Coventry, A City Full Of Surprises

Posted on: 15 June 2022

Coventry, a city full of surprises

Famous for its cathedral, football, Lady Godiva and as the birthplace of Two Tone, Coventry is a city that’s full of surprises. 

Whether you are just visiting or wanting to put down roots, there is plenty to see and do.  

One of Coventry’s crown jewels is its wonderful cathedral. It is situated next to the ruins of the former St Michael’s Cathedral, which was bombed by the German Luftwaffein November 1940. Work started on the new, modern building in 1956 after a design competition won by Sir Basil Spence and it was consecrated in 1962. 

One of the most striking parts of the new Cathedral is the Tapestry of Christ in Glory which hangs 23m tall and 12m wide on a wall facing the entrance. 

The Baptistery Window is another stunning feature not to be missed. Created by John Piper it is made of 198 brightly coloured glass panels and measures 26 metres high. 

Also in the city centre is the famous bronze Godiva statue on a plinth of Portland stone, next to the Cathedral Lanes Shopping Centre. 

Despite its infamous ring road, Coventry is a green city too with magnificent parks and gardens such as Memorial Park in Earlsdon, Allesley Park, Ryton Organic Gardens and Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve. 

 

Culturally, the city is rich and features venues such as the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum,Coventry Transport Museum, which has the largest public collection of British-made road vehicles in the world, and a museum of Coventry’s police force in Little Park Street. Just outside the city is the Lunt Fort, a reconstructed Roman fort on its original site. 

Theatre lovers should head to the Belgrade in the city centre or the Albany, a smaller but thriving arts venue which is run as a charity and puts on a variety of dance, theatre and music performances. 

During the late-1970s and early 1980s, Coventry was the centre of the?Two Tone?musical phenomenon, with bands such as?The Specials?and?The Selecter?coming from the city. The Specials achieved two UK number 1 hit singles between 1979–81, namely Too Much Too Young and Ghost Town. 

To prove its cultural credentials Coventry was awarded City of Culture status for 2021 

For those looking to move to the city, there are plenty of areas to choose from and with a host of fantastic schools, a top Russell Group university and great road and rail connectivity, it’s not hard to see why Coventry is a good choice as a place to settle down. 

From mansions along the Kenilworth Road to semis and period properties in Earlsdon, to flats and more modern homes within the city centre, there is something to suit all ages and most pockets. 

If you are after your forever home in Coventry or are keen to get your first step on the ladder, call one of the Hawkins team today.  

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