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Filename: cc47_02918.jpg

Size: 4085 x 5055 (9.3MB)

Date: 13th June 2016

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: images.historicenglandservices.org.uk

Job Title: Photographer

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Coventry Cathedral CC47_02918

Cathedral Church Of St Michael, Bailey Lane, Coventry. The shell of the old Cathedral viewed from the south east with a basement exposed beneath derelict ground at the corner of Bailey Lane and Priory Street. Motor cars are parked on the street. Photographed in April 1946 by James Nelson for the National Buildings Record

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Blitz Cathedral Ruin


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> Towns and Cities > Coventry


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph, taken by James Nelson for the National Buildings Record in April 1946, captures the haunting beauty of Coventry Cathedral in ruins. The Cathedral Church of St Michael, located in Bailey Lane, stands as a poignant reminder of the devastation caused by the relentless bombing raids during World War II. The image is viewed from the south east, with the exposed basement beneath the derelict ground at the corner of Bailey Lane and Priory Street. The shell of the old cathedral, once a magnificent Gothic structure, now lies in ruins, its once soaring spires and intricate stonework reduced to rubble. The image is further enhanced by the contrast between the ancient ruins and the modern world creeping in, with motor cars parked on the street, a stark reminder of the passage of time and the relentless march of progress. The blitz, a pivotal moment in Coventry's history, left the city and its people scarred, but also united in the determination to rebuild and restore. This photograph serves as a poignant testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of hope in the face of adversity.

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