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1. Sixty Years of Cycling - 1897 magazine article
2. The Arno Motor Company of Coventry 1908-1916, by Damien Kimberley
3. The New Bablake Schools - 1889 article
4. Public Baths - The Building News, Jan 24th 1896
5. A short history of Coventry's Theatres and Cinemas, by Bill Birch
6. The Brough Superior, by Damien Kimberley
7. Proposal for St. Michael's Campanile c1890
8. Coventry's Rich Heritage, by Pete Walters
9. Coventry, the Home of the Cycle Trade - 1886 magazine article
10. The Dragoon Cycle Company of Coventry, by Damien Kimberley
11. Edwin Brown, Victorian Animal Artist, by Stephen Catton
12. Coventry Volunteer Fire Brigade - Illustrated London News, Jan 4th 1862
13. The Great Flood of December 1900, and the lost Bridges, by Damien Kimberley
14. Coventry's Great Flood - London Daily Graphic, 2nd January 1901
15. New Drinking Fountain at Coventry - 17 Sep 1859
16. Henry Cave, and the 'Lady' Autocar of 1899, by Damien Kimberley
17. The Lion Bicycle Company of Coventry & Wolverhampton 1877-1882, by Damien Kimberley
18. The Beech on Wheels, by Derek Robinson and forum member Foxcote
19. Phil Silvers Archival Museum, by Paul Maddocks
20. Transport Museum pt.3 - Creating the Blitz Experience, by Paul Maddocks
21. What links a Spitfire's landing gear to a baby buggy? by Paul Maddocks
22. The sound that almost killed my Dad in the War!, by Paul Maddocks
23. D-Day and Monty's Staff Car, by Paul Maddocks
24. Transport Museum pt.2 - New Hales Street Entrance in 1985, by Paul Maddocks
25. Transport Museum pt.1 - How the Queen's 1977 visit sowed the seed, by Paul Maddocks
26. What links R2D2 to a Coventry Hydrogen/Electric cab company? by Paul Maddocks
27. Transport Museum pt.6 - The Royal Cars, by Paul Maddocks
28. Transport Museum pt.5 - The 1987 F.A. Cup Winners' Sky Blue Bus, by Paul Maddocks
29. The Tapestry and its Hidden Secret, by Paul Maddocks
30. Transport Museum pt.4 - Coventry's Land Speed Record Cars, by Paul Maddocks
31. Whitefriars Gatehouse and Toy Museum, by Paul Maddocks
32. WW1 and Wyley of Charterhouse, by Paul Maddocks
33. Miss Bashford, a Teacher's Tale, by Simon Shaw
34. Motor Panels (Coventry) Ltd, by Damien Kimberley
35. Not Forgotten, the 1939 IRA bomb attack, by Simon Shaw
36. Let's talk about Rex, by Damien Kimberley
37. Coventry, the Silk Trade and the Horsfall family, by Ian West
38. The Saint Joseph the Worker parish in Coventry, by Terence Richards - Part 1
39. The Saint Joseph the Worker parish in Coventry, by Terence Richards - Part 2
40. The Saint Joseph the Worker parish in Coventry, by Terence Richards - Part 3
41. A brief history of Saint Osburg's, in pictures, by Damien Kimberley
42. The First Tudor Feast, by Richard Ball
43. 1930s Austin's Monthly Magazine articles, by John Bailey Shelton MBE
44. Plan for the City Centre - The Architect and Building News, 21st March 1941

1930s Austin's Monthly Magazine articles, by John Bailey Shelton MBE

as originally published in Austin's Monthly Magazine from November 1832 to June 1939

Compiled and transcribed by R. W. Orland, 2005

I'm sincerely grateful to the Shelton family for their kind permission and encouragement to publish these works.

J. B. Shelton's post-war book A Night in Little Park Street can be viewed here (in PDF format).


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Date:Subjects covered:


NovGosford Gate
DecCo-op Site, West Orchard


JanWest Orchard, Bridge etc.
FebBroadgate Excavations
MarBroadgate Excavations
AprBroadgate Excavations
MayBlack Bull Inn, Pepper Lane
JunBlack Bull Inn
JulCox Street - River Excavations
AugCox Street - River Excavations
SepCox Street - River Excavations
OctCox Street - River Excavations
NovCox Street - River Excavations
DecPark Side Excavations


JanPark Side Excavations
FebBurges Excavations
MarBenedictine Site Excavations
AprBenedictine Site Excavations
MayBenedictine Site Excavations
JunBenedictine Site Excavations
JulCoventry Castle
AugBenedictine Site, Palmer Lane Guest House
SepBenedictine Site, Wooden Bridge
OctAntiquities Exhibition at the Drill Hall
NovWell Street Excavations
DecPriory Pool & Mills


