Home Home


Search this site:
Arts School, Ford Street
Bishop Street Post Office
Bishop Street, looking north
Bishop Street, looking south
Blue Coat School & ruins
Broadgate from Hertford Street
Broadgate from Holy Trinity Church
Burges from Bishop Street
Burges from Cross Cheaping
Burton's in Blitzed Broadgate
Butcher Row, Great
Butcher Row, Little
Cheylesmore Manor House
Coat of Arms Bridge
Cook Street gate
Council House
Cox Street
Far Gosford Street
Fire Station, Hales Street
Fleet Street
Ford's Hospital
Golden Cross & Pepper Lane
Greyfriars Lane
The Grove
Guildhall & 22 Bayley Lane
Hales Street
Hales Street to Corporation Street
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Hertford Street
Hertford Street from Broadgate
High Street aerial view
High Street from Broadgate
High Street from Earl Street
Hill Street, Bablake & Bond's
Hippodrome, New
Hippodrome, Old
Humber Motor Works
Ironmonger Row
Jordan Well & Earl Street
Jordan Well & Gosford Street
Kenilworth Road
Leamington Road
Much Park Street
Naul's Mill Park
Old Rope Walk
Opera House, Hales Street
Palace Yard
Pool Meadow from Priory Street
Precinct & Old Coventry aerial view
Precinct, upper
Precinct, west view
Priory Row
Priory Street, lower end
Priory Street, upper end
Queen Victoria Road flood of 1900
Railway Station - the platform
Railway Station, Eaton Road
Smithford Way
Spon End arches
Spon Street flood of 1900
St. John's Church, Fleet Street
St. Michael's Avenue
St. Michael's ruins
St. Michael's spire from Pepper Lane
Stoke Green & Pool
Swanswell Gate
Swanswell Pool
Swimming Baths, Priory Street
Trinity Church
Trinity Lane & the Free Library
Trinity Lane from Priory Row
Trinity Street aerial view
Trinity Street from Broadgate
Trinity Street from Hales Street
War Memorial Park
Warwick Road
Warwick Row, Hertford St & Warwick Lane
Well Street from Hales Street
West Orchard
Wheatley Street Schools

Coat of Arms Bridge

Camera No. 75
Camera No. 76

This peaceful scene is of a bridge built in 1844 and popularly known as the Coat of Arms Bridge. The reason for the name originated four years previously when, in 1840, the London and Birmingham Railway company announced plans to build a branch line which would pass through the grounds of several Stivichall land owners. After opposition by many locals Mr. A. F. Gregory finally agreed, in 1842, to sell the required amount of his land to the railway company, but stipulated that he have his family's coat of arms displayed on the bridge.

Clicking the photo will alternately fade between images of the bridge in 1910 and 2004.

if you wish to see the two images separately.

The scene today is still extremely pleasant and has remained quite rural, despite being within the boundary of urban Coventry, although the modern galvanised fencing and tarmac road do detract slightly from the more rural appearance of a century earlier.

Below is a 1933 postcard depicting the monument to the Gregory family opposite the smithy's cottage in the appropriately named Coat of Arms Bridge Road. It's an urban view that I believe is quite unrivalled for beauty anywhere in Coventry.

Clicking on the image will reveal this relatively unspoiled road in 2022.  if you wish to see the two images separately.

In 2007 I had the privilege of being asked by the Coventry Times newspaper to write an article about Coat of Arms Bridge. I've included it here in case you'd like to read more details. 

If you'd like to read the memories of a young girl walking along here on her way to school, please click here for the Your Memories page.

Associated pages....
Home | How this site began | Bibliography | About me | My music | Discussion Forum | Steve's website | Historic Stoke, Coventry | Orland family website
Top of the page

Website by Rob Orland © 2002 to 2024