A walk from Gosford Street to City Centre

After meeting Andy I felt compelled to explore Coventry, documenting anything to emulate Andy’s attitude towards seeing shapes, colours, architecture and history, as opposed to dull, grey Coventry. I was slightly influenced to focus on places that I want to focus on but nonetheless began to see Coventry in a different way. A part of the brief is to disperse ourselves within our locations which I felt this documentation of my surroundings allowed me to do.

Despite enemy air raids and a vast increase in population, Coventry retains many of its medieval buildings. The churches of the Holy Trinity and St John, with the two sixteenth century hospitals, Ford’s and Bond’s, remain. So does the fine Guild Hall of St. Mary the traditional centre of the town’s government, now restored and cared for as carefully as it has ever been. The Cathedral formerly the parish church of St. Michael, was burnt out in the raid of November 1940, but its walls still survive and its tower and spire, among the tallest in Britain, are preserved intact. The principal damage lies in the smaller buildings. The half-timbered houses, the top shops in which weavers and watchmakers once worked, many of these have now fallen victim to neglect, enemy action and the real necessities of replanning.

Below are some images I had taken whilst walking around Coventry, from Gosford into the city centre to the transport museum then up towards the Cathedral and finally Hay Lane. The city is a mixture of old and new, in both buildings, architecture and materials.

Far Gosford Street is one of the few streets in Coventry to have survived the combined effect of modernisation, the effect of dilapidation and the Blitz. Both the medieval street and some of its buildings are preserved. During the Blitz in November 1940, Gosford Street largely escaped serious damage, making it a highly cultural and historical place to ponder through.

Whilst looking around during my walk I realised how far Coventry University interrupts the cities landscape and recognised the delicate combination of old and new, Georgian and modern that is evident within the city.

Photographs © Sophie Moet

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