JanPriory Pool & DIstrict
FebNew Buildings, Tower Foundations
MarCity Wall, Cook Street Gate, Plumb House
AprPriory Tower
MayPriory Tower, Gulson Road, Round Tower, New Gate Foundations
JunBroad Well, Burges Ford, Palmer Lane
JulWhite Friars
AugMeeting House, Smithford Street
SepMeeting House, Smithford Street
OctMeeting House, Smithford Street, St. John's Hospital Excavations
NovSt. John's Hospital, Barracks Square, Black Bull Inn
DecBarracks Square, Black Bull Inn


JanBarracks Square, Black Bull Inn
FebButcher Row
MarButcher Row
AprButcher Row
MayButcher Row
JunOwen Owen's Site
JulOwen Owen's Site
AugOwen Owen's Site
SepOwen Owen's Site
OctTrinity Street
NovTrinity Street
DecTrinity Street


JanBenedictine Museum
FebPool Meadow to Priory Street
MarPool Meadow to Priory Street
AprPool Meadow to Priory Street Excavations
MayBull Ring, Pottery Kiln, Hippodrome
JunHippodrome, Rex Cinema
JulBablake Excavations
AugCow Lane Site Excavations


MayRex Site, Trinity Street
JulBroadgate Excavations
SepBablake Excavations, Co-op Site, West Orchard
OctTrinity Street, Bull Ring
NovSt. Mary's Cathedral Site, Bull Ring
DecSt. Mary's Cathedral Site, Bull Ring


JanPost Office Excavations
FebSt. Mary's Cathedral Site
MarArt Gallery and Museum
AprArt Gallery and Museum
MayArt Gallery and Museum
JunBablake Excavations

Well Street Excavations

November 1934


As the Gas and Electrical Showrooms are shortly to be opened, I must ask my readers to excuse me for malting a break in the story of the Benedictines, though in fact even in this story they take a part.

Well Street is one of the oldest streets (probably the oldest) in Coventry, deriving its name from the fact that a well existed there, called "Broad Well," and probably of the Saxon period. It was in 1333 the inhabitants were licensed by Edward III. to erect a conduit 20-ft. long by 10-ft. broad in any street which they might deem most convenient for that purpose, and under this licence a conduit was erected at "The Broad Well" in Well Street. It is thought that this well supplied part of the Benedictine Monastery, for we find in the year 1406 that Henry V., at the petition of the Prior of the Cathedral Church of the Virgin Mary in Coventry, granted by assent of the Bishops and Lords "that out of the conduit of water running to the said priory no man do make any head or rock, or break the same conduit without the assent of the said prior." In digging operations part of this conduit was discovered, and was in perfect condition, being about 3-ft. 6-ins high, and had at one time a stone top. The well was in the centre, and was about 16-ft. in depth from the present level of the road, but only 6-ft. in depth from the bottom of the conduit. The flow of water of about 5000 gallons per hour filled the conduit, and an overflow channel carried the water to the Priory Mill pool.

In 1554 this well was repaired with stone from the destruction of the Monastery. At a later date it had been bricked, but the old rings of wood from the ancient well had been used again, and are now preserved for a future museum In the middle of the 19th century this well ran dry, or nearly so, by the sinking of deeper wells, one of which was 23-ft. deep, and the water could be seen to flow in at a rapid pace, and dispersed just as quickly. No less than seven wells were discovered on the site. Men who were called 'bytters' (water carriers) lived in Well Street, and supplied the public with water, and one of the yokes for carrying water was found. After 1855 the supply was restored again, and a pump erected. Water carts were used to supply the public, the water being sold in bucketsful.

At the east end of the conduit a sand quarry was revealed, worked to a depth of about 14-ft. This would join up with an extensive quarry or quarries which cover the greater part of the Burges valley, and was a part of the Bablake, and would be of Saxon or Norman period. At a depth of 11-ft. 6-ins. in this quarry a large oak tree was found, and as it was about 18-ft. in circumference it must have been of great age. Around this tree a shed had been built for a shelter for cattle, probably goats, as horns were found in great numbers. Broken vessels of Saxon or Norman pottery were found, also a stool top made from a rough oak plank. A pony's shoe, a lock for a pony's fetlock, and a chain made up of S hooks was found and near the conduit great quantities of charcoal for smelting, and horse shoes cut in half and placed together for smelting. In one hole at the east end roots of the oak tree were found at a depth of 20-ft. At a depth of 11-ft. on the south side, large oak timbers and stonework were found, being foundations of some very early building. At the west end clay had been quarried, while actually under Well Street, and running east to west, were large oak timbers about 4-ft. below the surface. As S. John's Hospital stands at the corner of Hales Street, and was built in the Norman period, it is quite possible that sand was used for this purpose. An enamelled brooch in the shape of a cross was found, and is of about 11th century.

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