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NeilsYard
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376 of 382  Tue 29th Jan 2019 12:11pm  
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Hi all Wave Apols back after two weeks of Man-Flu! Could not find the reference to it but Helen - was this the Fairfax School on Spon Street? We mentioned it a while ago with that image of it from the junction with Lower Holyhead Road?
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Helen F
Warrington
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377 of 382  Tue 29th Jan 2019 1:54pm  
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Forum library image There were three buildings on the corner of Spon Street and Holyhead Road 2.3 of which can be seen in the photo above. There is a better version of the third building somewhere with a kid stood in front of what was a fairly grim looking building and a sign over the door/passageway saying 'St John's Commercial School.' In 1850 that was the Rising Sun and a building at the back, parallel with Holyhead Road was the Fairfax School. The Rising Sun moved to the left, at which point the school may have taken over the building on the Street and renamed itself. The Rising Sun (in its new position) and the building to the left of that were then demolished to build the current Rising Sun. The school also changed and the building now called the Fairfax House appeared - how many, if any original buildings are part of that block, I don't know but the sign says that the house was rebuilt in 1901. Charity set up in 1731. Confused? I was. The number of times things moved is very bewildering when you try to correlate maps with images.
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Heathite
Coventry
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378 of 382  Tue 29th Jan 2019 3:48pm  
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Spon End & Spon Street 1935
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Helen F
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379 of 382  Wed 30th Jan 2019 11:21am  
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It looks like the school had gone by that point. It would have been about 182 Spon Street. Thanks Heathite.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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380 of 382  Wed 30th Jan 2019 3:06pm  
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Fairfax School, also known as the Green Gift School merged with Bablake in 1888
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Heathite
Coventry
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381 of 382  Wed 30th Jan 2019 4:13pm  
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Thanks for the info. Here's an image from an 1874 directory. Seems to tally Thumbs up
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marenqo
Newcastle
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382 of 382  Thu 2nd May 2019 12:10am  
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I have a question about 123a Spon Street, the Black Swan Terrace (now "Moira's West Fish" shop), does anyone know who Moira was? Thus far, I could trace its long history through the great realalerambles website (http://realalerambles.co.uk/history/B/black_swan_spon.html#hide1). That link, however, ends in 1909 with the famous airplane story, after that the building seems to have been taken over by "Hands, A., E." who was a “fruiterer” (according to the 1935 registry, kindly cited above). It then belongs to Walter and Emily Westbury, green-grocers and fruiterers (https://theweavershouse.org/history-of-black-swan-terrace/), but I can't find information on the later occupants. I am especially interested in the person Moira. The map above comes from Bob Meeson & Nat Alcock (2016) Black Swan Terrace, Upper Spon Street, Coventry: A Comparison of Medieval Renters, Vernacular Architecture, 47:1, 1-19, DOI: 10.1080/03055477.2016.1234299

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