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181 of 188  Sat 25th Feb 2017 6:42pm  
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On 19th Aug 2014 3:32pm, tiktok said:
On 18th Aug 2014 9:23pm, dutchman said: William Henry's address would have been on the corner at 62 Spon End and 4 Hearsall Cottages. The cottages were replaced by a parade of shops in the 1950s. The three-storey Court House in Spon Street was replaced only recently with a modern two-storey outhouse which bears no resemblance to the original.
I assume the courthouse wasn't a court. It looks too big for a single family so I guess they rented a room or 2.
The courts became a feature of Coventry in the 19th century. As the population expanded the city was unable to expand outwards and so a lot of infilling took place. Basically the courtyards and gardens behind the original rows of houses were filled in with multiiple occupancy "courts" and small factories/workshops. You can find some useful information on the Spon End thread. Try typing courts into the search box top left.
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182 of 188  Sat 30th Jun 2018 12:11pm  
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Hi all, can anybody help? My great uncle William Williamson was a gold watch dial maker and engraver, he lived/worked at 10 Russell Terrace. There is a blue plaque on 49 Allesley Old Road and at the side, Lord Street, there is a factory which looks like it was at one time a row of top shops? Were they the back of Russell Terrace? Mod's note: This post has been moved into this thread which contains many references to Russell Terrace Thumbs up
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183 of 188  Thu 5th Jul 2018 8:50pm  
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w21c, sorry being some time in responding. I hope the following is of some help. Russell Terrace comprises the ten houses on the south side of Allesley Old Road between Duke Street and Lord Street (No.1 being on the corner of Duke St.) 10 Russell Terrace is the same property as 49 Allesley Old Road. The topshop building extending from the rear of 49 is believed to be the original. Wm Williamson lived and worked here from approximately 1872 to 1883, he then appears to have lived and worked at No. 8 Russell Terrace. He or his namesake lived at 50 Craven Street from approximately 1900 to 1909. His various trades were reported as: Watch Case–Springer, Polisher, Engraver, and Finisher. Gold Dial Manufacturer.
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william21chelsea
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184 of 188  Fri 6th Jul 2018 8:19am  
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Hi, that is very helpful. So I take it Russell Terrace is long gone? The Williamsons had a little network going on I think. William's father Henry, my great great grandfather, was a watch case engine turner and had a workshop in Coventry and London. He had 50 Craven St in 1860s/80s. William's brother Henry's workshop is across town, 1 Nicholls Street. The other brother, George, finished his apprenticeship in 1861 at 17?? and went to train as a vet in London. I have his diary of 1863 and he spends the summer of that year in Coventry. He writes a page a day so lots of information. I am now starting to build a picture and plotting it on a map. It may also be of interest, William's son, also William, started Rex Motors and went on to produce the Williamson flat twin motorcycle.
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Midland Red
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185 of 188  Fri 6th Jul 2018 12:12pm  
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No, still there!
On 28th Dec 2011 9:55pm, Adrian said: According to the blue plaques on Coventry Watch Project, No 1 Russell Terrace is no 31 Allesley Old Rd, and no 10 Russell Terrace is the last house on the block, no 49 Allesley Old Rd. Cheers
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186 of 188  Fri 6th Jul 2018 2:50pm  
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Now I get the picture, thank you. So the building that runs down Lord St that looks like top shops was part of 10 Russell Terrace then? Sorry, I am looking at this on Google street view as I am in Hertfordshire - what a wonderful thing street view is.
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187 of 188  Fri 6th Jul 2018 3:12pm  
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1 Russell Terrace 10 Russell Terrace
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