Sent to Coventry

A possible source of this term is from Brian Howson’s book on Almshouses, referring to:

“Bond’s, or Bablake’s Hospital in Coventry., founded in 1507 by Thomas Bond, sometime Mayo of Coventry, for the care and maintenance of ten poor men of the Trinity and Corpus Christi Guilds. Some fifty years later, another institution was founded alongside by the Corporation of the maintenance and instruction of poor boys. The two charities lived happily side by side into the 209th century, the old hospital being known as Bablake’s, and the new one as Bond’s. the two hospital buildings form the north and east sides of a small quadrangle. The west side is occupied by a later master’s house, and the south by the churchyard of the original guild’s church, now the parish church of St John. ….this is where, in 1747, several hundred prisoners from the defeated Scottish army of the Duke of Hamilton were billeted. The citizens of he town boycotted the prisoners, and it is from this episode that the expression ‘sent to Coventry’ is supposed to have originated

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