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Greg
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1 of 7  Tue 2nd Oct 2018 7:55pm  
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Just mentioned Priestley's Bridge on a FB group and the thought occurred, who was Priestley? I can only think of J.B. Priestley but he doesn`t seem to have connections to the City.
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Prof
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2 of 7  Tue 2nd Oct 2018 8:26pm  
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J.B. died at Alveston, Warwicks, 1984. Must be an older person for sure. Edited by member, 2nd Oct 2018 8:26 pm
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Annewiggy
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3 of 7  Tue 2nd Oct 2018 9:46pm  
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Could be something to do with a Samuel Priestley who was a brickmaker and victualler who ran the Three Horse Shoes on the corner of Stoney Stanton Road and Red Lane in the mid 19th century. In 1872 he was selling garden land of 820sq yards next to the pub. I can’t find when the bridge or the canal was built but perhaps he owned the land. He also owned house along there. He was originally from Yorkshire.
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CovPoliceHistory
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4 of 7  Wed 10th Oct 2018 12:05am  
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The foundations for "Leicester Causeway Bridge", as it was first called, were laid in March 1769. During May 1899 it was widen for the tramway.
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Heathite
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5 of 7  Wed 10th Oct 2018 8:09am  
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Thank you for the bridge dates information. I looked along that way a few days ago and I could not see any markers for the construction of the bridge.
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Annewiggy
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6 of 7  Wed 10th Oct 2018 3:08pm  
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What's the story behind the plaque in the top picture?
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Heathite
Coventry
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7 of 7  Wed 10th Oct 2018 4:50pm  
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Hi, I would say it's "folklore". Definition; the traditional beliefs, customs, and stories of a community, passed through the generations by word of mouth. Synonyms; mythology, lore, oral history, tradition, folk tradition. More a body of popular myths or beliefs relating to a particular place, activity, or group of people. Maybe other members can add to it?
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