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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

Trinity Street, Bull Ring

October 1938


Extensive excavations have been taking place at the back of the hoardings in the "Old Bull Ring," now Trinity Street, which once was the west front of the 13th century Cathedral of St. Mary. This site is one which I have long hoped to see revealed, and now it is an accomplished fact. Its interest is more than I can describe on paper. For a time no more work will take place, but at a later date other work will be put in hand on the same site. It is necessary to explain this site, for so much misunderstanding exists amongst the public, and from grandparents and parents there passes on to the children of today a lot of traditional stories told in good faith about this Cathedral, but which are only legends. Thousands of people believe that an underground passage exists which leads to many various places, viz, Whitley, Coombe, Caludon, and by far the majority of people, to Kenilworth. The proof they give for this is that either a man never returned, or otherwise his dog. What rubbish some people will believe, and yet how often the real truth of the matter, which can only be proved by excavations, is doubted. It is true that an archway called the Gate House existed in the Bull Ring, which led to the precincts of the Monastery, Cathedral, and Priory. This was the only portion of the building at the west front existing until 1704. By some it was known as the stone arch leading to the Priory Court, and in the City Council records of June 1st, 1704, an Order appears:

"That notice be given to Mrs. Cave-King to give satisfaction for the said stone arch, which her workmen have undermined and thrown down, and that the same be rebuilt." But this order was never carried into effect, for after some litigation the ground was sold to Mrs. Cave-King for £5, and a public house, called "The Dog," and later "The Spotted Dog," built on the site. This archway was destroyed in the making of the beer cellars, but two portions were left standing, and were discovered during the past few weeks. The full depth has not been excavated, but in digging at the rear it would appear the arch was completely demolished, and the opening filled in with small pieces of stone.

When pulling down the old inn two years ago a book of charges for taxes on windows for 1741 was found, and some names familiar today are shown as living in "Cross Cheaping Ward."

John Blythe, 6/-; Francis Blick, 2/- (It was Edward Blick who built the first baths in a garden at the bottom of Palmer Lane in 1715 - these have been found at a depth of nine feet); John Hewitt, 6/- (who was mayor in 1750, 1758, and 1760); Jeremy Goodhall, 2/- (this family was well known, for in 1703 Matthew Goodhall was mayor, and a Jeremy Goodhall was chief of police about 1825, and was notorious in that he provided drink as well as canes for his police during voting at elections - the drink for bribing, and the canes to be used by his police against his opposing side); Alderman T. Fox, 12/- (Thomas Fox was mayor in 1736); John Taylor, 6/- (he was mayor in 1740-41); William Grascome, 6/- (his house was opposite "The Dog Inn," and was built by Thomas Grascome in 1558, being attached to the Meal Hall, where the poor were fed by the monks, another of the Grascomes lived in the houses - then one house, called the Lych Gate - in Priory Row, on which the flowers now hang); John Gullson (spelt with two 'l's'), 26/- (this would be the grandfather of the John Gulson of the Gulson Library).

Owing to an error in last month's issue the date of erection of St. Johns Church was given as 1380 - this should have been 1350.

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