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Baz
Coventry
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1 of 80  Tue 31st Jul 2012 11:12pm  
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I know it is not an old building as buildings go, but the amount of work that went into building it was vast. I am trying to find out about the three figures that stand tall above the main doorway. Can any one tell me who they were? Don't tell me it's the three wise men. Working for our council - ha ha ha. Here are a few more bits of art. All photo's taken on St Mary Street. Thumbs up
Always looking forward to looking at the past.

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Baz
Coventry
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2 of 80  Wed 1st Aug 2012 9:18pm  
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I did see a picture somewhere with regards to a raised walk way from the rear of the Council House to St. Mary's. It must have been 40 feet in the air. And something to do with a wall that MAY have been part of the Castle. I don't have this photo but do recall it being in a newspaper that I gave back to a lady that lent it to me. Wave
Always looking forward to looking at the past.

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dutchman
Spon End
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3 of 80  Wed 1st Aug 2012 10:30pm  
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Coventry was part of the diocese of Lichfield until 1918.
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heritage
Bedworth
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4 of 80  Fri 14th Jun 2013 5:09pm  
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I knew this was in my file but had trouble locating it. Quality is not great as it is from the Coventry Graphic in December 1915. It shows the building of the Council House on the Hay Lane corner. Hopefully you can read the text underneath the image.
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dutchman
Spon End
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5 of 80  Fri 14th Jun 2013 6:27pm  
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The Coventry Graphic were fiercely critical of the new Council House...
'the exterior of the Council House is being overloaded with gaudy ornament'
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morgana
the secret garden
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6 of 80  Thu 4th Dec 2014 10:26am  
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Council house being built 100 years gallery Edited by member, 6th Dec 2014 7:10 pm
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MattB
Tile Hill, Coventry
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7 of 80  Sat 13th Jun 2015 3:36pm  
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Hi, new here. I am trying to find a picture of the figure that stands on top of the clock tower of the council house, can anyone help me out Thanks

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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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8 of 80  Wed 17th Jun 2015 12:07pm  
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Hi Mattb, and welcome to the forum. Though the figure is not very clear, this picture may interest you from the Coventry Herald 1915 when the building was nearly finished and the scaffolding removed. I don't think I have seen a close up of the figure or what it is but no doubt one of our forum members can come up with something. Maybe one of our photographer members could take a zoom lens to get a better picture.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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9 of 80  Wed 17th Jun 2015 12:14pm  
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And never give up, a further search has come up with this dated 1915
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Heathite
Coventry
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10 of 80  Tue 30th Jun 2015 2:22pm  
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I thought it a perfectly clear day to get a good or clearer photograph of the statuette.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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11 of 80  Tue 30th Jun 2015 10:30pm  
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Thanks for that Heathite. He looks in pretty good condition for 100 years old and he went through the bombing as well. I wonder if anyone gets up there to maintain him. I think he looks slightly more laid back than the 100 year old picture,
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pixrobin
Canley
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12 of 80  Mon 14th Sep 2015 11:16pm  
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Top row: Justice, Leofric, Godiva Bottom Row: The Black Prince, Edward the Confessor
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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13 of 80  Sun 15th Nov 2015 12:43pm  
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Wonderful photographs. Now I thought it was much much older, and designed for those days, as a kid it seemed to me the sun could not penetrate the lower half of the building, because of the buildings that hemmed it in, so they put the main statutes either in the doorway or up high, as I recall it seemed a damp shadowed narrow street, With thick stone walls and tiny windows it added dimension and mystery to someone of my tender years. It also led to the cathedral lanes (and topic)
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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14 of 80  Sun 9th Apr 2017 3:48pm  
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It's gone Thumbs up Note the further poor output from Trinity Mirror - it was hardly "torn down" Roll eyes
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Old Lincolnian
Coventry
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15 of 80  Sun 9th Apr 2017 6:51pm  
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And there it is . . gone! (Apologies for picture quality)
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