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NeilsYard
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121 of 129  Tue 4th Aug 2020 10:05am  
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Helen, you're going to like this one - my friend Dean Nelson on the True Cov FB page found it. This is the first image I have seen of the Cross Keys on Earl St, right opposite the Palace Yard on the corner of St Mary St. It was demolished to build the Council House along with the rest of the row visible - late 1890's. I don't think we have seen much of the row on that north side in that section before? Edited by member, 4th Aug 2020 10:31 am
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Helen F
Warrington
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122 of 129  Tue 4th Aug 2020 10:20am  
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Woo hoo! Exactly what I've been looking for. It ties in with a Troughton looking the same way. Thanks Neil and Dean. Forum library image
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Prof
Gloucester
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123 of 129  Fri 11th Sep 2020 8:50pm  
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Earl St devastation.
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Dreamtime
124 of 129  Mon 14th Sep 2020 6:52am  
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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125 of 129  Mon 14th Sep 2020 3:31pm  
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Helen, The last time a water cart was used for selling water was 1934/5 in Coventry as far as I know. But we do have a photo of one on this forum from an early time when the wells couldn’t cope.
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Helen F
Warrington
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126 of 129  Mon 14th Sep 2020 3:56pm  
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Interesting Kaga, I thought it was wine but yes, it could be water. The sketch isn't dated but I'm guessing that it was early to mid 1800s. Troughton often sketched areas just before they were demolished or given a brick front.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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127 of 129  Tue 15th Sep 2020 9:07am  
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Helen, Yes, I wrote the story of the water carriers on the topic Canals of Coventry post 386, there were 5/6 of them in 1820, due to the influence of a rise in population and shortage. The part Coventry canal becoming derelict in 1928 then Coventry had to find other means in 1934/35 of supplying water when we had huge droughts.
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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128 of 129  Tue 15th Sep 2020 11:18am  
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Some of you seem to worry about street ending or beginning or street numbers - well, that came in over scores of years. When the city was small everyone was familiar with each building in the neighbourhood, they didn't need to know numbers, Coventry had a postmaster back in 1663 but he didn't have a postal round as we know it, the post boy rode behind the special stagecoach on packhorse, and between them they delivered merchandise. The goods postal wagons were heavier, wider, had long deep chests for the goods. Pulled by six to ten horses. Often a wheel lost a spoke, an axle tree broke, or a perch snapped in two. And every shop or who lived where was known, it wasn't till 1840 that stamps appeared and street numbers appeared and the post service began as we know it. PS. The famous Stanley Gibbons (philately) had five wives, four of whom deceased him - some talk - one died of a wasting disease, one a liver ailment, etc. He had been trained as a pharmacist.
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Helen F
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129 of 129  Tue 15th Sep 2020 1:16pm  
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Thanks Kaga. These snippets of info are both interesting and useful. We don't worry about house numbers as such but they're useful to precisely locate properties, businesses and relatives. I'm usually looking to match a sketch or photo with a map location. A business on an old sketch might not have a street number but I might be able to trace it forward in time and changes of owners to a more modern business that does have a street number. Then I can then pinpoint it on the modern map and trace the plot back in time to the oldest maps. Get enough buildings located on the map and I can work out the others.
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