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Bedworth
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31 of 47  Mon 22nd Oct 2018 5:30pm  
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The whole site could reveal some good archaeology given that a fair proportion is given over to car parks and paved areas which have remained unaltered since the police station was built between 1953-57.
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Wearethemods
Aberdeenshire
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32 of 47  Tue 23rd Oct 2018 11:18am  
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I went to see the Legendary Desmond Dekker Concert in the Police Station Ballroom about 1971 Cheers
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Slim
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33 of 47  Tue 23rd Oct 2018 11:37am  
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Yeah, I also saw him live, but for the life of me cannot remember the year, or even the decade. Must be age. But I remember his famous song, the words of which many people thought were "My ears are alight!" Lol
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Bedworth
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34 of 47  Tue 23rd Oct 2018 12:25pm  
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I saw Desmond Dekker at Chesford Grange in 1969. Just a thought, could the city of culture not buy the old police station and turn it into a public facility, one complete with a ballroom, a gym, space for many activities, and of course a car park.
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Derrickarthur
Coventry
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35 of 47  Tue 23rd Oct 2018 9:07pm  
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Went to a few Cheese & Wine concerts at the police ballroom in support of the Coventry School of Music. My cousin Mark Howarth played trombone. Remember leaving much the worse for wear. Must have been too much cheese.
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Kaga simpson
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36 of 47  Mon 12th Nov 2018 3:12pm  
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Around 1830 time Coventry was a city and a county, and the police force had to go to places like Ansty, Wyken and Whitley and such villages as there was no Warwickshire force. At that time there were day constables and night watchmen - there was a setter of the watch, and the watchmen met at the watch house and started their rounds at 10pm. On their beats watch-boxes were placed for them to rest in, constructed like sentry boxes but with doors to their openings. The old lock-up or watch-house in the Women's Market was taken down in 1865 to make way for the new market hall. On the one side it adjoined an old inn (Talbot) and its yard, which stood on the corner of West Orchard and Cross Chesping. The old night watchmen cried the hours and half-hours throughout the night. The Women's Market adjoined the watch-house, it was one storey, covered with a tiled roof, and open on three sides to wind and rain - it stood on 14 brick pillars. Here on market days sat the farmers' wives with butter, eggs and farm produce. The inspector trying the weight of the butter with his scales placed a constable at each end of the market, to prevent them running away if they had short weight. But they would slip through the back way to the Dolphin Inn. The butter sold by the quart (two and a half pounds weight), but in 1839 the council made them sell in pounds and ounces. The sheds or shambles around the market hall were small with a frontage of about 8 to 9 feet, 7 feet tall. and different trades - erected in 1829 to give more stalls to the market, the hall having been erected before that date. Each shed had a door and a wooden window flap on hinges, made to let down to form a stall Post copied from topic Coventry's Markets on 12th Nov 2018 7:30 pm
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CovPoliceHistory
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37 of 47  Mon 12th Nov 2018 6:07pm  
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Coventry Police Force, was formed on 7th March 1836. Manpower, 1 Superintendent, 1 Inspector, 1 Sergeant and 20 Constables. The Constable's duty times were, 12 to work 10pm-6am, 4 to work a split shift 9am-3pm & 6pm-10pm, 4 to work split shift 6am-9am & 3pm-10pm. 1 Constable to remain at the station house. Those shifts were subject to a monthly change over. The wards covered were, Earl Street, Spon Street, Cross Cheaping, Bishop Street, Gosford Street and a North ward. Warwickshire Police were formed in 1857. Coventry had a "Police Force" while Warwickshire was a "Constabulary". There is a difference between the two. Very broadly speaking, Constabularies were responsible for policing rural and semi-rural areas, whereas Police Forces were responsible for policing of urban and built-up areas. (That, however, is a generalisation, riddled with exceptions).
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Kaga simpson
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38 of 47  Tue 13th Nov 2018 4:17pm  
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CovPoliceHistory. With you all the way - the super was Prosser, Bow Street Runner from London; Insp Forrester; Sgt Broomfield. The keeper of the Watchhouse was Matthews. The quaint old projecting porch of the Talbot Inn was used by them. One of the resting places they used was a flight of steps leading to a door of St John's in Hill St. But discipline was most lax and cases coming before Magistrates were often arranged. One of the leading constables could square things with an Alderman, who would let the prisoner off with a caution. In 1818 the brother of the High Constable was arrested for assault, locked in the Watchhouse - he cut his throat and died. Don't yer just luv the old place!
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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39 of 47  Thu 18th Jul 2019 11:43am  
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Been referenced on here before and there is another shot of it but another angle Edited by member, 18th Jul 2019 11:43 am
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NeilsYard
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40 of 47  Tue 3rd Sep 2019 9:23am  
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There is a Council Petition under way started by the likes of Councillor Roger Bailey to stop the Police Museum collection moving to Birmingham if anyone else wants to sign. Telegraph report Petitions link Edited by member, 3rd Sep 2019 9:23 am
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OddSock
Coventry
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41 of 47  Thu 26th Sep 2019 11:26am  
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Hi CovPoliceHistory, This is a very long shot indeed, but I consider it worth a try. Within my family history is a gentleman named David Poole who is described as a 'Police Sargeant', originating from Keresley, Coventry. He married Sarah Pinfold (born in Arley, Warks) in 1869, and they set up home in Jenner Street, before moving to Spencer Street, and then finally Eagle Street. I have always assumed he must have been based within the city centre area given that the married couple lived within that specific area? Do you have any reference to him, or can you make an educated guess as to where he might have worked/been based? Many thanks for any info. OddSock Thumbs up
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Annewiggy
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42 of 47  Thu 26th Sep 2019 11:55am  
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There are several articles in the newspaper archive about PC David Poole. In 1866 he followed a suspect who had stolen a purse on Coventry Station and apprehended him in the Bullfield. In 1892 he was promoted from 1st to 2nd class sergeant by the watch committee. He retired 1894 after 26 1/2 years service and was presented with a clock. So I would imagine he served all that time in the City. He sounds as if he was a well respected man.
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OddSock
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43 of 47  Thu 26th Sep 2019 6:34pm  
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Thank you Anne, that's an amazing find! You really get a sense of the man's character and values - very inspiring.
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Annewiggy
Tamworth
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44 of 47  Thu 26th Sep 2019 6:39pm  
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That is why I like the newspaper archive site, you often find these little snippets that can add character instead if just dates and addresses. Do you know what happened to the clock ?
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OddSock
Coventry
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45 of 47  Thu 26th Sep 2019 6:59pm  
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Hi Anne, This is the first I'm learning about his clock, or the man himself! Sarah Pinfold/Penfold (depending on which documents you refer to!), born in Arley, Warwickshire, was originally married and living in Fillongley, Warwickshire. At some point, she leaves her then husband and turns up in Coventry, marrying David Poole!! Up until now, I've been unable to learn more about David - but it does appear that my Coventry roots originate from their marriage!? Would be fascinating to find out how they first met! I'm not sure what happened to her original husband - did he die or did she just leave him (back then, divorce was the preserve of the wealthy - most people just moved away and remarried!)?
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