Coventrians (Coventry residents) are proud of their city, which is the ninth largest city in England. Coventry is rich in industrial history and manufacturing. Coventry’s history began with a Benedictine monastery during the 11th century by Earl of Mercia and his famous wife, Lady Godiva. During the industrial revolution, Coventry became a major centre for the production of textile. It later became known as a manufacturer of fine watches and clocks.
During the 20th Century,Coventry’s industry was centred around the manufacturing of bikes, then automobiles until the 1970’s. Jaguar is still a presence here, as well as Peugeot. During WWI, Coventry was bombed quite heavily, destroying most of the city.
Coventry’s industries today include: automobiles, tools for machinery, electronics equipment, agricultural machinery, man-made fibre making plants, aerospace components and telecommunications equipment. Recent years have seen the city undergo major renovations to include modern architectural buildings, along side of medieval architecture.
Coventry invites visitors and its residents, to wonderful shopping experiences, fun pubs and bars, sport centres, theatre productions, musical events, fabulous food and unique art works. Coventry companies like Jaguar and Modec (general contractors in engineering and construction systems), have received financial support from Grants for Business Investment, to help keep its economy in competition with other UK cities.
Coventry has become an international university city, housing the University of Warwick at Coventry and The Coventry University. The University of Warwick was founded in the 1960’s and has grown to become one of the better schools of business and is recognised internationally for its engineering and computing research.
Coventry also has a national and international school for arts and design, and is well known for its research in health and life sciences. The University of Warwick in Coventry is one of the UK’s leading universities with an award winning reputation for its excellence in research and teaching, for innovation in business and science industries. This beautifully self-contained University is home to students and staff from over 120 different countries and cultures. The University of Warwick also houses the Warwick Arts Centre and the University Sports Centre. The University is built on a large 700 acre campus which is located between the City of Coventry and the County of Warwickshire.
The University of Coventry is built on a 33 acre campus in the heart of Coventry. The campus buildings and its landscapes are continually being developed. Its growth and construction include a new Student Enterprise Centre, a modern tech faculty building for engineering and computing science. The University of Coventry is totally Wi-Fi enabled, containing a large student centre, a graduate centre for post graduates, Coventry University Technology Park which houses the Techno Centre that focuses on training and business opportunities. In addition, there is the Enterprise Centre for small and medium sized businesses, and the Coventry and Warwickshire Technology Institute which works with the Sector Skills Councils and companies to address skill shortages and advanced technology.
Coventry’s Sector Skills Councils is working with educational institutes throughout Coventry and Warwickshire and the general work force, to find working funds for the business and marketing sectors, to provide a competitive and better skilled work force for the UK’s economy and employment future. Presently, Coventry’s economy has greatly recovered and is growing.
Coventry is a city which has a younger population than the UK’s average trend, where one in ten people are between the ages of 20 and 24. Coventry has not experienced a troublesome recession as in the other parts of the West Midlands. Plans have been put in place to redevelop the city centre, which will strengthen Coventry’s local economy.
Coventry’s most prominent landmark is St. Michael’s Cathedral. St. Michael’s Cathedral was built between the 14th and 15th centuries. Much of it was destroyed during the bombing in 1940, but now stands as a modern awe inspiring cathedral.
Another structure that was built during the 14th century is the St. March Guildhall, with its massive and impressive tapestries. It holds the Mary Queen of Scots Room, in honour of this Scottish Queen, who was imprisoned in its halls in 1569. Other major attractions include the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, the reconstructed Roman Lunt Fort, Midland Air Museum and the Belgrade Theatre.