Coventry’s Council House is one of the most recognisable and historically important buildings in Coventry. This website offers a history of this grand municipal building. In particular, the website details key moments during the building of the Council House, and the controversy surrounding its construction. The disputes which arose regarding the decoration of the Council House during its construction are also highlighted. Moreover, the website places the building of Coventry’s Council House within the context of the growth of local government in Britain during the late 19th and early 20th century.

The creators of this website would like to thank the Herbert History Centre, Coventry History CentreCoventry City Council, Coventry University and Dr. Andrew Smith for their assistance in our research for this website.

Below is a brief introductory video.

Colour photos taken by Daniel Fellows

Black and white images provided by the Coventry History Centre

Music available from the Free Music Archive: Aux puces nº2 – