Significant Events

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Significant Events in Coventry

Coventry is a place of discovery and hope, a city with stories to tell full of historical events. Coventry has overcome lots over the decades and we can't wait to see the positive impact winning the UK City of Culture 2021 will now have for the city.

Coventry is a city of movement; we were transport makers in the past and are a welcoming city of refuges and those in need, a city of peace and reconciliation.

Take a look at some of the events which made Coventry what it is today.

1043

Benedictine monastery

Earl Leofric and his wife Godiva found a Benedictine monastery at Coventry

1380

Wool industry

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

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

James Starley arrives – the bicycle industry soon takes over from the struggling watch trade

1940

Coventry Blitz

Over 1940-41 Coventry severely suffers from German bombing (Coventry Blitz)

1949

Lady Godiva statue

The Lady Godiva statue which stands in the city's central square was unveiled.

1958

Belgrade Theatre opens

Built as part of the reconstruction of Coventry after World War II.

1991

West Orchards Shopping Centre

The city’s new £50 million flagship complex was unveiled to the public.

2000

St. Mary’s Priory excavated

Phoenix Initiative: St. Mary’s Priory excavated and Millennium Place built

2000

Skydome Leisure Centre Opens

It now has a gym, a cinema and a club for students to enjoy!