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Midland Red
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106 of 139  Fri 17th Nov 2017 11:27am  
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On 16th Nov 2017 7:37pm, Midland Red said: You probably already know that Matterson's have their own thread Thumbs up
On 17th Nov 2017 9:43am, Kaga simpson said: Midland Red, yeh, and I kept putting in MHW and kept getting zero. Thumbs up
Just hit the "own thread" on my post! Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
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107 of 139  Thu 14th Dec 2017 3:00am  
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Another of my favourite long lost tower.
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Dreamtime
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108 of 139  Thu 14th Dec 2017 9:22am  
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Oh, Neil, not Dolcis as well! Roll eyes
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Kaga simpson
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109 of 139  Sun 31st Dec 2017 10:24am  
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Neils yard, I believe it was a 'special' Clock in the market tower, and a special tower was built for it, built by some of Coventry's finest brickwork craftsmen, possibly from a local Kiln. Maybe it was built to withstand small earth tremors, (there were many during the 19th century) that helped it to survive? Somewhere there must be a book or records of it being built.?
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Annewiggy
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110 of 139  Sun 31st Dec 2017 12:35pm  
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From the Coventry Evening Telegraph 1938. I have copied this in its entirety as it is an interesting article.
Coventry Market Hall Clock Will Famous Timepiece Maintain Its Reputation? Coventry's famous timepiece, the Market Hall Clock, which, for a period of forty years when watch-making was one of the staple industries of the city, was so free from time error that it could be used to time thousands of chronometers that went from the city to the ends of the earth, is now recording the hours once more after being still for a week. After several temporary stoppages during the past few months a mechanical fault put the clock out of action, and true Coventrians will learn with pleasure that the clock, like the watches their forefathers produced, has stood the test of time, and is now expected to maintain its reputation for accuracy. Mr Sam Corbett, the octogenarian custodian of the clock, who has been nursing it tenderly through its past six months of sporadic ailment was called in to make an examination. He advised specialist opinion, an expert arrived from Derby, and the clock is now undergoing a general overhaul, its first for many years. Not that Mr Corbett is not himself an expert, most of his long and useful life has been spent in the diagnosis and cure of clock and watch ailments. But the time had come, he considered, when the Market Hall clock, which is nearly as old as he is, must be subject to a second opinion. Its mechanism has been playing odd tricks since last December. Prior to this year, however, the clock's record has been one of efficient and almost unfaltering service since the seventies of last century. It is one of the finest time-pieces in the country, and for many years before the advent of broadcasting was the "master clock" for the whole of the city. The history of the Market Hall clock is as interesting as the life of its maker. Mr Edward Thomas Loseby, a Coventry man, and one of the most eminent horologists of his day. Loseby learned his trade as a watch maker in Coventry, being apprenticed to Messrs Rotherham, the city's famous watchmaking firm, and after being in business with his father in Leicester for some time he moved to Islington where for many years he carried on the trade of a chronometer maker. Mr Loseby later turned his attention to the manufacture and improvement of clocks. He erected several clocks in and around Leicester - notably that in the clock tower - and in 1866 he entered into a competition to make a clock for the tower of the Market Hall that was about to be built. The contract price for the clock was £308 10s, but owing to Mr Loseby's desire to make the clock as perfect as possible it cost him about £600. There was a clause in the contract that the maker was to forfeit £1 for every second it varied over one second a day, which seemed, to say the least, a harsh stipulation. However the clock was duly fashioned and set going for public use in June 1876 and for almost 18 years kept well much perfect time. During a test over 9 months in 1866 the greatest variation on mean daily rate compared with Greenwich amounted to only 0.2 of a second. Since its erection the clock has more than justified the confidence reposed in its maker. "It is questionable whether there is another clock in the kingdom that could show a like performance", wrote Mr J J Farmer in a published account of Mr Loseby's work. In October 1889, a daily time signal from Greenwich was established in Coventry, and a record of comparison between the clock and the signal showed a remarkable closeness. In 32 tests, taken at regular intervals during 20 years, the clock agreed with the one o'clock time signal absolutely for a period of a week or more. "This clock is in a wonderful condition, and considering its age is in excellent condition", state the Derby firm who have undertaken the repairs. They have fitted a new controlling arm and check spring to the main clock movement; have refined the worn bearings and fixed a new gut-weight line. Facts about the clock Tower 100ft high Four six-foot diameter dials, each facing point of compass Figures 9.1/2 in long, minute dots 1.1/2in. Minute hand 2ft 10.1/4 in long. Hour Hand 2ft 0.1/2in long. Bell weighs 10cwts, struck by two 25lbs hammers alternately. Eight day clock
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Kaga simpson
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111 of 139  Sun 31st Dec 2017 12:58pm  
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Annewiggy, Brilliant, that I got the tower to suit the clock about face, is no matter, I knew there was something about the clock and the tower were special. Thank you and a special read too. Wow! Thumbs up
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NeilsYard
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112 of 139  Sun 31st Dec 2017 4:04pm  
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Great stuff Anne - I was wondering when the Tower was built Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
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113 of 139  Tue 9th Jan 2018 3:04pm  
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Annewiggy. Re-read your excellent post again, to me for some reason the clock tower was special, maybe something I heard or read when I was a boy. But in all my travels I never saw another like it, except in Italy in the fifties, there nearly every city had a tower, but Coventry did not have scaffolding slits like Italian towers, so was Coventry better built? Many questions, but in those days you could not look through archives. I tried the Telegraph, but could only go back about six months. If they held a competition for a special clock then surely they considered the tower to be something special too. To me the tower held an historic and interesting place in Coventry throughout those years.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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114 of 139  Tue 20th Feb 2018 9:08am  
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One for NeilsYard - a distant view of the Market Clock Tower Thumbs up
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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115 of 139  Tue 20th Feb 2018 9:17am  
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On 31st Dec 2017 4:04pm, NeilsYard said: Great stuff Anne - I was wondering when the Tower was built Thumbs up
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Helen F
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116 of 139  Tue 20th Feb 2018 10:03am  
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That's a rare view. I don't think I've seen a view from that far out that wasn't a sketch.
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Midland Red
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117 of 139  Thu 22nd Feb 2018 9:22am  
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Mod's note: For discussion regarding the above postcard other than the Market Tower, see 'Old Coventry postcards' thread Thumbs up
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Kaga simpson
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118 of 139  Fri 23rd Feb 2018 11:35am  
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Annewiggy, can you purchase just old CET papers separate from all newspapers? Regards, Kaga.
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Helen F
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119 of 139  Fri 23rd Feb 2018 1:21pm  
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I don't think you can buy the papers as such, just access to the digital versions. You buy a subscription period that gives you access to any of the digitised papers (via a search function to narrow what you are offered by both news paper and time frame, plus subject matter). There is more than one route to access - via the ancestry subscriptions or direct with the archive itself. I don't know about the ancestry organisations but the newspaper archives do membership for a month as a minimum and then a few other options up to 12 months with decreasing cost per month as you sign up for longer.
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Annewiggy
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120 of 139  Fri 23rd Feb 2018 2:00pm  
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Helen is right Kaga. The newspaper site have just scanned the papers, they are adding more all the time. It is good because being digitized you can search for anything and filter by areas or newspaper and even say you want anything illustrated. I have recently found a picture of a marathon basketball team in 1968 for a Leamington site which was in the Coventry Telegraph, which now goes up to the early 1970's. The team are now discussing a 50 year reunion!
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