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Annewiggy
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61 of 66  Tue 24th Nov 2015 11:57am  
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Coventry Blitz collection under the hammer
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coventry49
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62 of 66  Mon 8th Aug 2016 2:24pm  
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Have just been reading in 'Coventry's Heritage' by Levi Fox about the Market Hall clock, installed in 1870 and made by Edward Loseby. The book states that when the Market Hall was destroyed on the night of the Blitz, the clock itself survived and 'can be used again when the city centre is rebuilt'. Does anyone know whether this was the case and where the clock is now please?

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flapdoodle
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63 of 66  Mon 8th Aug 2016 2:32pm  
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Isn't the clock mechanism now inside the Godiva clock? I believe it was demolished as it was not safe.
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Annewiggy
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64 of 66  Mon 8th Aug 2016 3:32pm  
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The clock and bell are mentioned here as being in the clock tower of Broadgate House. As usual there is no date on this so I don't know if the information is up to date Listing of Broadgate House
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coventry49
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65 of 66  Mon 8th Aug 2016 5:42pm  
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Thanks for that Anne. I didn't know that the bell near the Peeping Tom clock was from the old Market Hall - that's interesting.
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Prof
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66 of 66  Wed 31st Aug 2016 10:59am  
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The working mechanism of the Market Hall clock was definitely installed in what was then the Hertford St bridge building as the Godiva & Peeping Tom puppet clock. The bell also was original and these facts were much publicised at the time, in the 1950s. Loseby, the clock-maker, had to pay a fee if the clock was more than a minute inaccurate when installed as the Market Hall clock. The clock tower survived the blitz but was later demolished as nothing more of the Market Hall survived.
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