Posted in Architecture, Warwickshire

8 Reasons Why Archtrove Travels To Coventry

Coventry is home to three cathedrals and a naked Lady Godiva riding through the streets. It is the second largest city after Birmingham in the West Midlands. Usually it gets overlooked due to its post war look and and industrial feel. Although, this has made it a hub for motor companies. Most of Coventry was destroyed during World War II.

Now that’s changing, with Coventry being made the 2021 City of Culture.


The current Coventry Cathedral was built after the 14th-century cathedral church of Saint Michael was destroyed by the Luftwaffe in the Coventry Blitz of 14 November 1940., leaving only the outer walls and spire. This makes it one of the newest Cathedrale’s in England.



Another visitor attraction in the city centre is the free-to-enter Coventry Transport Museum, which has the largest collection of British-made road vehicles in the world. The museum received a refurbishment in 2004 which included the creation of a new entrance as part of the city’s Phoenix Initiative project.



The £5 million Fargo Village creative quarter shopping precinct was open in 2014 on Far Gosford Street. Since then it has become a hipster, millennial HQ in Coventry! With its industrial and artsy look with graffiti on the way and full of independent businesses. Each business gives a different look architecturally making it a beautiful aesthetic site




The church dates from the 12th century and is the only Medieval church in Coventry that is still complete.



The Old Blue Coat School is a unique and historic building nestling between Priory Row and the new Phoenix Initiative in Coventry city centre. The current building dates from 1856, the actual school having been founded as the first Charity School for girls in Coventry in 1714.



In Spon Street, one of the most historic areas in Coventry, a terrace of six cottages built in 1455 has been brought back to life. One of the cottages has been restored to show how it would have looked in 1540. This shows how John Croke, a Coventry narrow-loom weaver and his family would have lived and worked. At the back of the Weaver’s House is a medieval garden showing the plants that would have been grown for food, flavouring, medicine and household use.


Of the original twelve city gates, only two remain, Cook Street Gate and Swanswell Gate, also known in times gone by as Priory gate.



Coventry has many univeristy buildings scattered in the city centre. Some accomodation, some academic, some modern, some dated.


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Archtrove Travels To Coughton Court – NT find

The house has a long crenelated façade directly facing the main road, at the centre of which is the Tudor Gatehouse, dating from 1530; this has hexagonal turrets and oriel windows in the English Renaissance style. The gatehouse is the oldest part of the house and is flanked by later wings, in the Strawberry Hill Gothic style, popularised by Horace Walpole.

What Need to Know About ….. Coughton Court, Warwickshire

  • The Coughton estate has been owned by the Throckmorton family since 1409. The estate was acquired through marriage to the De Spinney family. Coughton was rebuilt by Sir George Throckmorton, the first son of Sir Robert Throckmorton of Coughton Court by Catherine Marrow, daughter of William Marrow of London.
  • The great gatehouse at Coughton was dedicated to King Henry VIII by Throckmorton, a favorite of the King. Throckmorton would become notorious due to his almost fatal involvement in the divorce between King Henry and his first wife Catherine of Aragon.
  • Throckmorton favoured the queen and was against the Reformation. Throckmorton spent most of his life rebuilding Coughton. In 1549, when he was planning the windows in the great hall, he asked his son Nicholas to obtain from the heralds the correct tricking (colour abbreviations) of the arms of his ancestors’ wives and his own cousin and niece by marriage Queen Catherine Parr.
  • The costly recusancy (refusal to attend Anglican Church services) of Robert Throckmorton and his heirs restricted later rebuilding, so that much of the house still stands largely as he left it.
  • The gatehouse at Coughton was built at the earliest in 1536, as it is built of stones which came from Bordesley Abbey and Evesham Abbey after the Dissolution of the Monasteries Act in 1536. Similar to other Tudor houses, it was built around a courtyard, with the gatehouse used for deliveries and coaches to travel through to the courtyard. The courtyard was completely closed in on all four sides by around 1651, when during the English Civil War of 1642-1651, the fourth wing (what would be the east wing if it stood today) was burnt by Parliamentary soldiers, along with many of the Throckmorton’s family papers. After the Roman Catholic Relief Act was passed in 1829, the Throckmorton family were able to afford large-scale building works, so the west front was remodelled after 1829.
  • The house was used as a filming location for Father Brown (2013 TV series) in the episode The Mask of the Demon.

Location of Coughton Court

Coughton Court is an English Tudor country house, situated on the main road between Studley and Alcester in Warwickshire. It is a Grade I listed building.

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Posted in Warwickshire

Archtrove travels to Solihull

Architecture in Solihull

Solihull is a town in the West Midlands of England, historically in Warwickshire, it is a part of the West Midlands conurbation. The motto of Solihull is Urbs in Rure (Town in Country). The architecture in Solihull is most commonly noted for its historic architecture, includes examples of timber-framed Tudor style houses and shops. The historic Solihull School dates from 1560 as does St Alphege. Other notable buildings include Touchwood Shopping Centre, Resort World, NEC and Birmingham International Airport. 

