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Trinity Lane & the Free Library

Camera No. 26
Trinity Lane

We're now in Trinity Lane looking towards Lychgate cottages. The larger half-timbered building on the left is a relatively modern construction, begun in 1938, that replaces an old corner house and shop. Now Witherspoons, it was for many years known as Timothy White's, the chemist. To its right stand numbers 3, 4 and 5 Priory Row (number 5 is just out of shot on the right) which once formed Lychgate House. Lych gate, the entrance referred to, can still be seen further up Priory Row. (See below.) A little more information about these cottages can be found on one of my "Historic Tour" pages.

if you wish to see the two photos and the etching separately.

With your mouse cursor over the photograph, the most striking change is the row of buildings which used to exist on the left of this picture, taken from a postcard around 1910. What we see here is the rear of the premises that formed the east side of Butcher Row which was demolished for the building of Trinity Street, part of which is visible on the left of the 2003 photo.


A lady named Sue Howse from Northampton has kindly sent me an image of an old etching made many years ago, and which hangs upon her wall. If you press your left button over the image, you will see this lovely old picture, which is looking from a similar angle to the photograph. The artist, J. Lewis Stant, kept remarkably close in detail to the actual scene.

Try this link to see more of Butcher Row and Trinity Street.



The Free Library

From the same spot as above, you can turn to your right and see the little lane running alongside Trinity church, towards Coventry Cross and St. Michael's. On the right of the photo are the flats built into the side of the Cathedral Lanes shopping centre.

Clicking the picture on the right will fade back to the view seen in the early 1900s.

Prior to the shopping centre being built in 1990, for around one century had stood the Free Library. Formerly the main central library for Coventry, it was founded by the generosity of former Mayor, John Gulson, in 1873. In 1890 Gulson further endowed it with enough money to add a reference library to the building.
Although badly damaged in the 1940 bombing, it was partially restored and continued to be used long after the war.

if you wish to see the images separately.



 
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