NOV 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Load Of Old Cobbles Form Pathway To Past
old cobblestones will be laid in a Coventry road tomorrow to bring
back the feeling of 600 years of the street’s history.
will use traditional skills from the past to lay the granite setts,
or cobblestones in Whitefriars Lane.
on the lane, which led to the Whitefriars monastery in the 14th
century, will start outside the Toy Museum, and will involve
laying more than 27,000 setts.
have been reclaimed form the old lane itself, and some were also
taken from the Lower Precinct before redevelopment work started
feature of some of the original setts from the lane is their
irregular shape, which is unique in Coventry roadways.
indicates that they may have come from a local riverbed, rather
than a quarry as is usually the case.
Dave Batten, cabinet member (Development and Renewal), said:
particular lane is very important to our city.
It was the lane that led to Whitefriars monastery in the
late 14th Century and we are very keen to improve and maintain
its rich history.
work together with the recently completed pocket park will have
improved yet another area of the city centre."
estimated cost of the work is £78,000 and is being funded by an
Advantage West Midlands grant of £57,000 with the rest being made
up by Coventry City Council.
It will be completed by 18 December when the lane will be
re opened for pedestrian use only.
work is being carried out by local contractor Star Civil
Engineering and DJK Paving from Bonny Bridge who have over 35
years experience in the laying the setts.