On the 1st October 1988 we had a trip to Highfield Road to watch Middlesbrough play Coventry. They won 4-3 after leaking an early goal. Two players scored a hattrick that day - the Middlesbrough legend Bernie Slaven and Coventry's David Speedie. This has to be one of the most exciting football matches ever.
On Much Park Street you will notice a ruined building. It has not been known about the history of this ruined building. During excavations in 1971, some pottery dating from the 1200's to 1300's was discovered and this leads some to thinking that the ruin may have been a merchants property built around the late 13th century.
The canal just outside Long...
The canal just outside Long Itchington - a very picturesque spot to visit. Across the road from where this picture was taken is the Blue Lias pub which serves great pub meals and its pub garden is right alongside the canal - a great setting for a long, lazy summer lunch.
Despite my introduction,...
Despite my introduction, Coventry's two cathedrals are always worthy of a visit.
(The mediaeval crypts are usually opened for viewing once a year for a couple of days in September.) During the summer, the local theatre (The Belgrade) organises the Coventry Mystery Plays which are held in the evenings in the ruins of the old cathedral.)
Also try and see the old Blue Coats School, Holy Trinity Church, Drapers Hall, the Guildhall of St Mary and the neighbouring courtyard, Castle Yard.
Also central is Cheylesmore Manor, now the city's register office for births, deaths and marriages.
Coventry was once a County in its own right. The Boundary act of 1847 removed this status from Coventry but the old County Hall retained it's name. The County Hall was built in 1783-4 and was designed by the architect Samuel Eglington. It was used for County Court and quarter sessions and is the only remaining 18th Century building of architectural distinction in Coventry. At one time it also housed the Prison governer of the adjoining jail which stood next door in Trinity Lane. The last public execution to take place in Coventry was in the street outside the County Hall (Cuckoo Lane) in 1849.