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Kaga simpson
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106 of 106  Wed 9th Jun 2021 4:29pm  
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Thank you, Dr Dave, nice of you to inform this forum. The Coventry cross of 1542-43, the stone-mason was Thomas Philips, the builder, Petit the quarry owner, found the stone. Many top people said it was the most beautiful building in England. It was said the cross escaped destruction from the fanatic General Purefoy influenced by Major R Beake and the butchers of Butcher Row. The whole so finely finished it was inferior to none in England, for workmanship and beauty. In 1626 Thomas Sargeson, master stonemason who with bart Bewdley Plumer who constructed Swanswell waterworks, were asked to look around and make a report of the cross in 1637. This they did report to the council, the full particulars of this restoration have not been discovered. The said cross was built as posted earlier, the first storey from the top step to above was twenty feet, the second storey another twenty feet, and the pinnacle a further 17 feet
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