26th Jun, 2022

COMPETITION: Win historic Coventry book with fascinating glimpses of city's past

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.

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

The history of the cathedral and Europe’s first pedestrian precinct is also noted.

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 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.


The Observer has three copies of Historic England:Coventry to give-away in a competition.

To enter simply tell us which Coventry street contains more Wealden houses than any other street in England.

Answers on a postcard to Historic Coventry Competition, The Observer, 45 The Parade, Leamington CV32 4BL.

The winners will be senders of the first three correct entries drawn after the closing date which is noon on September 28.

All photos courtesy of the Archives of Historic England.



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