The History of Architecture in Solihull

Barn – designed by Sir John Soane in his early days. Although known for designed complex elaborate buildings, this barn is simple red-brick with influences from Greece. Malvern Hall – now part of St Martins School, was also designed by prominent architect Sir John Soane

Modern Architecture in Solihull

Recently designed are Resort World, situated next to a lake, Genting Arena and National Exhibition Centre an entertainment complex with the largest casino in Britain, shops, cinema and dining facilities, loosely based on a cruise liner.

A Short Drive from Solihull

Not far from Solihull are plenty of country hotels, national trust properties. Embedded in the countryside, their picturesque buildings provide stunning views. Also the small town of Henley-In-Arden, comprising of a small high street.


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Posted in Birmingham

Library of Birmingham, Birmingham – the cities jewels

The Library of Birmingham is the largest public library in Europe, designed by Dutch studio Mecanoo, including a circular courtyard, rooftop gardens and a facade clad with interlocking metal rings coloured in silver and gold. The library itself is used by users of all backgrounds and ages, connecting Birmingham.It provides a cafe, reading space, chill zones and nature spots.

What Need to Know About ….. The Library of  Birmingham, Birmingham


  • The building itself is made up of four rectangular masses, staggered to create canopies and terraces. The external facade compromises of overlapping metal rings, over gold, silver and glass. These rings can be seen from the third floor.
  • A gently sloping floor leads visitors down to one level and then to another, where the children’s library and music section at the base of the building is. Here a circular courtyard allowing people to view the world sits.
  • There are three main floors that branch out from the staggered centre of the building, rows of bookshelves and study spaces. Then the archives and research spaces occupy the levels above, while an oval space at the top of the structure houses the Shakespeare Memorial Room. Overlooking these top two levels are plant-filled terraces creating spaces for visitors to read and study outside.

Location of The Library of Birmingham

It is situated in Centenary Square, beside the Birmingham Rep, to which it connects, and Baskerville House. The construction of this building began the start of the cities much-needed redevelopment. 



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Archtrove travels to Stratford-Upon-Avon – the tudors and shakespeare

Architecture in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Comprising of a small market town in Warwickshire located on the beautifully peaceful River Avon. Stratford-Upon-Avon was originally a village and later gained its market town status. Resulting in trade and commerce as well as urban expansion. The town is a popular tourist destination owing to its status as birthplace of English playwright and poet William Shakespeare.

However, it is so much more, its charm is the town itself with its quaint shops and traditional English feel. Its timber framed, black and white, Tudor buildings are peppered throughout the town, some dating back hundreds of year.

History of Stratford-Upon-Avon

Many of the town’s earliest and most important buildings are located along what is known as Stratford’s Historic Spine, which was once the main route from the town centre to the parish church. The route of the Historic Spine begins at Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Henley Street and finishes in Old Town. Along the way it passes many Elibethean buildings, as well as the Guild buildings and the 13th century Holy Trinity Church, of which Shakespeare is buried.

Theatres of Stratford-Upon-Avon

The first real theatre in Stratford was a temporary wooden affair built in 1769, the theatre, this was washed away in two days of torrential rain and flooding.

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth in 1864 the Tercentenary Theatre, was built in the brewer’s large gardens on what is today the site of the new, Courtyard Theatre. After three months the Tercentenary Theatre was dismantled, with the timber used for house-building purposes.

An architectural competition was arranged to design for a new theatre, with the winner, English architect Elisabeth Scott, creating the Royal Shakespeare Theatre we see on the riverside today.



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Buildings to Visit

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Posted in Birmingham, England, Warwickshire

Archtrove travels to Warwickshire – rolling hills and market towns

Architecture in Warwickshire

Warwickshire, a landlocked county in West Midlands, known for its rolling hills and market towns. However, it is most notably know for being the birthplace of William Shakespeare and the major draw for tourists from across the globe. Equally famous is the impressive Warwick Castle known for its history and majestic cliff top views.

History of Warwickshire

Warwickshire came into being as a division of the kingdom of Mercia in the early 11th century. During the Middle Ages Warwickshire was dominated by Coventry, which was at the time one of the most important cities in England due to its textiles trade in the heart of England. Warwickshire played a key part in the English Civil War, with the Battle of Edgehill. During the Industrial Revolution Warwickshire became one of Britain’s foremost industrial counties, with the large industrial cities of Birmingham and Coventry within its boundaries.

Towns in Warwickshire

There are many market towns of Warwickshire, in the north and east, the industrial towns of Atherstone, Bedworth, with Nuneaton, and Rugby (birthplace of Rugby Football) the most famous of them. 

Other towns include Stratford-Upon-Avon – home of Shakespeare, Royal Lemington Spa –  a beautiful and prosperous town with large natural springs and examples of  Regency architecture, Kenilworth –  atmospheric castle ruins, Coventry – two extraordinary cathedrals and an unmissable motoring museum. Warwick is the county town and is most famous for its castle and old-school charm.


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