The Made in Coventry shop run by Julia Gandy is proving popular as a resource for the unusual gift or home furnishing. The shop is filled with beautifully handcrafted itemss made by talented artists and designers. Opening Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm it’s worth a look. The address: Unit 1 The Courtyard at 2 Tone Village (the rear of 74—80 Walsgrave Road) Contact Julia on 07986 741604.
The proposal for a Spar convenience store in one of the city’s most historic streets produced a varied reaction from members of the public and strong criticism from some members of the Society. Clearly in an ideal world the former Yates’ Wine Lodge on the corner of High Street and Hay Lane should be occupied by a quality trader that would match nearby businesses. However, during these last three years its street level premises have been notoriously difficult to market.
two applications which are currently valid for the former Yates Wine lodge. One is a full application for alterations and the other is listed buildings consent. “Both applications for alterations to the Spar supermarket have undergone substantial negotiation in order to change the design and ensure the building will be altered in a way that is sympathetic to the historic setting. “The roller shutters, will not be visible during daytime hours, and outside opening hours will be mounted internally and have a 79% visibility to ensure natural surveillance is maintained. Along the Hay Lane elevation we are proposing to place historic images of Coventry in all windows. This is will be undertaken by Spar working in conjunction with our Conservation Officers in order that the history of the street is a showcase for visitors and local residents. A condition will be attached to the planning permission to ensure that this is maintained at all times. This also has the added benefit of screening unsightly shelving which was proposed to be placed against the windows (something which we cannot control). “There is also an application for signage to the building which is not yet valid as we are awaiting more information. Notwithstanding this applicants have been advised that Spar corporate colours (i.e. red, green and white) fascia board signage will be unacceptable as it is at odds with the historic fabric of the area. More demure fret cut letters in brushed steel (to match the building's existing pallet) would be more While a convenience store in this location will certainly enliven appropriate. this corner of the Cathedral Quarter the prospect of marketing “Entrance doors should be replaced in a like‐for‐like manner and a condition will be placed on any decision to ensure the appli‐ signage and the like on Hay Lane has clearly caused disquiet. We therefore made representations to the Council expressing cant adheres to this.” concern for the visual effect of the proposed convenience store The Council’s words go some way towards allaying our fears for on one of the city’s most historic streets. the Spar proposal but the Society will continue to insist that the In its reply the Council said: “To clarify [the position] there are promised conditions are implemented to the highest standard.
Note: monthly meeting one week later than usual
Kenilworth High Street
Monday, June 18
Wolston Walkabout Saturday, June 23
Numerous fine listed buildings line the old drovers Cash’s artificial silk was once made here. road in ‘Old Town’. Our host for this walkabout is Remember Bluemel Brothers’ factory? Kenilworth History and Archaeology Society Our host—the local history society.
Park at Abbey Fields and meet at the entrance
to St Nicholas’ Church at 7.30pm
Meet on the village green opposite the Baptist Chapel at 2.30pm. No charge but a donation to the parish church will be welcomed.
We were fortunate to have a fine evening when more than 20 members descended on the delightful village of Berkswell to see the fine 12th century church and village museum. Alastair Dymond, an assistant Church Warden was there to take us through the history of this ancient monument before we were let loose to look around the
Photos by Paul Maddocks
church, its Norman crypt and the old schoolroom above the two‐storied and gabled porch. Some members walked across to the lake with its views to Berkswell Hall, then joined the rest at the lovely cottage in the gardens to the almshouses where a fascinating collection of items has been brought together. Among the beautifully
presented displays were items relating to Tommy Goodwin with his winning bicycle at the 1948 Olympics and Maud Watson, daughter of a former Rector, who was the first woman Lawn Tennis Champion at Wimbledon. A first‐class visit rounded off in The Bear Inn where the Cromwell Room reminds us of his army, once quartered nearby.
We lament the loss of important courtroom features at County Hall the prominent building that stands on the corner of Trinity Lane, but we have to be thankful this Grade 2 listed building is back in use after many years of work by restaurateur Simon Close. The former court building opened on May 14 as The Establishment , a bar and restaurant in the old court room. Where prisoners were once brought up from the cells and stood in the dock, and once there was a stand for witnesses and a public gallery, there is strip wood flooring, a bar and chairs and tables for dining. The exercise yard has a glass roof and with two prison cells extends the eating area. Thankfully the balcony has survived, as has the canopy above the judges seat with the Royal Crest mounted on the wall. Restoration of the prison governor’s house next door has yet to be completed and will eventually open as offices fronting Pepper Lane. An outdoor eating area has views to Holy Trinity Church and the replica Coventry Cross. The historic site once had a City Gaol adjoining that was rebuilt in 1772. The house for the prison governor followed as did the court room we see today with its classical‐style frontage and Roman Doric columns. Its grand opening took place in the March of 1785. By 1842, with the abolition of the County of Coventry, the Coventry Court Assizes finished and the building passed to Warwickshire and was used for Quarter Sessions, weekly Petty Sessions for the Coventry District and monthly sittings of the County Court. By 1860 the gaol was no longer needed as prisoners were taken straight to Warwick after sentence and the whole site was put up for sale. In 1867 the people of Coventry planned to convert the building into a free library but eventually this was built alongside in 1884 by John Gulson and survived until Cathedral Lanes was constructed. After a break of 84 years the Quarter Sessions returned to Coventry in 1928 and in 1936 the city bought County Hall back from Warwickshire. The intention had been to turn the building into a library and arts centre. This failed to come to fruition. After the Second World War the courtroom was used to deal with a growing number of divorce cases and a modern law court came to be built leaving the historic building
redundant. ►In 1849 Mary Ball was the last person to be hung publicly outside in Cuckoo The city council’s planning committee faces a judicial review of its decision to grant Lane. planning permission to Asda to build a new supermarket in Cheylesmore. Information about the history of the Local traders are seeking the review after a lengthy campaign of opposition to the County Hall site was taken from the late supermarket proposal, which they fear will damage the viability of independent shops John Russell’s research papers on on Quinton Parade. County Hall, with thanks. The decision to approve the new store was made on the casting vote of the chairman after the planning committee was split with four votes in favour and four against. Contacts In an update to local residents, Councillor Kevin Foster explained: “A judicial review is 123 Upper Spon Street, Coventry CV1 3BQ Tel: 07855 113973 where a court is asked to rule on whether a public body acted lawfully in arriving at a decision. The court will not inherently decide whether particular councillors were right Email: email@example.com or wrong to vote for the proposal but whether the decision was taken on the correct If Twitter is your thing, you can follow us at https://twitter.com/#!/CovSoc grounds and the information at their disposal was appropriate.” We also have our own page on Facebook. Asda has confirmed that no dates will be given for completion of the store until the You can also follow us there at court ruling is known. http://www.facebook.com/CoventrySociety John Marshall
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The newsletter of the Coventry Society. June 2012