Clay pipes, were once very common in Europe peaking between 1850-1920 , But after the great war ,cigarettes became cheaper and so took over,
but during Victorian times clay pipes were cheap and broke easily so many survive today but not to many with the stems still attached...styles changed considerably I have shown a couple of examples that Ive managed to dig up over the years
Victorian Bottles, all the bottles I have dug up myself and all date from Victorian times 1880-1910, In those days bottles were embossed and had ingenious methods of sealing , glass stoppers, there many many patents taken out during that period the most famous being the Codd patent, named after its inventor Hiram Codd, it had a pinched neck which held back the "marble" stopper when opened, this is where the saying.. a load of old coddswallop...came from, trouble was the kids used to smash the bottles to collect the marbles...A Mr Haynes patented a variation called the Haynes Patent a oval marble!!
This is without doubt the best park in Coventry, with plenty of activities; it was opened in 1921 as a tribute to all the soldiers from Coventry who lost their lives during the Great War (1914-1918)
There are so many things to do Tennis, Golf, Football, Bowls, there’s a Skate park, Children’s play area large Café and Aviary as well as Copper Beech lined avenues and formal gardens and of course lots of open space
It’s home once a year to the Godiva festival an extravaganza, of activities including live music. It’s also the finishing post for the Coventry Run each year a vintage car rally that features many of the famous cars that were manufactured here over the years
Open Dawn to Dusk
This genuine Tudor house was built in the 1500s and once was part of a row of cottages in Tudor times rich people would build there homes from bricks and stone and a lot of ordinary houses like this where built from timber frames usually Oak and filled in between with Wattle and daub, The wattle being sticks inter woven with strips of willow and daub a mixture of mud straw and sometimes Dung!
This medieval ruin was unearthed after the blitz of 1940; the bombs destroyed most of much park street. The building was excavated in n1971 and some pottery dating back to the 1200s and 1300s was uncovered its believed to be a merchants house
Although it looks old it is a concrete replica of the much larger cross which stood in cross cheaping street from 1541 until 1771 when it was demolished as it had fallen into disrepair
Close to the Old Cathedral ruins
Originally built in 1352 this was the gatehouse to White friars monastery it has been restored many times over the centuries and since 1970 has housed the toy museum
The building maintains a lot of its original features and is well worth a visit
Open most days
Children £ 1.00
Whilst i prefere to see Birds in the wild, this is a great place to take the kids for a close up look at some beautiful birds which include the napoleon weaver, The Java Dove , The Chinese Quail and some Cockateals
The Aviary is well cared for , the birds are fed and watered every morning and are visited by the vet twice a year, or if they are ill.
The large cages also have heaters for the winter
Go and see the Coventry Blaze in action you will be suprised, They play on most Sunday evenings at home, face off at 6pm, Tickets are reasonably priced and its sutible for the whole family , season runs from Sept to Mar, Coventry Blaze are current UK champions winning the Grand slam last year
The Old Grammar School used to be Church of the Hospital of St. John around 1340. Between 1557 and 1885 it served as a grammar school which is the function that most people recognise it for. The building used to be large but in 1830 part of this building was demolished to widen Hales Street. The state of this building is not very great and surely need attention.
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.
Once a year an Airshow takes place at Baginton Airport. The year we went we saw seven Douglas Dakota DC3 transport planes flying together in what was believed to be the largest such formation since the Berlin Airlift of, between 1948 and 1949. Coventry Airport is actually outside the city but is owned by the City Corporation and is leased to a company called Air Atlantique. See also the VT page for Baginton.
If history is your cup of tea then get yourself down to the Lunt Roman Fort. Located on the southern outskirts of Coventry in Baginton, it is only a 15/20 min drive from the city centre.
This is the site of (unsurprisingly) a Roman Fort, although it was intended to have only been a temporary fort, it actually stayed in place for 20 years.
Excavation of the site started in the 60s and turned out to be quite a surprise to the archeaologists as it did not follow the shape of all the other conventional forts. Here, they have reconstructed one of the gates, ramparts, granary and, unusually, a gyrus which they think was used to retrain horses they had nicked from the like of Boudicca to be distributed among the romans. But I won't waffle on too much, you need to go and see the place yourself.
I should also add that you sometimes get roman re-enactors here and it is the home to one of the leading roman re-enactment groups, sometimes seen marching down to the local pub in full dress. A sight worth catching I might add ;-)
Near Leominster is the wonderful National Trust property of Lower Brockhampton. Set in a wonderfully secluded wooded valley this moated farmhouse is a real hidden treasure. It is close to how it would have been when it was built centuries ago. One of my favourite places. The small moated gate-house still stands and adds to the beauty of the place.
Picture also taken at the canal outside Long Itchington but a little further down from the Blus Lias pub. The lock here is often quite busy so is well worth a visit to watch the barges as they manoeuvre up and down the canal.