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Annewiggy
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61 of 70  Tue 24th Nov 2015 11:57am  
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Coventry Blitz collection under the hammer
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coventry49
Devon
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62 of 70  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 70  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 70  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 70  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 70  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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Not Local
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67 of 70  Tue 22nd Aug 2017 9:33pm  
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Can anyone assist me please? After the November raid how were the deaths of so many people formally recorded? We are all familiar with the need to register births, deaths, and marriages with the local Registrar, but how did Coventry cope with the sudden need to register and record hundreds of deaths at a time when the Registrar's office may have been damaged or destroyed, and the Registrar's staff either killed, injured, or unable to get to work. Were extra staff brought in from other places? Were registrations made at places outside Coventry, or in temporary premises within the city? The reason I ask is because of a couple of anomalies which have come up in some recent research I have been doing. Hopefully I will soon be able to add to a sad story in another thread. Thanks. Roger
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Roger Turner
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68 of 70  Wed 23rd Aug 2017 7:17pm  
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On 8th Aug 2016 2:24pm, coventry49 said: 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?
Just apropos of nothing, But my Grandfather kept a shard of glass that he said was from the Old Market Hall Clock, He said it had blown out in a gale - it was very thick and I suppose roughly triangular, I think it was probably from the clock that was installed in 1870. Why he kept it - I don`t know, but he was a watchmaker and perhaps it was just because he was "in the trade" He certainly was, because the girl he married worked at Rotherhams. After he died I used to visit her and she had a Grandfather clock at the head of the stairs, it didn`t go, When she was asked why, she just used to say "Oh the Pevits have gone" - no idea what she meant, but she seemed to know a lot about clocks
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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69 of 70  Wed 23rd Aug 2017 8:48pm  
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Ironic to see updates in this thread as I've just seen this one for the first time. Really hits home how appalling this all was and the effects on all those poor Coventrians walking around in complete shock at the devastation all around.
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Kaga simpson
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70 of 70  Fri 25th Aug 2017 11:16am  
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NeilsYard, Yes that morning we stood and stared at the ruins, but during the night we listened to the drone of their engines that went on and on, but no whine of them falling from the sky, no tangling in the wires of the barrage balloons, no nothing, Only daylight stopped the raid - so what everyone dreaded was darkness falling, the ruined city we didn't have to think about, it registered automatically but I think uppermost in our minds' thoughts were, they would be back, as soon as darkness fell . . .
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