#OnThisDay 3rd July: Foundation stone laid, the 9th Bishop of Coventry is consecrated

On This Day 1839: St. John’s Parish Schools foundation stone laid by benefactor Richard Rotherham. On This Day 2008: Reverend Canon Dr Christopher John Cocksworth BA, PhD, PGCE consecrated as the 9th Bishop of Coventry. The Rev Canon Christopher Cocksworth, a father of five boys, was named as the city’s next bishop in 2008. At the […]

#OnThisDay 2nd July: Railway carriages derailed, IRA bomb at Coventry Rail Station

On This Day 1904: Railway carriages derailed on Albany Road bridge run down the embankment and across Broomfield Road. Although no-one was injured this accident drew crowds from all over the city to see the four railway carriages which had rolled down the bank on to the Albany Road. The accident occurred during the early […]

The Coventry Times from 26th November 1862

We know how you #Coventrians love a bit of history, especially on a Sunday! Here is today’s treat;   Feature: 26th November 1862 Edition. About The Coventry Times was founded in 1855 by bookseller Edward Goode as a weekly, non-conformist publication and was Coventry’s first penny paper. According to the front page of Wednesday 30 […]

South Asian immigrants from 1950s onwards showcased in new book

A collection of amazing images from one of Coventry’s most celebrated photographers are featured in a new book. Maganbhai Patel, better known as Masterji is set to launch his first book which includes 66 images taken during his career. Masterji’s book release comes a year after the ‘Masterji & Coventry’ exhibition in The Box at Fargo Village in 2016, with […]

On This Day: 20th November 1459, The ‘Parliament of Devils’ assembles at Coventry

On this day in 1459 the ‘Wars of the Roses’ between the houses of Lancaster and York took on an increased ferocity. Parliament had not met for three and a half years, since March 1456, when it had been dissolved following the resignation of Richard, duke of York, as Protector and the nominal resumption of […]

Hidden Stratford-upon-Avon painting set to be uncovered

A historical chapel says it has raised enough funds to reveal part of a medieval wall painting which has been hidden for almost 500 years. The painting, in the Guild Chapel, in Stratford-upon-Avon, was covered with wood panels in the 15th Century. The Stratford Town Trust began removing the panels in November 2016 after obtaining […]

The 60th anniversary of the Coventry polio outbreak of 1957 will be marked today, but why did it happen?

The 60th anniversary of the Coventry polio outbreak of 1957 will be marked today as part of a campaign to eradicate the disease. The One Last Push campaign, which supports global efforts to eradicate polio, is holding an event today at the Coventry Transport Museum to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coventry polio outbreak […]

Check out this “In Memoriam” tribute to Manchester United from 1958

Coventry City sent this “In Memoriam” tribute to Manchester United on 8th February 1958 after The Munich air disaster occurred on 6 February 1958, when British European Airways Flight 609 crashed on its third attempt to take off from a slush-covered runway at Munich-Riem Airport, West Germany. On the plane was the Manchester United football […]