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Midland Red
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1 of 21  Wed 2nd Nov 2016 6:31pm  
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A couple of photos from a short walk in the city today with my good friend from Hall Brooks - I love this street, it always conjures up a historic feeling Smile The green plaque makes an interesting read
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Midland Red
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2 of 21  Wed 2nd Nov 2016 7:00pm  
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Just realised that the first photo from today looks very similar to this postcard which was sent in 1907 Oh my
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Rob Orland
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3 of 21  Wed 2nd Nov 2016 8:45pm  
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On 2nd Nov 2016 6:31pm, Midland Red said: The green plaque makes an interesting read
Oh my, I'd never got round to reading that plaque carefully before, to notice a very important piece of incorrect information.... the "wood" might indeed have been dated to 1414-15, but if the cottages had actually been built at that time, they would be floating 10 feet in the air, as the adjacent cathedral stood on ground much, much lower, as testified by a 50 yard walk along Priory Row. I'd almost forgotten, but I mentioned this some years ago on this Historic Coventry page: http://www.historiccoventry.co.uk/tour/content.php?pg=lychgate .... if only whoever wrote the plaque had taken a logical look at the lie of the land! Wink I really love that postcard view above, by the way, it's so atmospheric - thank you for sharing it.
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Midland Red
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4 of 21  Wed 2nd Nov 2016 9:03pm  
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Well sussed, Clouseau Lol I had no idea how close I'd come to replicating the postcard view till I downloaded today's images onto Zenfolio - then I saw it Oh my I doubt I'd have got that close if I'd been trying to Thumbs up
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Slim
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5 of 21  Thu 3rd Nov 2016 8:22am  
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A lych-gate, I remember from schooldays, was where dead bodies were kept overnight originally, before being buried. Something to do with allowing the soul to ascend to heaven, or for evil spirits to evaporate... or something like that to do with the "spirit world"...? Our old German teacher told us that. English has a lot of common roots with German: the German for corpse is Leiche.
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Helen F
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6 of 21  Thu 3rd Nov 2016 12:38pm  
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I believe that the cottage furthest east was even built partly on the south tower of St Mary's. One of the things I've been noting is that quite a lot of the roads were lower than they are now. Where buildings seem to line up with pavements, firstly those pavements are a later addition but originally there were often steps up to doorways. The most west doorway of the Lych Gate cottages had several steps as the street in those days sloped down what are now pedestrian steps towards Butcher Row. St Mary's was built on a site sloping in two directions. The forecourt in front of the main doorway and the towers, must have been dug into the slopes to get a flat area and retained by three walls for most of its length. That wall would have made the basis of a good cellar for the later buildings.The gate way (probably covered) into the forecourt was almost at the lowest point of the exterior (Butcher Row), on the site of the northernmost building of the Spotted Dog pub (flat fronted and made of brick? in even the oldest images I've got). It wasn't in line with the entrance to St Mary's, possibly because the slope of Butcher Row at that point was steeper. After St Mary's was demolished at Henry VIII's demand, it would have been obvious to use the foundations and remaining walls of St Mary's forecourt to complete Butcher Row and start Priory Row. It seems odd that the south tower wasn't used as a house like the north tower but on what is now the wooden stairway there was what looks like a stone crypt with a fairly grand doorway. What was left of St Mary's land in that area became an overflow graveyard for Holy Trinity. The process going from cathedral to scrap yard to burial ground must have been strange given the amount of building materials still there when they excavated for Time Team and beyond. Edited by member, 3rd Nov 2016 1:03 pm
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Midland Red
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7 of 21  Fri 26th May 2017 12:46pm  
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"Priory Row, looking east", by Florence Weston
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Kaga simpson
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8 of 21  Fri 26th May 2017 2:25pm  
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You people truly amaze me, the information you come up with, you have a time machine or something? But great reading, all I can say is thank you.
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Rob Orland
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9 of 21  Fri 26th May 2017 5:44pm  
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On 26th May 2017 12:46pm, Midland Red said: "Priory Row, looking east", by Florence Weston
Very atmospheric, isn't it! If only the people who lived in the little house/shop on the left could've known, that in nearly 100 years' time a bunch of history mad Coventrians would be sitting in that same space, eating sausages on the occasional Saturday morning, and chatting about things like "I wonder who used to live here 100 years ago"! Wink
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Helen F
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10 of 21  Mon 29th May 2017 5:10pm  
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They'd think we were mad but blessed with breakfasts fit for kings.
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Osmiroid
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11 of 21  Sun 16th Sep 2018 11:37pm  
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Is anyone else sick of this eyesore blocking the Priory Row sign? Looks like an item that would belong to the council.
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Slim
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12 of 21  Mon 17th Sep 2018 8:59am  
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Let me explain the purpose of these innumerable eyesores, which come in a variety of pretty colours, e.g. red, orange, green, light blue, dark blue, yellow etc. They are used to force pedestrians to walk off the pavement into the roadway, after a hole has been dug, and the contractors then disappear for several weeks, sometimes months. During this time, it is important that nothing falls into the hole, as it might interfere with the pipes, cables, ducts and suchlike. One of the prime uses of theses devices is to protect a pile of sand.
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Kaga simpson
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13 of 21  Mon 17th Sep 2018 9:37am  
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Rob Sorry but they would never have been ten foot under, it was always on a hill and would have drained away. The reason a coffin was laid at the Lych gate was not waiting for the vicar, but to give the time for the body to adjust from going from one world to another - the less the believer the more time he was given. That was what I was told nearly a century ago.
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Helen F
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14 of 21  Mon 17th Sep 2018 10:53am  
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How I think the priory courtyard might have worked. On the right it cuts into the slope and is protected by a retaining wall (later to be used as a cellar wall for the cottages). On the left it was higher than the slope and was itself retained by a wall. The gateway into the courtyard was where the slope met the level of the courtyard. So from within the courtyard the wall would have looked the same, all the way round. Edited to better reflect the slope of Butchers Row Edited by member, 17th Sep 2018 12:23 pm
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Kaga simpson
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15 of 21  Mon 17th Sep 2018 11:24am  
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Helen F All I'm going on is that Broadgate is 286 feet above sea level - Hales street 261 feet above sea level - that's above twenty feet to me. Rob is wrong.
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