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Malvern
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1 of 3  Thu 2nd Jul 2020 9:10pm  
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I've found this reference to the Shakespeare Inn Benefit Society and wondered if anyone has done any research into Friendly Societies in Coventry in the mid 19th century. It appears they were quite common but I can only find this reference to the Shakespeare Inn Benefit Society from 1858, although it states it was founded in 1819. I've looked up the National Archives online collection but can't find any reference and wondered if anyone on here could shed any more light? What I do know or have found out is the following: Thomas Carvell of (3) Bailey Lane was my 3rd great grandfather and Joseph Carvell of York Street was his brother. Both were tailors. Thomas's father, William (1781-1866) and grandfather, Thomas (1753-1818) were also tailors operating in Spon Street. I have identified that William lived at 19 Spon Street (between around 1808 and 1852) next door to the Shakespeare at 18 Spon Street. Charles Waithman, the Treasurer, lived at 20 Spon Street and was the foreman at Howes Silk Dyers, which stood behind 20 and 21 Spon Street (his obituary [d 12 March 1872, aged 61] stated that he worked for the firm for over 50 years). Charles Rollins of (14) Stephen Street was also a silk dyer. I think I have identified Joseph Crump a labourer living at (6) Spencer Street - his father was John Crump of Swanswell (also a tailor) and Solomon Eagleton was the Market Toll Collector, living off Smithford Street. I have not been able to identify the W Sargeant (Gosford Street) or T Pearson (Earlsdon).
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Helen F
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2 of 3  Thu 2nd Jul 2020 10:13pm  
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This is all I've got, sorry.
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Malvern
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3 of 3  Fri 3rd Jul 2020 4:50pm  
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Helen, Thanks, this has really helped - I've seen that photo before, but only just noticed that the banner says Shakespeare Benevolent Society Poor Childrens Party. It appears that the Benevolent Society was formed in the early 1900s and funded an outing for 600 poor children to the country for a day out, however there is also mention in reports of the Shakespeare Sick and Dividend Club, which could well be a continuation of the Benefits Society. In some reports the whole club is called the Shakespeare Sick and Dividends and Benevolent Society and it also seems to be linked in with the Cycling Club, which also ran out of the Shakespeare. The clubs seem to have continued up until World War II. I have found a reference to a meeting being called of the late members of the club in June 1945. All three Shakespeare clubs were represented at the funeral of Pte William Roberts in October 1914 and some of the names of the attendees and representatives tie in with people with whom I have already established a connection to my grandfather in the early 1900s. The club was also represented at the funeral in 1933 of Herbert Burton who had been landlord of the Shakespeare in the early 30s.
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