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InnisRoad
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1 of 9  Fri 18th Feb 2011 10:21am  
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I remember in the early 1950s there was a cross outside St John's Church, which my father maintained was called Bablake Cross. I can find no trace of it now, nor does there seem to be any reference to it anywhere. Can anyone throw any light on this?
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2 of 9  Mon 28th Feb 2011 9:38am  
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The structure in question might have been the drinking fountain of 1959. If so, what has happened to it now?
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3 of 9  Mon 28th Feb 2011 10:08pm  
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InnisRoad said: I Remember in the early 1950s there was a cross outside St John's Church, which my father maintained was called Bablake Cross. I can find no trace of it now, nor does there seem to be any reference to it anywhere. Can anyone throw any light on this?
There's a recent picture showing what I presume is the cross or drinking fountain in the grounds of Bablake Hospital on Cliff Jones' website: Coventry in Photographs Incidentally I believe that area was of spiritual significance long before any christian church was built on the site. During the dark ages it was a Viking stronghold from which the nearby river "Flete" takes its name. The Celts and Romans also attached spiritual significance to the local water. At one time I believe it was considered good luck to dunk a new bride in a well just behind where the church is now. Not sure how the new brides felt about that? :o)
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4 of 9  Tue 1st Mar 2011 1:33pm  
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I have looked at the website and there is one old sepia photograph, probably Victorian, which shows the cross already in its present location. Unfortunately, the drinking fountain hypothesis is scotched because, apparently, it was demolished in the 1880s. So, I'm not sure what it was that I remember. I have looked at some early 20th Century photographs and I canot find it there. Perhaps I imagined the whole thing.
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5 of 9  Tue 7th Oct 2014 6:39pm  
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If my memory serves me right I believe there was a drinking fountain but not at Bablake Hospital, rather at the bottom of Fleet Street and shown in some pictures of St John's Church. I will try to locate it, it may be on Rob's site already! It is there under title 'St John's Church from Smithford St' Here it is: Drinking fountain 1859
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6 of 9  Wed 8th Oct 2014 8:37am  
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Here's another of the drinking fountain from Rob's pictures or perhaps it is the site only of where the fountain would be: Edited by member, 8th Oct 2014 8:39 am
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7 of 9  Wed 8th Oct 2014 1:34pm  
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Also on Rob's site here: St. John's Church, Fleet Street
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8 of 9  Wed 8th Oct 2014 3:27pm  
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Excellent Dutchman, this is the one I thought I had found!
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9 of 9  Fri 14th Oct 2016 4:22pm  
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Does anyone know what the stone cross represents in Cliffs picture that Dutchman linked to above? I can see there are initials on it - one TW is presumably Thomas Wheatley the main benefactor so presumably a memorial to suchlike? Edited by member, 14th Oct 2016 4:23 pm
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