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Foxcote
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16 of 30  Sat 20th Oct 2012 4:47pm  
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Another winner, Dutchman, thanks. It's a great shot in its own right but very useful to get the location of the Punchbowl. Apart from sundry stabbings and murders, I bet it was magic inside Roll eyes
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Midland Red
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17 of 30  Mon 5th Nov 2012 3:30pm  
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Here they are (were) in 2004
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dutchman
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18 of 30  Mon 5th Nov 2012 3:50pm  
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The odd thing is, the Chinese takeaway is much wider than the Punch Bowl was whereas the chip shop is not as wide as three-storey building which it replaces? Roll eyes
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19 of 30  Mon 5th Nov 2012 7:56pm  
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What do you think then Dutchman about the scale of the buildings, were the old buildings demolished and they just used the empty space to build two different shaped properties? The bricks look the same on both new buildings. Maybe a jetty was used up in the building space.
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20 of 30  Mon 5th Nov 2012 8:40pm  
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Before these permanent buildings were built there were temporary shops located in the space between 103 and 107. The present day takeaway at 104 has definitely pinched a bit of frontage from the chip-shop at 105/106 while the latter is even narrower due to an alleyway left between it and No 107. Edited by the original poster after double-checking the postal addresses.
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21 of 30  Wed 7th Nov 2012 7:20pm  
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Went past the very spot today, and being a passenger, took it all in, Duckfat, the Punch Bowl and all the old stuff. I expect you have already checked as you are aware that your folks were at 105 in 1879; by the 1881 census, 105 was occupied by the 'Pools', boot and shoe maker.
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22 of 30  Wed 7th Nov 2012 7:36pm  
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Yes, they were on the Burgess Rolls for 1878/79 at 105 but in the 1881 Census had moved to Garden Row, Smithford Street, where William died in 1882
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23 of 30  Wed 7th Nov 2012 7:51pm  
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Bit of an upheaval for them then, moving to another address shortly before being poorly. I have never heard of Garden Row, must look it up.
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24 of 30  Wed 7th Nov 2012 8:18pm  
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Must admit I hadn't heard of it before now either Roll eyes Map of Smithford Street 1888
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25 of 30  Wed 7th Nov 2012 9:11pm  
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Ah, I can see it, thanks, next to Garden Place and to to the rear, a large section of open area. Not far from Ram Bridge.
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26 of 30  Thu 8th Nov 2012 12:36pm  
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I have had a response from Rayanne Byatt which says : "Looking at the report of the trial in the Coventry Herald newspaper 6 April 1821 it seems that Mr Lines was not killed. He was stabbed three times however, once in his left hand and was left lame and crippled. There are conflicting accounts of the events so if you can bear with me I will check if I can pinpoint Mr Lines' first name to see if it could indeed be your relative"
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27 of 30  Thu 8th Nov 2012 5:34pm  
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Interesting indeed Midland Red! I can only access the Herald from 1824, so can only wait to see what you can find concerning the trial via the lady. I don't know the legal term they would have used in those days but he wasn't even convicted of assault. 'Conflicting accounts', what a do Roll eyes And, when you think, he didn't leave the premises with anything. Not sticking up for wounding one of yours of course, just interested in the trial.
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28 of 30  Thu 18th May 2017 12:58pm  
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Three newspaper reports regarding the execution of Bradshaw - clearly stating the crime to be burglary, and not murder The third, and more detailed report, makes a somehow fascinating read Oh my Worcester Journal - Thursday 26 April 1821 Execution. —On Wednesday last, Edward Bradshaw, convicted of burglary at the late Coventry Assizes, was executed on Whitley Common, about mile from that city. He attributed his untimely end to neglect of the Sabbath, and since his condemnation he wrote to several his old companions, entreating them to desist from their present line of life, and take warning by his unhappy situation. It is worthy of remark how few criminals are executed who not confess that they began their career of crime with Sabbath-breaking. Birmingham Chronicle - Thursday 26 April 1821 Yesterday se’nnight, Edward Bradshaw aged 18, was executed on Whitley Common, near Coventry, pursuant to his sentence at the late Assizes, for burglary, committed in the house of Mr. Bobbett, the Punch Bowl, in Spon End, Coventry. The unfortunate young man was a native that city. Upwards of 15,000 persons were supposed to be present at his execution. Staffordshire Advertiser - Saturday 28 April 1821 EXECUTION AT COVENTRY. On Wednesday se’nnight, Edward Bradshaw, who was condemned, at the last Assizes for Coventry, to suffer death for the crime of burglary, was executed on Whitley Common, about a mile from that City. Considerable interest was excited, as no similar event had taken place in the City or its neighbourhood for the last 21 years. During his confinement after condemnation, the unhappy man was visited by a number of Ministers and pious persons. He sometimes discovered a penitent spirit, and seemed humbled on account of his transgressions; but these impressions were but occasional and of short duration. Early on the morning of his execution, he was visited by several Ministers. When the summons came for him to repair to the fatal spot, he discovered no kind of hesitation or reluctance. He walked from the prison-yard into the County Hall, where, having been pinioned, he was conducted from thence in a coach to the place of execution, where he arrived about a quarter past eleven o’clock. As he passed through the crowd to the place of execution, his attention appeared to be more interested in the number of the persons assembled together, and in recognizing some of his old companions, than in his own unhappy condition; and it was with difficulty that the Ministers who were with him could fix his attention on a bible which he held in his hand. He ascended the scaffold with a firm step. He was there attended by the Rev. Messrs. Hughes, Thomson, Franklin, and Sibree. After a Psalm had been sung and a prayer offered, Bradshaw requested that he might address the spectators. He confessed himself guilty the of the crime for which he suffered, and acknowledged the justice of his sentence, and several times earnestly entreated those who saw him, and particularly his old companions, many of whom he said were there, to take warning by his unhappy fate; not to violate the Sabbath, nor associate with evil company, which two things, he said, had brought him to his untimely end. The Rev. Mr. Hughes then, at the request of Bradshaw, delivered a most appropriate and impressive address to the multitude; after which, Bradshaw knelt down on the scaffold and prayed in a very audible voice and impressive manner. Having concluded his prayer, he took leave of those who surrounded him, and a few minutes before 12 o’clock was launched into eternity.— The awful ceremony was conducted in the most orderly way, though the crowd assembled was estimated not less than 15,000 persons.— Bradshaw was a native of Coventry, and but eighteen years age.
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Annewiggy
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29 of 30  Mon 28th Jan 2019 5:38pm  
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I’ve had a look at the newspaper archive. As it is a very old topic I apologise if you have already discovered this. Mr W Lynes who lived next door to the pub escaped with his life. He was wounded in the face, a dreadful cut on the arm which he feared would deprive him of the use, his fingers are cut and cuts to his body and legs.
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30 of 30  Mon 28th Jan 2019 7:22pm  
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Thanks Anne. I spent some time in touch with Rayanne Byatt at the Herbert - she's no longer there - who had done some research on the case. We were confused that early reports mentioned that a person had been fatally stabbed, and that Bradshaw was to be tried for murder, but it later transpired that Lynes (Lines) was only injured - yet the charge was burglary and the sentence was death.
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