Coventry

Yesterday in glorious sunshine we set off slowly for Coventry basin. It was a lovely day to cruise, and we were in no rush. Only one boat had gone past us toward the basin, and we passed two going the opposite way away from the basin.

Sculpture along the towpath

Sculpture along the towpath

Looking back at canalside properties

Looking back at canalside properties

We passed the Ricoh arena

We passed the Ricoh arena.

We arrived in the basin around lunchtime, and there was only one boat moored on our arrival so plenty of space. By the time evening came there were seven other boats. The hire fleet boats are moored on the other side and it looks like they are all there. There are a few shops here, but still some units being offered for let. Still a pleasant place to moor with a 48hr stay. Before lunch we went to Wickes, which is just around the corner, as we wanted 2 sheets of perspex to do the bedroom windows for the winter as double glazing. The plastic double glazing is working though doesn’t stay as tight as the instructions say it should.

After lunch we walked into the town centre to get our bearings.

Lady Godiva statue

Lady Godiva statue

Lady Godiva is the heroine of these parts, and this statue takes pride of place in the town centre. There is also an exhibit about her in the museum. Legend has it that she rode through the town naked so her wealthy husband wouldn’t raise taxes. Another interesting area is Medieval Spon street. These buildings were restored and put here (sometimes from other parts of the city) to show the towns medieval history.

Spon street building

Spon street building

These buildings are now used as shops

These buildings are now used as shops

Another Spon street building

Another Spon street building

Coventry was heavily bombed during WW2 so it is amazing these buildings survived. It is also a city of modern buildings because it needed restoration after the war. The saddest building was the medieval cathedral

Medieval cathedral ruins

Medieval cathedral ruins

the altar area of the ruined cathedral

the altar area of the ruined cathedral

The newer more modern cathedral that is built next door to the old. Completed in 1962

The newer more modern cathedral that is built next door to the old. Completed in 1962

Medieval cottage that is in an alleyway next to the cathedral.

Medieval cottage that is in an alleyway next to the cathedral.

Today we set off with the intention of viewing the museums as it has been dull and overcast after rain through the night. The Coventry Transport museum is now housed in a smart modern building, and is the largest collection of transport in the world. It is free to get in (though a donation is appreciated), and we spent nearly two hours there looking around. An excellent museum chronicling the start of the motor industry in Coventry until it’s demise. All sorts of old bikes,cars,tractors,buses etc. Too many pictures taken to put on the blog but a few here to show what is on offer. A must for anyone visiting this area. We were very impressed.DSC01261DSC01270DSC01305DSC01310DSC01320DSC01332

Even a section on modern developments and the future of the land speed record.

Even a section on modern developments and the future of the land speed record.

There is another free museum nearby that tells of Coventry’s history. Ribbon making was the city’s claim to fame, which then died out in the mid 1800’s. The bicycle industry was then started which then led onto cars and motorised transport.

We will have to move tomorrow as will have had our 48hr stay. But certainly would consider visiting again.

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