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Gold Coin tiles on houses at
Shelburne Street, Stoke
The story of Gold Coin in Shelburne Street..
there’s nothing out of the ordinary about this row of excellent 19th
century terrace houses except that each has two lines of gold-glazed
bricks running above and below the upper windows. And on each brick
the words ‘Gold Coin’ is scrolled. Local window-cleaner Geoff Smith
offers a strange explanation.
father who had the window round before me told me that the man who
built the houses was a familiar face at the Racecourse at
Sideway,” says Geoff. “Apparently one day he won a lot of money
which he invested in building these houses. Being pleased with his
success he incorporated the line of gold bricks all the way up the
street telling the tenants that he’d put a gold sovereign behind
one of the bricks of each house for luck. But he didn’t say which
brick. Amazingly after all these years very few bricks have been
disturbed. And the name of the winning horse was – as you’ve
already guessed – Gold Coin.”
Although this is an interesting story there is no
independent proof that this story is true -
you know the story about the reputed owner of the houses winning a
bet (or a horse race; or variations of the same.) I have never
seen any documentary evidence or a contemporary newspaper report
to verify this story and until I see such evidence I will assume
that this has no more foundation than the stories of tunnels under
various parts of the Potteries or houses built for the mistresses
of the Duke of Sutherland"
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