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Report - Godiva Clock, Coventry City Centre

Discussion in 'Other Sites' started by dweeb, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. dweeb

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    Coventry once had a fine clock tower. It's movement was made by a famous local clock maker, during a time when Coventry was known the world over for it's timepieces. He said he would give the city one pound for every second the clock lost... and never paid a penny.

    The tower was damaged during the raids of 1941, but the movement had been put into safekeeping and was saved. The clockless tower survived into the 50's but was demolished. Coventry was then blessed with a new clock for it's centre. The old mechanism and bell were encorporated into the new clock, and it has a mechanical Lady Godiva and Peeping Tom that come out on the hour. It is a fine 50's timepiece that has aged well, and is much loved by the citizens of Coventry.

    I myself have often looked up at the clock, seeing it every time I was late for the train and had to get the bus to college. It looks good when your running at 5 past 9!!

    The clock and building are being repaired, and has scaffolding to the roof. Quick look at the clock and then took in the views of the city... a top night!

    Sadly, the doors to Godiva and Tom were locked! :(





    The doors Godiva comes out of... sadly closed :(

    The bell, saved from the pre war clock tower.

    The centre, with the godiva statue under the tent thing. Primark looks superb after it's restoration from the former Allders dept store. It is a fine 50's building that looks great after it's facelift


    Two of Coventry's famous three spires poke up from the wall of the roof

    The spire, in all it's glory
    #1 dweeb, Mar 13, 2007
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