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Camera No. 36

It's not easily visible here in this wonderfully busy street scene of 1927, but Peeping Tom used to watch out from the top corner window in the King's Head Hotel on the right. The statue used as Peeping Tom has been around in Coventry for over three and a half centuries but started out life in the guise of a much nobler figure... St. George!

Hertford St 1927
Hertford St 2004
Godiva Clock

A different Peeping Tom is now not far away from the window of that Hotel (which was totally destroyed in the blitz); - An animated one watches over Lady Godiva as she parades around the "Godiva Clock", on the hour - every hour, in the 1950s rebuilt Broadgate.
The accurate clock movement inside was salvaged from the old Market Tower which dominated the city centre skyline until its demolition after the Second World War.

Until 1987 the animated horse "galloped" around beneath the clock, and in this article by Paul Maddocks you can watch a short video showing it in action, with an explanation of why it no longer moves in the same way.

The original Peeping Tom statue now resides in The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum.

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