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Helen F
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61 of 63  Sun 22nd Jan 2017 9:42pm  
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Hi Malvern, I'm fairly sure that this 1820 painting in the Herbert shows 3 and 4 on the left. Number 4 is propped up on W Franklin's factory. They were later replaced or fronted with brick and there are pictures of them in the library. They're the ones next to the white half timbered building. It looks bluey grey in the painting.
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Malvern
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62 of 63  Sun 22nd Jan 2017 10:17pm  
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Thanks Helen, That is absolutey brilliant! My first relative came to live in Coventry in about 1778, the family having previously lived in Hillmorton near Rugby. Thomas, born in 1755, was apprenticed as a tailor, whilst still in Hillmorton, and I have his indenture from the Warwick Record Office. I also have an indenture for a John Claridge in 1810 where Thomas is the master. Thomas died in 1818 and his wife Catherine in 1834 and it appears that throughout this period they were living in Spon Street and his son William also continued to live in Spon Street up until his death in 1866. It was William's son, also a Thomas, who first came to Bailey Lane. He was born in 1806 and so I guess he would probably have arrived here in the early 1830s once he had completed his apprenticeship, so about 10 years after this picture. Hopefully the new frontages had been done by then! He died in 1882 and so would have lived in those houses for about 40 to 50 years! I'll have to look out the other images when I come up. I'm also going to be looking out the images for Spon Street, which has obviously much changed since the 1800s. Unlike the rest of Coventry it's got older! The two addresses I'm particularly interested in in Spon Street are numbers 13 and 50/Shakespeares Yard.
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Helen F
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63 of 63  Sun 22nd Jan 2017 10:38pm  
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Sadly the replacements look quite grungy but that's exaggerated by the black and white photos. They look better in a couple of watercolour images I've got that show them in red brick. It's funny how b/w photos 'colour' our perception of the past.
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