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Midland Red
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16 of 130  Tue 7th Feb 2017 9:03am  
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This report today suggests that there could be remains of a mediaeval tower Oh my It also acknowledges that only TWO gates remain Thumbs up
On 4th Feb 2017 7:17pm, flapdoodle said: I wandered up to the section that's used by Pargetters today. There's a strange paved square there with a monument on it.
Do you mean this watch tower? Thumbs up
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Midland Red
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17 of 130  Mon 27th Feb 2017 11:03am  
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Swanswell Gate - c1900 and 2010 Thumbs up
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Midland Red
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18 of 130  Mon 27th Feb 2017 11:21am  
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Cook Street Gate - c1900 and 2004 Thumbs up
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Midland Red
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19 of 130  Mon 27th Feb 2017 11:28am  
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Cook Street Gate - c1900 and 2010 Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
20 of 130  Mon 27th Feb 2017 11:31am  
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NeilsYard
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21 of 130  Tue 28th Feb 2017 3:59pm  
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Agreed - great shots Cliff Thumbs up
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coventry49
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22 of 130  Tue 28th Feb 2017 5:06pm  
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I wonder who decided to add the castellated tops?
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Helen F
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23 of 130  Tue 28th Feb 2017 5:37pm  
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In the 21st century, they probably wouldn't re-crenellate them but at the time it wasn't considered wrong to try and repair things to an earlier appearance. They weren't repaired to the exact original style but the work probably protected them from further deterioration. It seems to have coincided with the creation of the Lady Herbert garden. Whether it was to protect them or to make them look more romantic I don't know.
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Annewiggy
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24 of 130  Tue 28th Feb 2017 8:15pm  
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Looking through the newspaper archives again there are 1914 pictures with no battlements on Cook Street Gate, and a 1934 picture with them. I did find an article though in a 1918 Coventry Standard which discusses the battlements and they mention a sepia drawing from the end of the 17th century which shows it with battlements.
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Midland Red
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25 of 130  Tue 28th Feb 2017 8:35pm  
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On this page, Rob states " . . . looking at the top of both of these gates, you may notice that the battlements have been added in recent times. This was done around 1931-32 when a second session of restoration took place and the gardens were built. Photographs from 1910 show Cook Street gate with a flat open top, whilst Swanswell gate had a sloping "house-like" roof where it had been used, firstly as a cottage, and then a shop in the 1800s."
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Midland Red
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26 of 130  Thu 9th Mar 2017 5:54pm  
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On 3rd Feb 2017 6:51pm, NeilsYard said: Looks like part of the city wall has been uncovered whilst they dig up Cox Street car park! - Telegraph
Managed to photograph it today Thumbs up
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Dreamtime
27 of 130  Fri 10th Mar 2017 3:48am  
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NeilsYard
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28 of 130  Fri 1st Sep 2017 10:10pm  
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Rob and all - after perusing your great City Wall guide on the site I've realised that theres several areas of the City Wall that are still present that I've not really got close to before. As we approach Autumn - does anyone else fancy doing a tour 'walk' of whats left following Robs guide?
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Helen F
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29 of 130  Wed 6th Sep 2017 9:23pm  
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City Wall Tour There's an organised tour tomorrow and Friday for the Heritage. It a pre book so it might be a bit late to join.
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Midland Red
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30 of 130  Wed 1st Nov 2017 7:15pm  
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