ANY QUESTIONS: The story of St Joseph's.THE mystery picture of an imposing Victorian mansion (Any Questions January 12), was immediately recognised by Earlsdon reader Marjorie Russell. She writes:
"The large private house in the photograph used to look out onto Gosford Green and was where the Sisters of Mercy (R. C. Ch.) a religious order founded in Dublin in the year 1827. Communities of the same name have since been established in various American cities. The duties of those belonging to the order are, to attend lying-in hospitals, to superintend the education of girls, and protect ran St Joseph's Convent.
"I started there at the age of five straight after the First World War, and was a pupil until I left at the age of 14. There were six teachers among the sisters and the others were domestic staff. My favourite subject was art and drawing, and the teacher for that subject came from outside the convent.
"I remember Mr Wood the gardener, who lived with his wife in the cottage on the right. You can see the chapel next to it with a large window and cross above. At the other end lived Father Beech, a retired clergyman who conducted religious services. "We used to save up our pennies for charity, and when there was a substantial sum of money we would go to the Workhouse workhouse: see poor law. in Gulson Road to give presents of Woodbines to the men residents and sweets to the ladies.
... BOB JONES, Bursar bur·sar
An official in charge of funds, as at a college or university; a treasurer.
[Middle English burser, from Medieval Latin burs at St Joseph's, Kenilworth, recalled the present- day school's fascinating past.
He said: "The Sisters of Mercy originally arrived in Walsgrave Road, Coventry in 1862, where they founded a day and boarding school overlooking the green. Pupil numbers continued to grow right through until World War II, and with the possibility of air raids the nuns and pupils were obliged to evacuate. The move to Stoneleigh Abbey Stoneleigh Abbey is to the southwest of the village of Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England. It was founded by the Cistercians in 1154. It was the home of the Leigh family from 1561 to 1990. was fortuitous because in April 1941 the convent was destroyed beyond repair.
The sisters then purchased Crackley Hall, a large, gabled, Edwardian building on the outskirts of Kenilworth, and moved there in 1945. The hall with its spacious grounds was occupied by the sisters as a convent and The Gables, the adjoining gentleman's residence, became the school.
In 1991, the sisters withdrew from the educational field and an independent trust was formed, taking over the school and expanding into the former convent building. The sisters retained part of the grounds which were subsequently sold for residential development.
The school is now administered by a board of governors which is strongly committed to St Joseph's tradition of providing a caring Christian environment linked with academic success.
WHY does double-cross mean to betray?
DOUBLE-CROSS came into use in about 1870, apparently as an English racing term describing the common practice of winning a race after promising to arrange a Cross to lose it.
Cross, for a pre-arranged swindle swindle v. to cheat through trick, device, false statements or other fraudulent methods with the intent to acquire money or property from another to which the swindler is not entitled. Swindling is a crime as one form of theft. (See: fraud, theft) or fix, dates back to the early 19th century, and was used by Thackeray in Vanity Fair to describe a fixed horse race.
The word double is meant in the sense of duplicity DUPLICITY, pleading. Duplicity of pleading consists in multiplicity of distinct matter to one and the same thing, whereunto several answers are required. Duplicity may occur in one and the same pleading. , so double cross means dishonestly about dishonesty. (Information from QPB QPB Quad Pumped Bus
QPB Quality Paperback Book Club Encyclopaedia of Word and Phrase Origins).
WHERE was Brewery Street or Lane in Coventry 100 years ago, and did it have an association with a brewery?
AS far back as 1845 there was a Brewery Street in Coventry.
It was a short thoroughfare beween Leicester Street and Henry Street, and survived until around the time of the First World War.
There was no brewery there, but a Mr W Micklewright who lived at number 14 was listed as a brewer in 1874/5.
A more likely reason for the street name however, was William Ratcliffe's brewery in nearby Leicester Row (by the Canal Basin) which was in business for about 30 years.
The Mount, Cheylesmore.
CAN YOU ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS?
CYRIL ROBERTS, of Middlemarch Road, Radford, asks: "Who was the first to introduce Larry Grayson Larry Grayson (21 August 1923–7 January 1995), born William White, was an English much loved camp comedian and gameshow host of the late 1970s.
Born in Banbury in 1923 to unmarried parents, he was adopted into a coal mining family in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. to BBC television BBC Television is a service of the British Broadcasting Corporation which began in 1932. The British Broadcasting Corporation has operated in the United Kingdom under the terms of a Royal Charter since 1927. ?"
KATHLEEN ASKEW a·skew
adv. & adj.
To one side; awry: rugs lying askew.
[Probably a-2 + skew. , of High Street, Cubbington, asks: "Is there any evidence in city records to suggest the origins of Coventry? What was Cofa's tree?"
CHRISTINE BUCHANAN, of Capmartin Road, Radford, has a statue of Lady Godiva which originally belonged to her grandparents grandparents npl → abuelos mpl
grandparents grand npl → grands-parents mpl
grandparents grand npl . Standing about 19 inches high, she understands it's at least 40 years old. "Can anyone tell me exactly where it was made and who made it?" she asks.