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Greg
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76 of 83  Tue 31st Oct 2017 8:21pm  
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On 31st Aug 2016 10:59am, Prof said: The working mechanism of the Market Hall clock was definitely installed in what was then the Hertford St bridge building as the Godiva & Peeping Tom puppet clock. The bell also was original and these facts were much publicised at the time, in the 1950s. Loseby, the clock-maker, had to pay a fee if the clock was more than a minute inaccurate when installed as the Market Hall clock. The clock tower survived the blitz but was later demolished as nothing more of the Market Hall survived.
I remember, as a lad of three or four, standing looking at this clock tower standing surrounded by debris. I was amazed how relatively little damage it had suffered. However, I`m sure I read that a young lad had been killed later on, by a falling brick, which prompted the Council to knock it down. The clock mechanism is still in use in the Godiva clock in Broadgate.
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NeilsYard
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77 of 83  Wed 1st Nov 2017 10:10am  
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Did you ever get or have any memories of inside it Greg?
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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78 of 83  Wed 1st Nov 2017 10:12am  
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Rob. Thank you, I'm glad it's still of interest to some Coventry people. Almost all Friday and Saturday we were hearing that a lot of the damaged streets, people had gone to shelters and escaped the surface missiles, with the various organisations set up in the city - a couple of days, we soon had a reasonable picture, if not the exact figures. But you know if someone rams the back of your car, you have a quick shock that quickly turns to anger, and years after if something brings it back - it is the anger that's forefront in your mind. Of course people from Warwick, Nuneaton etc came into the city to see the damage, they were shocked at the devastion, more than the people that lived through it. If it twisted great iron girders, brought huge buildings down, then it was some great catastrophe, we could hardly expect anyone other than a few like ourselves in a shelter to have escaped. Rob, when my dad and some other local men came up our street at dawn, there was such clapping and cheering you wouldn't believe.
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Midland Red
Cherwell
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79 of 83  Mon 6th Nov 2017 5:54pm  
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Greg
Coventry
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80 of 83  Mon 6th Nov 2017 7:16pm  
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On 1st Nov 2017 10:10am, NeilsYard said: Did you ever get or have any memories of inside it Greg?
Afraid not, Neil. Occasionally, my granddad would take me into town and I remember watching the slabs being jacked up for the Bull Yard car park, being held high to see a steam train going under Warwick Road bridge (by the station) and seeing the market clock. I would have been about four or five at the time.
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Prof
Gloucester
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81 of 83  Tue 7th Nov 2017 2:23pm  
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On 29th Oct 2014 7:39pm, DBC said: I have posted this before, but this is a film of the opening of the Rex. The caption reads 1939, but I believe it opened before that - Pepper Lane looking towards High Street?
DBC. What a wonderful find, the official opening of the Rex cinema, soon to be demolished by a direct hit during the great raid on Coventry! Edited by member, 7th Nov 2017 2:31 pm
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Kaga simpson
Peacehaven, East Sussex
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82 of 83  Wed 8th Nov 2017 1:17pm  
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NeilsYard, there was a small wooden door at the base of the tower, opposite the hall. Inside, a wooden ladder led to a platform - on the platform was another ladder that led up to a further platform, on the floor was some sacking and bits and pieces. I would imagine them to be tools of some kind, I think there may have been a couple or so fold up wooden chairs but I'm hazy about that. I think near the market hall there was a sort of shop (could have been in a different street) but it had cages of rabbits, hens, and numerous cages of song birds, but on a well scrubbed kitchen table stood a large golden cage that held a parrot - around 1932 time. I had never seen a real parrot, not many kids had in those days. It was surrounded by about a dozen kids, bigger and older than me, all trying to make it talk. The shopkeeper was keeping an eye on them - after about ten minutes the kids were getting fidgety, the shop owner walked to the cage, went to feed it something then dropped his hand and walked away. The parrot squawked "Bugger off" and the place erupted, the kids walked away giggling and muttering the parrot's words.
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NeilsYard
Coventry
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83 of 83  Wed 15th Nov 2017 4:39am  
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Brilliant Kaga - thanks - that's the first description I've read of the insides. It's one of the buildings I'm somewhat fascinated with from Old Cov. It's just out of shot here but another photo filled with sadness, although I was pleased to see that this one shows the line that 'was' Vicar Lane.
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