kaga. 20th April 1943 “BELLS WILL RING FOR EASTER Mr. CHURCHILL announced to-day that the War Cabinet, after receiving the advice of the Chiefs of Staff, had reviewed the question of ringing church bells in the light of changed circumstances. The existing order could now be relaxed, and church bells can be rung on Sundays and other special days in the ordinary manner. This new would brought into effect in time for the Easter celebrations.”
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Kaga simpson
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495 of 497  Sat 17th Oct 2020 9:56am  
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Thank you, Annewiggy. So it did get quashed, wasn't sure of the date. Just when we thought we were safe, he started throwing Doodlebugs - that upset things again.
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