Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Coventry in Fifty Buildings by David McGrory
The CovSoc Review
Just out this month is Coventry historian David McGrory's new book entitled 'Coventry in 50 buildings'. It's Dave's 26th published book and is another very interesting read.
The essence of a city is reflected in its buildings and Dave has taken 50 buildings in Coventry and told their story and how they fit in with the story and culture of the city. He examines the proud and distinctive history of the city through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures, from some of the oldest to the very modern, such as the Coventry University's Engineering, Environment and Computing building. It includes one of the world's best-loved new Cathedrals and possibly the country's best preserved Guildhall.
Coventry has seen many changes in its 1,000 year history, through wars and changes in fortune and its many trades and industries and the destruction caused by the Blitz. It changed the modern world with Europe's first pedestrian precinct and had the country's first post-war theatre, the Belgrade. This is a great book to have as it will give you great pride to be living in such an interesting city. It's these building plus many more Dave had to leave out that will boost our tourism and hopefully will be celebrated as part of the City of Culture 2021, whether or not we win the bid.
The book is available in all good book shops and Amazon for £14.99. We recommend that you buy it.
Vice Chairman of the Coventry Society
Pages from the book
Historian David McGrory
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