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Indiana
Indianapolis, IN
601 of 1667  Sun 17th Nov 2013 7:56pm  

Oh yes I meant Leamington Spa Thanks for all the information! That is definitely him. I bought some credits on britishnewspaperonline last week, and found an article mentioning the construction of the railroad at his butcher shop. He sued for compensation for making less money in March of 1851 due to the dust in the air from the construction. I looked on Google Earth at the 11 High Street address, and there is a railroad there, but I don't know if its the same building or not. Henry also went through numerous bankruptcies later in life, and may have ended up selling coal and splitting up with Frances. I've researching those details now. There is also a request for an apprentice in the newspaper, and a time he went to the authorities for his apprentice misbehaving. I wasn't aware of how formal the apprentice system was, and had a good time learning about it. Yes Henry Butler (the son) turned out to be very successful! He owned many acres of farmland and other buildings, including an inn. He was written about very fondly in the local newspaper (although I think he was friends with the newspaper guy so maybe a little prejudiced towards him.) His son West was born in England before Henry emigrated. Henry has been great to investigate. He was written about frequently, and also most of my other ancestors came to America 3 or 4 generations earlier and were almost 100% farmers before the 1930's or so. Thanks for the response!
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MERLINMOG
Tile Hill Coventry
602 of 1667  Tue 19th Nov 2013 10:52pm  

I am trying hard to find a picture of the Peacock, now gone along with other precious local pubs. The reason? My greatgrandfather and his wife were the publicans there. She was the licensee and he married into the pub as it were. This was only discovered when researching my family tree. We are a real Coventry family, most of whom never moved from the city centre as far back as 1740. I walked past the Peacock for years not knowing my connection. When I realised it was part of my history I drove to photograph it only to discover it had been demolished days previously. The worst timing ever! And very upsetting .. It's very sad that in its place is just the entrance to a car park for the uni. I understand that it was an Indian bar/restaurant or something in its last days? Can anyone help with a picture of the pub? Try as I may I cannot locate a photo on any website, and I would dearly love to get hold of one.
S D KAYE

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mickw
nuneaton
603 of 1667  Tue 19th Nov 2013 11:04pm  

Hi MERLINMOG if you go to a site called real ale rambles there`s a picture of the peacock in the pubs A to Z section but it`s boarded up I`m afraid and looking a bit sad there is a list of landlords dating back to 1839 hope you find this interesting Cheers Cheers
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NeilsYard
Coventry
604 of 1667  Tue 19th Nov 2013 11:14pm  

As per Mick and courtesy of the website............
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dutchman
Spon End
605 of 1667  Tue 19th Nov 2013 11:29pm  

It was a miracle it survived the huge fire at the building next door in 1964, we all thought it was a 'goner' for sure. In the event it escaped with very minor damage to the roof tiles!
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Rob Orland
Historic Coventry
606 of 1667  Wed 20th Nov 2013 7:31am  

By coincidence I happen to have a shot of the Peacock from the 1980s, also showing the large surviving building next door....
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NeilsYard
Coventry
607 of 1667  Wed 20th Nov 2013 7:47am  

Ask a silly question but I thought Gosford Street was supposed to be a conservation area?! Sad
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Dreamtime
Perth Western Australia
608 of 1667  Wed 20th Nov 2013 8:13am  

Oh you are funny Neil. That building looks in perfectly good order to me too. Ansells beer too what a waste. Roll eyes Wave Wonder what they do with all the lovely pub signs ? Wink
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Midland Red

Thread starter
609 of 1667  Wed 20th Nov 2013 9:37am  

On 20th Nov 2013 7:47am, NeilsYard said: Ask a silly question but I thought Gosford Street was supposed to be a conservation area?! Sad
That's FAR Gosford Street Thumbs up And it's not a convservation area, but an area undergoing regeneration Oh my
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dutchman
Spon End
610 of 1667  Wed 20th Nov 2013 5:05pm  

It's not the original building in any case. It was completely rebuilt at some time early in the 20th Century.
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MERLINMOG
Tile Hill Coventry
611 of 1667  Wed 20th Nov 2013 11:24pm  

Thank you to all of you! Some of my family history restored. I am so grateful.
S D KAYE

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MERLINMOG
Tile Hill Coventry
612 of 1667  Wed 20th Nov 2013 11:31pm  

On 19th Nov 2013 11:04pm, mickw said: Hi MERLINMOG if you go to a site called real ale rambles there`s a picture of the peacock in the pubs A to Z section but it`s boarded up I`m afraid and looking a bit sad there is a list of landlords dating back to 1839 hope you find this interesting Cheers Cheers
Real Ale Rambles listed my great grandfather Arthur Shilton in the early 1900s! I am so thrilled to get this - thank you so much. Cheers
S D KAYE

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deanocity3
keresley
613 of 1667  Fri 29th Nov 2013 7:09pm  

I remember a wine bar in the late 80's early 90's called Manhattans down Hales St above a shop.
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Harrier
Coventry
614 of 1667  Fri 29th Nov 2013 7:18pm  

And wasn't Manhattan Sports shop below at street level?
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School Bully 2
Bristol
615 of 1667  Fri 29th Nov 2013 7:29pm  

Mid to late eighties was my era as well. All the pubs mentioned were regular haunts. One place that hasn't come up is the Pagoda Chinese restaurant on the top floor of the tower block. We went in there a few times for a late drink and some fried rice.
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