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Old November 17th, 2019, 03:10 AM   #1
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Old Coventry Pictures

Coventry

Arts School, Ford Street


Bishop Street, looking north


Bishop Street, looking south


Broadgate from Hertford Street


Butcher Row


Fleet Street



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Some pictures of old Coventry










Coventry after the Blitz



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Old November 17th, 2019, 11:27 AM   #3
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Yeah, Butcher Row was demolished pre-war to make way for Trinity Street. There was a pre-war plan that would have seen the whole medieval city centre destroyed to make way for a boring grid of single storey glass/steel buildings. The post war plan changed over the years, but it was not a complete plan, just the precinct and civic quarter. They demolished the rest of the city centre without *any* idea what was going to replace it and decided to build a grade-separated ring road that meant hundreds of existing buildings and whole streets vanishing.

Broadgate was almost totally destroyed by bombs. Bishop Street was badly damaged, but bits of it were still being demolished until last year.

A number of damaged Edwardian buildings (Such as a the fine old swimming baths) were demolished. A handful of medieval buildings were repaired (Ford's Hospital, the Guild Hall) but the rest was fair game for destruction.

I've seen some pictures of Donald Gibson's original sketches of the precinct, and it's bizarre, as they're all very Italian in style with arches and arcades.

At the moment the 'Civic Centre' that was a major part of the post-war rebuild is being demolished, and the precinct (Designed as a series of squares at different levels) is effectively being turned into what resembled a pedestrianised street (Which is similar to the original plans Gibson drew up, which was similar to what they did in Rotterdam.)

The ringroad is the most damaging thing to Coventry, in my view.
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National Provincial Bank 1930's


Market Square, 1910



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A lot of the post war destruction was done about with the air of optimism/modernism following the war. If there was no war, obviously we would not have lost buildings in the blitz, but we may not have even had the era of optimism/modernism. On the other hand though I think the age of the car and the need to accommodate the car would still have led to substantial destruction for wider roads, ring roads, multi storey car parks, etc. It's interesting now there is an tendency to try and disencourage cars from city centres and return to high density city centres. Of course the damage has already been done to the historic fabric sadly.

If you are interested in the topic I recommend reading

Britain's Lost Cities
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Britains-Lo...s%2C157&sr=8-1

The Rape of Britain
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rape-Britai...4167059&sr=8-1
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Old November 19th, 2019, 10:03 PM   #6
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They started demolishing medieval Coventry in the 1930s, with the destruction of Butcher's Row, which was equal to the Shambles in York. The city had grown quickly and they wanted to modernise it. A lot of streets completely vanished.

I've seen figures that state there were over 100 medieval buildings left after blitz, but by the 1960s less than 30 remained. A few were taken down and put into storage and re-erected on Spon Street, which IMHO has not been a huge success.

Luckily, many of the major medieval buildings survived: the Guild Hall, Holy Trinity, Ford's Hospital, Bond's hospital, St John's Church, the old Grammar school, Whitefriar's Abbey ruins, and two city gates plus a medieval Abbey gate. The problem (IMHO) is that much of it is in poor surroundings and a lot of them aren't accessible so we can't really capitalise on them for tourism. Whitefriars, for example, is stranded by the ringroad:

Untitled by Bodgecity, on Flickr

When they were building the ring road they kept coming across fragments of city wall, apparently, some of which is still visible.
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A lot of the post war destruction was done about with the air of optimism/modernism following the war. If there was no war, obviously we would not have lost buildings in the blitz, but we may not have even had the era of optimism/modernism. On the other hand though I think the age of the car and the need to accommodate the car would still have led to substantial destruction for wider roads, ring roads, multi storey car parks, etc. It's interesting now there is an tendency to try and disencourage cars from city centres and return to high density city centres. Of course the damage has already been done to the historic fabric sadly.

If you are interested in the topic I recommend reading

Britain's Lost Cities
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Britains-Lo...s%2C157&sr=8-1

The Rape of Britain
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rape-Britai...4167059&sr=8-1
Both those books are very good. Coventry isn't in the Rape of Britain because by the time the book came out, it had already been mostly demolished. It's sad to see how a lot of decent stuff was demolished needlessly.

I suspect that, even without the blitz, Coventry would have been demolished. They'd already started in the 1930s. :-(

This article has a picture of what was planned for Coventry in 1939, before the war started:

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/ne...ar-ii-13721053

As you can see most of the Cathedral Quarter would have gone, which is really the oldest part of the city centre!
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Lord Street, in the historic Chapelfields area of the city.


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For more information on the Chapelfields area, click on http://www.coventrysociety.org.uk/co...pelfields.html
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The Burges, seen looking towards Broadgate.


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On Broadgate, with Hertford Street up ahead.


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Butcher's Row


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Butcher's Row, towards Broadgate

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Near Hiltons' Broadgate side and the Royal Vaults pub with the passageway to Spicerstoke between them.


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A similar view to the above photo but from higher up.


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Great finds RalphGuy.
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Your welcome jonnys. Here's some more : -

I think this is Ball Hill.

coventrytelegraph


Whitefriars Street May 1960

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Charterhouse Road

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Old housing, possibly back-to-back dwellings.

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Back-to-back housing 25 Gosford Street Court 11

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Courtaulds Ltd


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Coventry Station. Unfortunately, no date.
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1953. The old Highfield Road stadium just before the club unveiled their floodlight system in October 1953 (it cost £3,967).
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Hillfields

https://www.coventrysociety.org.uk/c...illfields.html

Bishop Street.

The Francis Frith Collection



Unknown address in Hillfields.

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'Eli Green's Triangle' - taken by John Blakemore.

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A tram in Hillfields.

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25th October 1968, Pearsons Second Hand shop, 23 Stoney Stanton Road, Hillfields. No 21 has to be demolished.

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31st March 1971 - Houses have been demolished and the ground has been earthed up to prevent unauthorized parking.

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4th February 1965. A child rummages around in the wrecks of old cars with some houses in the middle of demolition and a tower block rising up in the distance on Queen Street.

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A view over the wasteland to the high rise blocks.

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22nd March 1968 - View from Coventry Cathedral. The City Mill (Flour) with its tall chimney can be seen in the foreground.

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The old and the new.

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An aerial view of the new neighbourhood emerging in the 1960s.

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There have been some problems for some people viewing the Birmingham or Black Country old photos threads on the Brummie forum.


Has anyone got any difficulties viewing the pictures on this thread? Please pm me with the post numbers if you do.


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