City of Coventry Locomotive
LMS 46240 Coronation Class
The LMS Coronation Class was a group of express passenger steam locomotives designed by William Stanier. They were the most powerful passenger steam locomotives ever to be built for the British railway network, estimated at 3300 horsepower and making them far more powerful than the diesel engines that replaced them. The City of Coventry was built in 1940 at Crewe and withdrawn in 1964; the locomotive was cut up the same year.
Being sent to Coventry
The term 'being sent to Coventry' used to be in quite common parlance in England. I can ceratinly rememebr it being used in the playground as a child. It is a kind of punishment whereby nobody speaks to the person in question at all. It was also commonly used against people who broke 'union rules' in disputes in factories. I think it is less commonly used these days but most people would still know the phrase.
It seems to have originated during civil war days when a group of royalist were sent to a prison in Coventry by Cromwell and his roundheads. The Coventry folk were staunch parlimentarians and so refused to speak to them in any way at all.
This is not just a coventry thing, its more a british thing ,CHRISTMAS dinner usauly starts with a couple of glasses of wine whilst preparing this feast, followed by dinner itself consisting of Roast Turkey, Chestnut stuffing, mini sausage's wrapped in bacon, Roast potatoes, mashed potatoes Sprouts,roast parsnips,mashed swede,carrots,califlower,bread sauce, gravy, and cranberry sauce, all washed down with a couple of bottles of claret you also wear a silly hat and pull crackers, once done sit back in the chair and prompty fall asleep!!!!!!!
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the original stripper
Lady Godiva is to Coventry what Robin Hood is to Nottingham, a character based in history whose story has been embellished through the ages. Lady Godiva rode naked through the streets to protest when her husband, the Earl of Mercia, imposed taxes on the town. The city residents remained indoors, except for Peeping Tom who was struck blind for his curiosity.
Every year a parade is held in early June to commemorate the original stripper.
Someone told me if they wanna...
Someone told me if they wanna be sarcastic to a person they dun like, they will say 'send him/her to Coventry'. I wondered and asked why Coventry. The reply I got is 'cos Coventry is dead'. It really is.
Don't worry to much about what...
Don't worry to much about what you wear but English people aren't always as warm as others. If anyone get's you a present it's a good idea to send them a Thankyou note.
The legend of Lady Godiva is...
The legend of Lady Godiva is set in Coventry. Lady Godiva pleaded with her husband to cut taxes, but he replied that he would 'see her ride naked through the streets first', a challenge she took up. All the residents of Coventry were supposed to shut up their windows and not look. However one guy named Tom couldn't resist taking a peep (hey, tasty naked bird on a horse - who can blame the guy??) and for his troubles he was struck blind - and gave his name to 'peeping toms' the world over.
This picture from official Coventry website.
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