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News stories on the new CovSoc News Site 

14 Sep 18

News Stories on the New CovSoc Website As part of the modernisation of our communications, the Coventry Society has established a new News Site for all of our news.


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George Wagstaffe – Coventry’s Best Known Sculptor 

24 Aug 18

Meet George Wagstaffe – Coventry’s Best Known Sculptor The next meeting of the Coventry Society will be a talk by renowned Coventry Sculptor George Wagstaffe.


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Walking Through Litter 

30 Jul 18

Walking Through Litter A personal account of living in Coventry by Nirmal Puwar This article was written as a piece of creative writing just before Coventry was awarded the City of Culture 2021, but it is even more relevant today.


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The Forgotten Man! 

29 Jul 18

John Kemp Starley – The Forgotten Man! Our campaign for recognition of John Kemp Starley continues with a comic strip produced by our Chairman, Paul Maddocks.


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Is it Time to Re-think City Centre South? 

22 Jul 18

Is it Time to Re-think City Centre South ? As House of Fraser announces it is pulling out of Birmingham and Solihull, Keith Draper argues that its time to re-think the City Centre South shopping development.


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Call for the Return of the Mystery Plays 

18 Jul 18

The Mysterious Disappearance of the Coventry Mystery Plays Our Chairman, Paul Maddocks, calls for the return of the Coventry Mystery Plays.


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Falling from the Skies 

14 Jul 18

Falling from the Skies Spare a thought this weekend for Miss Edith Maud Cook (1878 1910).


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The Future of a Coventry Volcano 

13 Jul 18

The Future of a Coventry Volcano The Coventry Society is well used to commenting on planning applications relating to historic and important buildings.


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Civic Day 2018: Celebrating Coventry’s Postwar Architecture 

23 May 18

Civic Day 2018: Celebrating Coventry’s Postwar Architecture and Planning This year the Coventry Society will be celebrating UK Civic Day on Saturday 16th June at the Priory Centre near Holy Trinity church and St.


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David McGrory: A – Z of Coventry 

6 May 18

David McGrory: A Z of Coventry: Places People – History I have been able to get a copy of David McGrory’s new book, A-Z of Coventry, Places – People – History.


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The Heritage Action Zone – What is it? 

3 Mar 18

The Heritage Action Zone What is it? Had you heard that Coventry has been designated as a Heritage Action Zone (HAZ)? Do you have the faintest idea what that is all about? Well a member of the Coventry Society committee attended the last meeting and…


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The Window – at the Albany Theatre 

2 Mar 18

The Window – at the Albany Theatre The Albany Theatre are commemorating the centernary of the First World War with a fascinating performance that is directly related to our city.


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Civic Voice War Memorials Event – Coventry Cathedral 

27 Feb 18

Civic Voice War Memorials Event – Coventry Cathedral Now entering its final year, the First World War Memorials Programme, as part of the national commemorative events, is helping conserve and protect the nation’s war memorials for the long term by …


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New booklet on local artist Herbert Edward Cox 1870-1941 

20 Feb 18

New Booklet on Local Artist Herbert Edward Cox 1870 – 1941 By our Vice Chairman, Paul Maddocks I recently obtained a very interesting booklet about a local artist, Herbert Edward Cox, who was born in Coventry in 1870, at 26 Stoney Stanton Road near …


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Coventry’s Hales Street and the Burges redevelopment 

15 Dec 17

Coventry’s Hales Street and the Burges Redevelopment by Paul Maddocks There was a recent enquiry about what was happening around the Hales Street area.


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Historic England: Coventry: Unique Images from the Archives 

30 Nov 17

Review of 0Historic England’s New Book: Coventry: Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England (Historic England Series) Christmas will soon be on us, so if you are looking at ideas for Christmas presents or you just want the next David …


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The Coventry We Have Lost: Forgotten Foleshill 

21 Nov 17

Coventry Society member David Fry, and his long term colleagues Albert Smith, have just released their fifth self published book on Coventry through the lens of Edwardian photographers.


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Jeremy Gould Returns to talk to the Coventry Society 

23 Oct 17

Jeremy Gould Returns to Talk to the Coventry Society Following the success of the talk given by Jeremy Gould in November 2016, Jeremy has agreed to return to Coventry to talk about post-war development in Coventry, this time focusing on buildings …


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Coventry Peace Festival at St. John’s 

22 Oct 17

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Re-launch of St. Mark’s Church 

1 Oct 17

Resurrection of St.


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HSUK – Presentation by Colin Elliff 

14 Sep 17

High Speed UK – A Presentation by Colin Elliff Colin ElliffBSc CEng MICE is the Engineering Principal of HSUK, the real alternative to HS2.


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Bird Grove and George Eliot in Coventry 

12 Sep 17

Bird Grove and George Eliot in Coventry An open letter byJohn Burton, Chairman of the George Eliot Fellowship This is in the form of an open letter to those who I think might be interested in raising the profile of George Eliot in Coventry.


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What would Dan Brown make of Graham Sutherland’s Tapestry 

1 Sep 17

What would Dan Brown make of Graham Sutherland’s Tapestry? A Musing by Paul Maddock’s, Vice Chairman of the Coventry Society I have always wondered what type of story Dan Brown could write about the mysteries of Graham Sutherland’s Coventry Cathedral…


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Blue plaque unveiled to commemorate Ira Aldridge 

3 Aug 17

Blue plaque unveiled to commemorate Ira Aldridge A new blue plaque was unveiled today in the Precinct for Ira Aldridge, a black actor and anti slavery activist who came to Coventry in 1828.


