Sent to Coventry
Another book in the series from ‘The Women’s Research Group’.
This book recalls the memories of many Coventry people about the years following WWII, and how they saw the area evolve into the City we know today. An excellent recap of the people and places of Coventry.
This book looks at the recovery of the city after the dark days of the Second World War, detailing the progress made to rebuild Coventry after it’s ‘Coventration’ by the Germans in the Blitz on 14th November 1940. In the years following, this the city became something of a boom town with motor, ancillary, and allied industries attracting people from across the World, though some had fled their own countries as refugees from the conflicts there, to live and work safely and build a future for themselves.
The article on Hostels outlines how some of those people who came here after the war, lived as they were re-settled. It meant massive rebuilding of our city, to replace the damage and cope with the incomers. Some temporary buildings and shops remained for a long time. A lot of the rebuilding was innovative, and Coventry had the first ever pedestrian precincts for the safety of it’s citizens.
In a twist of the expression ‘Sent To Coventry’ when soldier prisoners from the Civil War were ostracised and ignored, this book details how Coventry welcomed people, who in turn were delighted they came here. They have added to the rich culture that is Coventry today.