Upcoming Events

May 2024

Wednesday 29/05

14:00 – 15:30
Visit to St. Barbara's Church

June 2024

Friday 14/06

All Day
CovSoc Visit to Pershore

Saturday 15/06

All Day
Civic Day

Monday 17/06

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

Thursday 20/06

14:30 – 16:00
CovSoc Visit to Warwick University

July 2024

Monday 15/07

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

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
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Monday 18/11

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

December 2024

Wednesday 11/12

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 16/12

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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January 2025

Wednesday 08/01

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 20/01

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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February 2025

Wednesday 12/02

19:30 – 21:30
CovSoc Meeting
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Monday 17/02

19:00 – 21:00
Coventry Society Committee Meeting
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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

Co-op store columns by John Skelton

Coop Building Corporation Street

The columns of the colonnade at the front of the Co-op store, in Corporation Street, have a series of line carvings by John Skelton who is a significant artist and letter carver. He was assisted by John Trawbridge. The columns are an important example of the city’s desire in the 1950’s to incorporate public art into architecture. John Skelton was born in Norwich in 1923, the nephew of Eric Gill the famous artist, sculpture and type designer. He had trained with his uncle after leaving Coventry School of Art (1939-40). After Eric Gill’s death he worked with the carver Joseph Cribb 1940-42. After war services he joined the stone yard studio of Percival Bridgeman at Lewes. He set up his own practice in Sussex in 1950. He was able to work in mediums of stone, wood, bronze even cement or ciment fondu, getting lots of commissions around the country including the cathedrals of Norwich, Portsmouth, Lincoln and Hereford.

Three of the eight columns that support the Co-operative Wholesale Society building have incised line drawings upon them depicting the rebuilding of Coventry and emblems of the Co-op’s activities as a world wide organisation. From the first store to Food, grocery, coal, transport and leisure are all shown in a series of carved pictures.

The carvings include farm buildings, fruit, tomatoes, sunflower, a hay stack, a farm truck, pit head gear, mining, wheels, dividers, flames. chemists bottles, glasses, eyes, and a swimmer diving. It had been hoped that John’s designs would be on all the columns throughout out the city cenre, but this did not happen. One other that was done was the carving of a weavers loom and a Coventry cap on one of the columns on the corner of Broadgate and the Precinct. On the other side of it is the Princess Elizabeth’s Pillar which marked the occasion when Her Royal Highness, the Princess Elizabeth, laid the foundation stone for the precinct. 

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