Coventry

An Historical Map of Coventry - from Medieval to Industrial City

Now available

The Historic Towns Trust has been 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 the publication of the atlas entry, much work on its history has been done, with historical research supplemented by archaeology. The map is now available to order and buy from retailers and on-line outlets.

Coventry is 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 is based on a digitising of large-scale Ordnance Survey maps of about 1912–1914 when Coventry's car-making and bicycle-making industries were already well established, as were its textile and chemical industries.  The city shows a remarkable number of industrial premises in the city centre, next to medieval alleyways and passages. The digitised map shows where the city's main medieval buildings - including its castle, St Mary's Cathedral and Abbey, the Greyfriars and Whitefriars, as well as Bablake College - were situated.

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

An extract from the historical map of Coventry

Part of the gazetteer of sites of interest in Coventry

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.

Meanwhile, the map has been added to the Coventry Atlas and can be seen online.  The website allows you to see both the historical map and a modern map (as well as many facsimile historic maps) and vary the transparancy of each.  Would you recognise Coventry in 1913? 

Publication: June 2021

ISBN: 978-0-9934698-6-2. 

RRP: £9.99

Note that the Historic Towns Trust does not sell its maps directly, but they can be easily obtained from bookshops or on-line book retailers. Just quote the ISBN if you have any difficulty in finding them.