1st Jul, 2022

Trip down memory lane as Coventry family make sweet return to Priory Row

Ryan Smith 15th May, 2022

A FAMILY has been able to relive sweet childhood memories by returning to their former home in one of Coventry’s most historic streets.

Ruth Conway, 78, returned to 5 Priory Row, which is one of six buildings to have been restored and reopened as luxury city centre accommodation.

House numbers three, four and six Priory Row and two medieval gates at Cook Street and Swanswell were also renovated.

The accommodation is now being operated by No Ordinary Hospitality Management in partnership with Historic Coventry Trust.

Ruth’s visit was the first time she had travelled to Priory Row for over 60 years, having visited number 5 frequently in the 1950s and 1960s when her aunt Kit and uncle Bill Ingram lived there.

The couple were able to live there for over 30 years due to Bill’s role as a verger at Holy Trinity Church.

Ruth was accompanied by her cousin Roy, who also visited the house regularly when he was younger.

The renovation is part of a historic £1.5million project between Historic Coventry Trust and Coventry City Council.

The buildings were originally built between 1385 and 1440 and are rare survivors from the period.

Ruth said: “It was fantastic to take a trip down memory lane and stay at Priory Row, albeit this time in a temporary capacity.

“I have very happy recollections of my aunt and uncle’s old home and of Coventry.

“For many years after my uncle Bill’s death, I used to ring the doorbell to see who lived there and how it had changed in the intervening years, but sadly nobody answered back then.

“I’m delighted the original building as I remember it has received a modern-day makeover but still retains its old feel.

“It’s been great to come back to a city I know so well, and to reunite with my cousin Roy, who I spent many an hour with at our beloved number five all those years ago.

“I’m already looking forward to returning in the not-too-distant future.”

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