JAN 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Time Team Returns To Film 13th Century Find
Robinson and the Time Team crew have returned to Coventry to see
some of the amazing new finds in the archaeological dig around
Lady Godiva’s demolished cathedral.
stunningly preserved undercroft added by Benedictine monks to Lady
Godiva’s priory in the 13th century has been found.
AND MICK ASTON DISCUSS THE FINDS
the huge building was the only cathedral to be demolished by Henry
VIII when he dissolved the monasteries, the cellars survived.
the main cathedral was demolished the rubble was thrown down the
hill and into the cellars, which acted as skips.
work on the area was carried out once the John F Kennedy house was
demolished as part of the Phoenix Initiative.
results were so stunning that city conservation officer George
Demidowicz invited Time Team back to take a second look at the
THE DIG SHOWING
THE TOP OF ONE OF THE ARCHES OF THE UNDERCROFT
extra 20 minutes of footage has been shot by Tony Robinson, Mick
Aston and Phil Harding to be edited into the original programme
broadcast last year.
is hoped that it will be shown as an additional programme at the
end of the current series.
Robinson, who fronts the Channel Four programme, said he was
amazed at the latest findings.
don’t think anyone dreamed that we would find archaeology so
is the most important cathedral site to have been dug in the
last quarter of a century.
not only wanted to come back out of curiosity we felt we had a
responsibility to show the viewers what has been found.”
knew the site would be good but it had also been completely
demolished by Henry VIII in his fury. But he wasn’t furious
enough and it’s amazing to see what has survived.”
return visit follows an unprecedented first trip to Coventry,
where the strict three-day rule was broken because of an exciting
were here for three days but it was so exciting – we
discovered a body at the end of the third day and had to stay to
find out more about it.
in total we’ve been here for seven days which is a record.
We’ve only been back to one other site, the largest Roman
villa ever uncovered.
would say this ranks among the top three sites we’ve ever
added that he thought it was excellent that the site is still
being developed and that the plans will allow the public to see
some of the archaeology:
of the great bits is that there are people still building on the
site. There’s new archaeology be created and the story isn’t
building is going to be a multi-faith building, and I think
it’s intriguing that it’s still being used as a religious