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Civic Centre 2 is Grade II Listed by Historic England 

1 Jul 17

Civic Centre 2 is Grade II Listed by Historic England The Council office building known as Civic Centre 2, has been listed Grade II by Heritage England.


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Model of the Hippodrome Comes Home to the city 

30 Jun 17

Model of the Hippodrome Comes Home to the city The wonderful model of the Coventry Hippodrome has arrived back in the city this weekend and is now on display in the pop-up exhibition area of the front office in the former Coventry Evening Telegraph …


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Weather Vanes 

24 Jun 17

Weather Vanes Have you ever wondered about weather vanes on the top of spires and buildings and why they are there? In very early history people would hang strips of cloth on the top of buildings so they could see which way the wind was blowing.


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Danger to St. Mary’s Guildhall? 

6 Jun 17

“Danger to St.


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Invitation to Civic Day Event – 17 June 2017 

27 May 17

You are cordially invited to the Coventry Society’s Free event for Civic Day 2017.


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New exhibition celebrates motoring pioneer who saved Kenilworth Castle 

5 May 17

New exhibition celebrates motoring pioneer who saved Kenilworth Castle Speed and Power exhibition at Kenilworth Castle Now Open A landmark new exhibition Speed and Power: John Siddeley, Pioneer of the Motor Age opened at Kenilworth Castle in …


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Jean Parker Sculptor of the Enfolding dies aged 81 

3 May 17

Famous Coventry Sculptor Dies at 81 We are sad to report the recent death of Jean Parker, the Coventry sculptor who created The Enfolding , outside the Herbert Gallery.


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Celebrating Delia Derbyshire 

25 Apr 17

Delia Derbyshire 80th celebrations Delia Derbyshire will always be remembered as the Electronic Music pioneer who gave us the iconic ‘Doctor Who’ theme tune.


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War of the Roses re-enactment day at the Coventry Charterhouse Priory 

24 Apr 17

War of the Roses re-enactment day at the Coventry Charterhouse Priory Join in the fun day re-enactment of the Sir William Stanley’s Household, military and craft skills of the 15th Century War of the Roses period.


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Coventry in 50 Buildings – David McGrory – Review 

18 Apr 17

Coventry in Fifty Buildings by David McGrory The CovSoc Review Just out this month is Coventry historian David McGrory’s new book entitled ‘Coventry in 50 buildings’.


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Our Christmas Meeting 

7 Dec 16

Coventry Society Meeting – 12 December 2016 – 7.30pm…


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Next Meeting – Jeremy Gould – The Historic Significance of Coventry’s Postwar Heritage 

18 Oct 16

Next Meeting – Jeremy Gould – The Historic Significance of Coventry’s Postwar Building and Planning Heritage Link to Review of Jeremy and Caroline Gould’s Book…


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Coventry Society Meeting October 2016 

12 Sep 16

Our October 2016 Meeting – First World War Memorals in Coventry…


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Our September Meeting – Nick Marchini 

23 Aug 16

Our September 2016 Meeting – Speaker Nick Marchini…


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Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme 

1 Jul 16

Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme By John Payne, Committee Member This week I represented the Society at two contrasting commemorations of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.


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The Possible Impact of Brexit on Coventry – A personal view 

28 Jun 16

The Possible Impact of Brexit on Coventry – some thoughts by John Payne, Coventry Society Committee Member The views expressed in this paper are purely personal and do not reflect the views of the Coventry Society.


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Midsummer at St. John’s 

12 Jun 16

Midsummer Event at St.


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Your Invitation to join us for a Public Art Trail for Civic Day 

7 Jun 16

Your Invitation to join us for a Public Art Trail for Civic Day This year, for Civic Day, the Coventry Society is celebrating Coventrys fantastic heritage of public art.


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The Old Grammar School Receives Civic Voice Award 

27 May 16

The Old Grammar School Receives Civic Voice Award Two committee members of the Coventry Society attended the presentation of the Civic Voice Design Awards on 24th May 2016 and were pleased to receive a “Highly Commended” award for the restoration of …


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A Look Back at Spire House and Christchurch House 

23 May 16

A Look Back at Spire House and Christchurch House With the submission of the planning application for the new Water Park on New Union Street, Coventry Society member and Architect Angus Kaye takes a look at the buildings that face demolition to make …


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Making a Splash! Coventry’s New Waterpark! 

8 May 16

Making a Splash! …


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Brian Redknap RIP 

1 May 16

Brian Redknap RIP One of the Coventry Societys most loyal friends passed away on 2nd April at Myton Hospice at the age of 88.


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St. George and Coventry – 14th Century Propaganda! 

12 Apr 16

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Coventry: The Making of a Modern City 1939-73 

22 Mar 16

The Making of a Modern City 1939 – 1973 It always takes someone else to point out your good points, and Coventry’ post war architecture is an example of this.


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You are invited to our AGM with a Difference 

22 Mar 16

Monday 11th April 2016 at 7.30 at Theatre Absolute, 38 City Arcade Our next meeting is our AGM.


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The Social Geography of Medieval Coventry 

7 Mar 16

Here is a poster for our next meeting…