77 years af­ter The Blitz... then and now

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By DUN­CAN GIB­BONS News Ed­i­tor news@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

TO­DAY marks the 77th an­niver­sary of the Coven­try Blitz.

Walk­ing through the city cen­tre to­day it’s dif­fi­cult to imag­ine the full de­struc­tive hor­ror of the bomb­ing.

The ru­ined medieval cathe­dral is prob­a­bly the only tan­gi­ble re­minder of what hap­pened in Novem­ber 1940 and April 1941.

But dig­i­tally blend­ing war­time photos with the street scenes as they are to­day brings home the true hor­ror of what the city en­dured, and how times have changed.

Per­haps the most strik­ing is the view across the city cen­tre from the tower of St John’s Church, in Fleet Street.

Stand­ing in the same place nearly eight decades later and the city is un­recog­nis­able, save for the spires of St Michael’s and Holy Trin­ity in the dis­tance, which still stand proud.

Gone is the market tower which stood in what is now the pedes­tri­anised precinct, near where the foun­tain can be found to­day.

How­ever, one land­mark which re­mains is the bank on the corner of High Street and Hert­ford Street which can be seen in the top right, al­beit with the now long-gone Smith­ford Street run­ning by.

Our other photos show con­trast­ing scenes in Greyfri­ars Green, the ru­ined cathe­dral church of St Michael’s, St Mary’s Street where the po­lice sta­tion took a di­rect hit and King Henry VIII School which was hit by in­cen­di­ary bombs.

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