SP3379 : City wall, Lady Herbert's garden

taken 10 years ago, near to Coventry, Great Britain

City wall, Lady Herbert's garden
City wall, Lady Herbert's garden
One of the most substantial remaining sections of the city wall[1] lies in Lady Herbert's Garden between Cook Street Gate and Swanswell Gate, visible behind the blue bridge. This area was at one time used as a rope walk, a long narrow piece of land where lengths of rope were made. The garden was created in the 1930's in memory of the late wife of Sir Alfred Herbert. The blue bridge is a recent addition, taking a footpath from Millennium Place towards the Swanswell.

In the distance is the tower of Coventry's old fire station, now restaurants, and the spire of St Michael's cathedral church.
1. Coventry city wall
The city wall was a little over 2 miles in circumference when completed in 1534. Having taken 180-200 years in construction, it was not primarily a defensive structure. Charles II ordered it to be rendered indefensible in 1662 and much of it was subsequently demolished and the stone used as a building source. The gates survived into the late eighteenth century, when all but the two surviving gates were removed.

The city wall remains are listed as a scheduled ancient monument.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 27 January, 2009   (more nearby)
Sunday, 1 February, 2009
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Park and Public Gardens  Historic sites and artefacts 
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City walls   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3356 7936 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:24.6731N 1:30.4832W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SP 3356 7937
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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