Upcoming Events

July 2024

Thursday 18/07

14:00 – 16:00
CovSoc Visit to Maxstoke Castle tbc

August 2024

Friday 02/08

09:00 – 11:00
Visit to Finham Sewage Works
Finham Sewage Works

Thursday 08/08

14:00 – 16:00
CovSoc Visit to Sherbourne Valley Project

Monday 19/08

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

September 2024

Sunday 15/09

All Day
HOD at Draper's Hall

Wednesday 18/09

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting

Monday 23/09

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting

October 2024

Wednesday 09/10

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 14/10

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting

Saturday 19/10

All Day
Heritage Conference

November 2024

Wednesday 06/11Friday 08/11

Feister gathering

Wednesday 13/11

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 18/11

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

December 2024

Wednesday 11/12

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 16/12

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

January 2025

Wednesday 08/01

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 20/01

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

February 2025

Wednesday 12/02

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 17/02

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

March 2025

Wednesday 12/03

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 17/03

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

April 2025

Wednesday 09/04

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc AGM

Monday 14/04

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting

May 2025

Wednesday 14/05

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 19/05

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

June 2025

Wednesday 11/06

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

Monday 16/06

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
Recurs monthly

July 2025

Wednesday 09/07

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
Recurs monthly

County Hall

This building is in Cuckoo Lane and incorporates the Prision Governors house in Pepper Lane.

County Hall Coventry

It is called County Hall because Coventry was a county for around 400 years until it was placed back into Warwickshire in the late 19th century. This building served as a Crown Court until 1988.

The County Hall, a stone-built courthouse, was erected in 1783-84, and was one of the few 18th century public buildings in the city. Land adjacent was used as a gaol and the Prison Governor’s House is still attached to the County Court building.

In 1988 a new County Court building was constructed in Much Park Street and County Hall lay vacant for many years. The building was on our list of important vulnerable buildings in the city for many years. However in recent years the ground floor has been converted into a bar and grill called the Establishment and we are glad to see this important building saved for the future and therefore removed from our list of buildings at risk. 

The conversion of the building has taken advantage of some of the orginal features of the building, including the use of old prison cells as dining areas, the retention of the courtroom gallery, judges chair and the coat of arms. The access to the underground prison cells has also been retained. This was in the form of a glass cover, which has recently been replaced by railings (see photos below). 

A recent planning applications to create a boutique hotel on the upper floors was dropped when English Heritage objected to some of the details of the project. 

The photos in the gallery were taken by Coventry Society Vice Chairman Paul Maddocks. Click on the thumbnails to see a slide show of larger images.