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LesMac
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1 of 22  Sat 20th Oct 2012 2:23pm  
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Elsewhere on this forum someone recently mentioned Swanswell Gate. Is it a gate? I know it's a very long time ago but at school we were taught that it was a defence tower and not a gate. Les
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Foxcote
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2 of 22  Sat 20th Oct 2012 3:33pm  
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I just had a look about the Swanswell Gate, cos I didn't know much, but this may help. The Coventry Gates I expect someone more knowledgable than me will go into more detail. Thumbs up
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Midland Red
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3 of 22  Sat 20th Oct 2012 4:23pm  
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Also see Rob's page on the HC site
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NeilsYard
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4 of 22  Fri 3rd Feb 2017 6:51pm  
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Looks like part of the city wall has been uncovered whilst they dig up Cox Street car park! - Telegraph
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Helen F
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5 of 22  Fri 3rd Feb 2017 11:22pm  
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It's hard to tell from the photos but by the look of it they've found the stretch to the north of the river that then turned left to head towards the Hales Street gate. Basically they're two parts of the Pool Meadow wall. They need to widen the corner to look for the tower base. Edited by member, 4th Feb 2017 12:05 am
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flapdoodle
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6 of 22  Sat 4th Feb 2017 7:17pm  
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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
No surprise there, there are probably foundations everywhere. A lot was dug up in the past and reburied to preserve it. When they were building the ring road they kept coming across old walls that they considered to be a hindrance. Did they find some when they dug up at the back of the Belgrade theatre as well? I wandered up to the section that's used by Pargetters today. There's a strange paved square there with a monument on it. There's apparently a Roman road in that area as well.

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Midland Red
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7 of 22  Sun 5th Feb 2017 10:00pm  
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Somebody tell the Telegraph that Whitefriars Gate was not part of the city wall Angry
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Midland Red
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8 of 22  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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9 of 22  Mon 27th Feb 2017 11:03am  
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Swanswell Gate - c1900 and 2010 Thumbs up
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10 of 22  Mon 27th Feb 2017 11:21am  
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Cook Street Gate - c1900 and 2004 Thumbs up
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11 of 22  Mon 27th Feb 2017 11:28am  
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Cook Street Gate - c1900 and 2010 Thumbs up
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PhilipInCoventry
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12 of 22  Mon 27th Feb 2017 11:31am  
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NeilsYard
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13 of 22  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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14 of 22  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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15 of 22  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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