W E S T M I D L A N D S
The city dates back to 1043 when it was designated as a centre of commerce by Leofric, Earl of Mercia, the husband of Lady Godiva. Wool was the mainstay of Coventry for some 500 years. In the 1400s the city ranked with York, Bristol and Plymouth having added colour to its trade in cloth and thread. The colour, a non-fading blue came to be known as "true blue."
During the Civil War the city's Church of St. John became a prison for captured Royalists, giving rise to the phrase "being sent to Coventry" meaning banned from society. In the 1800s new industries replaced a failing trade in silk weaving and clockmaking. Engineering took over. Daimler and Humber set up the first of many car factories in 1896. Today, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar and Rover have plants in Coventry.
In both world wars Coventry engineering was turned to war production and it was the city's engineering prowess that lead to near total destruction from a bombing raid on November 14, 1940. Only a few more than two dozen buildings were untouched by the fire that rained from the sky.
Coventry rebuilt after the war and is once again a major industrial city. If you are a car enthusiast, you'll want to visit the Museum of British Road Transport and see their fabulous collection of British and royal cars.
Guide to Coventry Pubs, clubs, historic building, cathedrals, Lady Godiva and local information.
Knowhere Guide to Coventry A users guide.
Coventry A guide to the city's past and present. Virtual tour, map, cathedral, local links, more. Well done.
A Brief History of Coventry
Coventry School of Art & Design
The University of Warwick
Coventry City Football Club Big Fat Gordon's Sky Blue Army Home Page.