Coventry

An Historical Map of Coventry to be published in 2020

The Historic Towns Trust is working with the charity Medieval Coventry to publish an historical map of Coventry.  Coventry was covered in one of the early volumes from the Historic Towns Trust, but since then much work on its history has been done, with historical research supplemented by archaeology.

Coventry will be the UK City of Culture in 2021, so it's timely to publish a map of Coventry which shows its long and fascinating history.  Although now often thought of mostly as a post-War city well-known for its ambitious redevelopment plans and for the car industry, Coventry's medieval past saw it as one of England's largest and most prosperous cities.  Between c.1350 and c.1500 it was England's fourth most populous and fourth wealthiest city, its prosperity based on wool and woolen cloth, but also as a seat of metalworking and leatherworking.

The map will be based on a digitising of large-scale Ordnance Survey maps of about 1912–1914 when Coventry's car-making and bike-making industries were already well established, as were its textile and chemical industries.  The digitised map will be used as a background to show where the city's main medieval buildings (its castle, St Mary's Abbey, the Greyfriars and Whitefriars, as well as Bablake College) were situated.

The reverse of the map will show a gazetteer of the city's most important sites, with an outline history of them as well as illustrations, and the map will also have a short history of the city.

With contributions by a first-class team of historians and researchers, it will be a rich contribution to the city and its well-deserved status as UK City of Culture 2021.

Publication date: 2020