The Metropolitan Borough Of Coventry

Coventry is famous for the story of Lady Godiva who rode on horseback naked in protest of her husband, the Earl of Mercia’s, heavy taxation, but this metropolitan borough has a lot more to offer in heritage, attractions and growth potential. This West Midlands city is England’s 9th largest and has the West Midlands Green Belt surrounding it, which has made expansion impossible. Even then, Coventry has developed into one of the busiest cities in the UK, attracting investors, tourists and new residents in large numbers. The borough has various monuments and attractions that tell the story of how far it has come.

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A History of the Place

The history of Coventry goes back to the Roman settlement in Baginton and a nunnery in Saxon around 700 AD. After the Danish Army invasion left the nunnery in ruins, the Earl of Mercia and his wife built a Benedictine monastery on it. The settlement grew when a market opened at the abbey gates, and more people began visiting the region. Coventry had grown in importance by the 14th Century as it played a great role in the cloth trade. Its ancient prescriptive usage earned Coventry city status and in 1345, got its charter of incorporation. It received county status in 1451 and continued to gain more recognition during the 18th and 19th century as one of Britain’s biggest centres for watchmaking.

A Luftwaffe air raid in WWII left Coventry suffering from significant damage, especially in its city centre. The attack left most of the county’s historical monuments in ruins. Coventry rebuilt with more housing developments to meet the increasing population. In the 1950s and 1960s, Coventry became one of the largest motor industries in the UK, but when the sector declined, the city had to reinvent itself. At present, it is one of the safest places to live in England. Coventry was the first city to start the ‘twinning’ relationship with Volgograd (the Stalingrad)

Attractions in Coventry

St. Michael Cathedral was the biggest attractions in Coventry before it was damaged in the 1940 Luftwaffe attack, which left only the spire and outer wall standing. Although in ruins, the St. Michaels Cathedral spire is one of the tallest in England at 91 m. This spire is among the ‘three spires’ that the Coventry skyline is famous for. The New Cathedral was rebuilt as a symbol of faith and hope for Coventry and the whole country. To date, the Coventry Cathedral serves as a ministry of Peace and Reconciliation for conflicts across the globe. For art lovers, the city has several places to see, including the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Belgrade Theatre and Warwick Arts Centre. The Midland Air Museum, Coventry Transport Museum and the War Memorial Park are some of the historical places to visit to learn more about Coventry’s heritage.

Coventry has an active sporting scene with various football, rugby and cricket clubs. Coombe Country Park may be in Warwickshire, but it is one of Coventry’s best natural attractions with a lake, an arboretum and woodlands that accommodate various outdoors activities. It is just 7 km east of the city centre.

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