Coventry is a place of discovery, hope, a city with stories to tell, a city full of historical events. Coventry has overcome lots over the decades so just imagine what we could do if we won Coventry City of Culture 2021!
Coventry is a city of movement; we were transport makers in the past and are a welcoming city of refugees and those in need, a city of peace and reconciliation.
- 1043 Earl Leofric and his wife Godiva found a Benedictine monastery at Coventry
- 1380 Coventry has a population of nearly 5,000 making it a large town by the standards of the time. Coventry is famous for its wool industry
- 1720 The Parrot and Griffin pub is established which has had many revamps since, and is now called The Phoenix (a main student bar)
- 1861 James Starley arrives – the bicycle industry soon takes over from the struggling watch trade
- 1940-41 Coventry is bombed as part of the Blitz
- 1949 The Godiva statue is unveiled
- 1958 Belgrade Theatre opens
- 1991 West Orchards Shopping Centre opens
- 2000 Phoenix Intitative: St. Mary’s Priory is excavated and Millennium Place is built
- 2000 Skydome Leisure Centre Opens