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Jaytob
Derbyshire
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16 of 25  Fri 3rd Feb 2012 3:07pm  
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Great photo Tony. It's good to see that a very neglected building is going to be used again. It looks like it's being sympathetically restored too.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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17 of 25  Sat 4th Feb 2012 10:43am  
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Well done, Tony - I agree that it is pleasing that the old building is being restored and put to some use after years of neglect
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flapdoodle
Coventry
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18 of 25  Tue 7th Feb 2012 10:34pm  
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On 3rd Jan 2012 12:52pm, erwegoagen said: What is your opinion of the proposals for the County Hall to be used as a restaurant and bar?
I support it! Coventry needs some decent restaurants. I generally go to Leamington or Kenilworth to eat out. I just hope it doesn't end up being another 'towny' bar with Sky Sports and wall-to-wall Happy Hour. I do wonder whether there's demand for restaurants: Belgrade Plaza can't fill its units.
On 4th Jan 2012 10:33am, K said: H'mm, seems to me that whether a bar or restaurant complex is planned, it's hardly an ideal position for it! Something much more in keeping with the building's status and origin would be a specialist exhibition venue.
Don't we have enough museums and things related to the past? Herbert Art Gallery, Priory Place Museum, Watch Museum, Transport Museum to name four. What about the present day or future?
On 5th Jan 2012 12:26pm, erwegoagen said: OK. Now that proposal is agreed. How about livening up the rest of the area!!??
Well said. The Precinct has become a shopping ghetto. I suspect a lot of people park in West Orchards and never even leave it. It's no wonder the surrounding streets are dead. I remember 20 years ago Corporation Street used to be busy with cars and people. It's absolutely dead now.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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19 of 25  Thu 28th Feb 2013 5:09pm  
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TonyS started this thread as a discussion about the interior plans for County Hall As the development has now been completed, I've taken the liberty of changing the title of the thread to encompass the building as a whole Externally, it hasn't changed very much, although it has been considerably spruced up, which can only be a positive from the development. However, this may only mask the consequences of allowing this historic building to become what it has - I guess the early hours of the morning is a good time to judge that Oh my
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Helen F
Warrington
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20 of 25  Fri 20th Jan 2017 1:28pm  
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A misty impression of Cuckoo Lane by artist John Henry Morgan in 1929ish. Holy Trinity is on the right, the Gulson Library in the middle and the Country Hall is in the distance.
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SJT
Brisbane, Australia
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21 of 25  Tue 22nd Jan 2019 10:58pm  
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Hello Coventrians! Hoping someone might be able to help me with photos of the County Hall interior. I found a few online in its manifestation as The Establishment hotel (I believe it is now the Slug & Lettuce). I have a lengthy court room scene set there in my ‘based on the life of’ novel about my ancestor Thomas Burbury, convicted ring leader of the 1831 Weaver’s Riot in Coventry. It would be so useful (and I would be so grateful!) if someone could go in for a pint / burger and take photos of the judge’s oak chair (has apparently been preserved but I can only see the canopy above it in the online photos), the stairway up from the cells (I’m assuming my ancestor would have come up there to stand in the dock for the trial), where the jury would have sat and the witness box. Also interested in roughly how many people may have crowded into the courtroom that day - the newspaper reports of the day say it was packed out - your estimates welcome! Also, could they have overflowed into a corridor beyond the court room as well as the galleries above or is there no ‘corridor’/hallway of that nature. The trial was nationwide news of the day so there’s plenty of records available online (including Coventry Herald detailed reporting and the Judge’s Notes) but visualising it all will make it easier to tell this riveting tale! Thanks in advance for anyone who can help! Edited by member, 22nd Jan 2019 11:03 pm
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PeterB
Mount Nod
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22 of 25  Thu 24th Jan 2019 8:49pm  
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Hi SJT, I popped into the Slug and Lettuce and took a quick photo (not paying their prices!). The judge's alcove is empty and I didn't notice the chair elsewhere. The public entrance is at the rear left (in direction of photo). There are steps up to a balcony (public gallery?) at the rear of the court, no hallway, just a glass lobby now. A walkway extends along the right hand side of the court, but this looks too narrow for any seating. The underside looks wider, but the curved roof suggests this was probably the original width. I would estimate about 50 people in the gallery as I'm sure they would cram in as many as possible. No health and safety in those days. The cells are through the opening on the right after the bar. The "Governor's House" is located behind the judge's chair and is presumably where he would have stayed. I presume the doorway on the walkway was used by dignitaries to get to the public gallery without going outside. There are more photos on TripAdvisor which may be useful. The steps down to the cells were in front of the bar and can been seen in some photos. Hope this helps. Regards, Peter.
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SJT
Brisbane, Australia
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23 of 25  Tue 12th Feb 2019 2:26am  
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Peter, thank you so much! This is excellent information. Only around 50 people and no corridor for overflow—glad I checked! I had imagined a lot more. And the photo is so helpful—wrapped that you actually went in to get the photo! I really hope to visit Coventry, maybe next year if things go well. I will personally shout you a pint and a burger at the Slug and Lettuce! PS: apologies for the delay in responding. I posted the request and then we’ve been sailing on and off for over a month. Thanks so much! All the best Sarah (currently in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia)
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coventry49
Devon
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24 of 25  Tue 12th Feb 2019 3:42pm  
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Many thanks, Peter, for the great photo of the old courtroom. It brought back many memories for me of giving evidence here as a Policewoman when it was the Quarter Session Court in the early 1970s. This was in the days before Crown Courts. The Judge sat in his big chair in the centre and the prisoners were brought up from the cells below, directly into the Dock. The public sat at the rear where you must have been standing to take the photograph. It's sad to see the old place as a pub, but at least the building has been saved and a lot of the interior too.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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25 of 25  Wed 13th Feb 2019 10:35am  
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Jemmy Grant kept a small shop in a passageway off Pepper Lane, but he was had up before the bench for exposing nude dolls in his shop window. An old woman named "Sandy Nannie" applied to the parish for relief, when a Mr Downes nicknamed 'Seven-sides' upset her, so she said "What have you to do with it, Seven-sides?" A man on the board promised her a reward if she explained to them what 'seven sides' meant. She said "He has a right side, a left side, a back side and a front side, he has an inside and a outside, and a blind side". Mary Anne Wiggins was tried for murder at Warwick Assizes, found guilty. After the trial she was sent to Coventry for execution on Whitley Common. From Coventry gaol she was taken in a cart painted red with blue wheels, sitting on her coffin all the way.
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