It was a beautiful Autumn day when I visited Coventry for a photowalk. I chose Coventry as I had not been there for a while and I wanted to see the old and new cathedrals. The other monument that I wanted to see was the steel structure that was dedicated to Frank Whittle the inventor of the jet engine. Coventry was severely bombed during the second world war and unfortunately the town planners have made a mess of the ring road. The entry and exits happen too fast and you need to be alert for the traffic even on a Sunday.
The cathedrals are situated around the University area and therefore I parked on the roads around the campus and made my way to Cathedral Square. The old cathedral ruins stand out against the sky and provide lots of details for photography. I wandered by Bayley lane and then the quadrangle boarded by St Michael’s Avenue and Cockoo Lane. Then I went into the Cathedral ruins. As you will see from my photographs, there is much to take in and there is the old versus the new Cathedral with its distinctive modern architecture.
Moving away from the square to the sixties shopping area and the Frank Whittle monument, the mood changes. I moved on from the square and passed by the Britannia Inn. The sixties architecture strikes you straightaway especially as you make you way past the bus station down to the square where the Motor museum is situated.
The city is a mixture of vibrant activity around the University with the students to a feeling of listlessness as people move around the other parts of the city in an aimless way. Hales street which is the centre of the statue and monument is outside the transport museum. After a few pictures here, I then walked through the shopping area and I eventually came to Fords Hospital Alms House which is an old 500 year building. It is a lodging place for retired women in the City. A place to come back to and explore especially when it is open during Heritage week. I enjoyed my visit to Coventry.
Many of the pictures are a mixture of iPhone and Canon 5D. I took a low down picture of the cathedrals from behind a fountain on the University Square. The picture featured on the next day weather forecast as shown.
Finally I found some Graffiti artwork by Lucy McLaughlan around Cathedral Square. I find her monochrome style fascinating.