SEP 00] HERITAGE OPEN DAYS FACTFILE
Scan The City Skyline For Free
to this year’s Heritage Open Days in Coventry will be able to get an
inside glimpse of one of the most striking parts of the city skylines
tower of the old cathedral will be open for free trips.
VISITORS CAN GO UP THE TOWER FOR FREE
of the three spires that has helped make Coventry famous, it is one of
the highest towers in the country, standing at 295 ft.
survived the Nazi bombing raid of November 1940 and was retained by
the church authorities after the war.
the competition to re-build the cathedral was set up, many parts of
the ruins were left in the hands of the architects and designers.
the authorities insisted that the tower must remain.
Spence’s winning designs chose to use the available land stemming
out of the side of the ruined cathedral.
grand tower was the crowning glory of what was one of the largest
parish churches in Britain before it became a cathedral.
Michael’s church was founded in the 12th century by the Earl of
Chester. In those days it took a much smaller form, and evolved
throughout the ages.
tower was not completed until much later. The lower section dates from
1373-94, and the spire was added in 1432.
spire, which was the scene of a daring tightrope walk on new Year’s
Eve last year to mark the millennium, is 136 feet high.