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Kaga simpson
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1 of 9  Sat 26th Jan 2019 12:27pm  
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On 24th Jan 2019 8:49pm, PeterB said (County Hall thread): 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.
Peter B, the fourth picture in TriAdvisor - would that be the knaves post, by the lamp standard?
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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2 of 9  Sat 26th Jan 2019 1:00pm  
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Water pump?
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Prof
Gloucester
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3 of 9  Sat 26th Jan 2019 8:31pm  
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The Knaves Post is in the Herbert I believe Kaga!
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Kaga simpson
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4 of 9  Sun 27th Jan 2019 1:11pm  
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Prof, thank you. The knaves post was in figure form in front of a house in Much Park Street then moved to the crypt of St Mary's Hall. A terror to evil-doers, the legs and round the neck were shown the shackles of the malefactor, whilst the clothes of meagre quantity of prison cut. Tradition says that evil-doers were whipped with the cat on their naked skin from the Mayor's parlour in Broadgate to the knaves post and back, tied to the back of a cart and drawn through the principal streets of the town. So many lashes according to their sentence. It was said if the culprit would fee the officials, they would rub the cat in bullocks blood and lay the cat on easy, thus satisfying the public gaze. The stout high walls of the Coventry gaol, surmounted by a line of revolving spikes, were a terror to evil-doers, the walls of considerable strength, and pulled down with part of the gaol to make room for the Free Library.
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Annewiggy
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5 of 9  Sun 27th Jan 2019 4:33pm  
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Picture from a newspaper
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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6 of 9  Wed 30th Jan 2019 10:13am  
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Thank you, Annewiggy, wondered what it really looked like. Tried to look for these things in the CET in the fifties, the back numbers went back three weeks only. It's been a long wait.
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Helen F
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7 of 9  Wed 30th Jan 2019 11:10am  
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Knaves Post Try this link Kaga. If you click on the photo and then zoom, you can see a very detailed photo of it in place on Much Park Street. To move around the picture click, hold and drag.
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Prof
Gloucester
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8 of 9  Fri 1st Feb 2019 8:30pm  
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Slightly clearer photo than Anne's in situ. Sorry Helen did not see yours first. Edited by member, 1st Feb 2019 10:12 pm
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Helen F
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9 of 9  Sat 2nd Feb 2019 2:19pm  
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You post away Prof. I can't afford to irritate the repositories of images by posting too many, so I tend to just put in a link, but the images themselves make a better post.
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