Mapping Coventry over time
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The earliest evidence of activism among Coventry folk was their fierce determination to protect the common lands that surrounded the medieval city. However, as one of the twentieth century’s most important centres of industry, Coventry’s long tradition of activism became lodged most clearly in the trade union movement.
The city’s reputation as a hotbed of religious dissent dated back to the end of the fourteenth century, however the twentieth century was to lower many of those barriers to religious tolerance. Multi-faith celebrations like Carnival of Lights are now becoming more common.
The designers of the new post-war city tried very hard to introduce materials like slate, brick and stone to their buildings. And seventy years on, Coventry’s post-war architecture is at last finding favour with commentators, who view it as the country’s finest collection of Festival of Britain architecture.
Coventry is a music city, from The Coventry Carol in the middle ages to the birth of 2-Tone in 1979. The best artworks of the 1960's can be found in the New Cathedral and the city is served by The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum, The Belgrade Theatre and The Transport Museum.
Coventry’s history is filled with unrecognised heroes, from the brave men of the Coventry Fire Brigade, to the landlady Ma Cooper who was a pillar of her community.
The Coventry Carbodies company, re-branded as London Taxis International in 1992, established itself with a new model, the TX1, as the world-wide supplier of London-type taxis.
The merchants of medieval Coventry became adept at rolling out the red carpet for kings and queens. However after 1687, there were no more formal royal visits until George V and Queen Mary came to Coventry during the First World War.
At the start of 2021, Coventry's young rappers Jay1 and Pa Salieu are making big waves on the national scene. Pa Salieu is the winner of BBC Music's 'Sound of 2021' poll. His exquisitely produced songs tell stories of friendship, family, exclusion and racism.
The German air raid on Coventry on 14 November 1940, codenamed Moonlight Sonata, was the single most concentrated attack on a British city in the Second World War.
Rugby was the dominant sport in Coventry until the 1880s, and the City now hosts the Wasps at RICOH Arena. However, the single most remarkable achievement by a Coventry sports team must surely remain Coventry City’s 1987 FA Cup triumph.
At the end of Hull's reign as UK City of Culture in December 2017, a crowd in Coventry had gathered in the foyer of The Belgrade Theatre, watching The One Show live on a big screen awaiting the announcement.
Coventry produced a titan of the trade union movement in the late 19th Century and by 1918, trade unions in Coventry had begun to show their teeth in a series of well-supported strikes. The trend continued post World War II as trade union membership became a given among industrial workers.