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Book focuses on 150 years of Coventry's history

Ian Hughes 8th Sep, 2017

THE CAMERA lens is turned on Coventry in a fascinating photographic glimpse into the city’s past.

David McGrory’s lavishly illustrated new book Historic England: Coventry shows the city as it once was, from its streets and alleys to its parks and squares.

Despite the attention of bombs and planners, Coventry still contains many historic buildings, and its medieval Spon Street contains many timbered houses, including more Wealden houses than any other street in England.

It is also home to one of the world’s finest cathedrals, and also had Europe’s first pedestrian precinct.

The book features more than 150 colour and black and white photographs drawn from the Archives of Historic England, a unique collection of over 12million photographs, drawings, plans and documents covering England’s archaeology, architecture, social and local history.

The unique photos span 150 years, and feature shots of the city dating back to the 1860s, time-travel down the decades turning the focus on Coventry homes, shops, factories, and even bird’s eye views of the city from the air.

Historic England: Coventry is published by Amberley Books priced £14.99. lt is also available in Kindle, Kobo and iBook formats.

All photos courtesy of the Archives of Historic England.

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