FEB 01] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Names And Faces of Coventry's Past Uncovered
medieval mystery has been uncovered deep under Coventry city
centre as archaeologists try to put some names and faces to the
tonnes of souvenirs and artefacts revealing the grandeur and
importance of medieval Coventry have stored from the
archaeological dig in the city centre.
ONE OF THE
"STOPS" FOUND IN THE DIG, AND (BELOW) ONE OF THE
MYSTERIOUS FACES OF THE PARK
are almost blasé about new finds, which would have Mick Aston and
his merry bunch of Time Team diggers leaping around in a frenzy of
delight on Channel Four’s programme.
it isn’t just objects that are being dug up, but glimpses into
the lives of the people who lived in the city in the 14th century.
the cathedral and monastery built originally by Lady Godiva, and
expanded, and the parish church of Holy Trinity and the growing
church of St Michael’s next to one another, the city was an
important religious centre.
would come to Coventry from all over the world, and approach the
Benedictine Priory down Palmers Way.
a tiny little side street linking Trinity Street and Burges, it
was part of Coventry’s intricate network of lanes, similar to
the Shambles in York.
was perhaps one of these pilgrims who has give archaeologist
Margaret Rylatt her latest detective mystery.
of the hundreds of medieval floor tiles has a name on it –
Walter Jacks. There is no record of a man of this name living in
Coventry – so who was he.
must have done something important to have had his name on the
tile. We’ve no idea who he is, but he must have been a
together the scant pieces of a jigsaw that could lead to a
discovery about how someone lived, or what they were doing in
Coventry is the endearing part of the challenge for
well as the mysterious Walter Jacks, there are unknown faces to
investigate, immortalised in stops on the walls of the old
are obviously important religious figures, such as cardinals, but
there is a variety of faces.
are different characters. You can distinguish between one being
a monk and another cardinal, but we don’t know who they
and brushes have largely been dispensed with for a project this
scale, as diggers have been used for the vast excavations carried
out as part of the Phoenix Initiative.
will be able to see some of the remains of the cathedral once the
work is completed as the new visitor centre at JFK house will be
built on stilts – allowing people to walk straight into the
the detective work will continue.
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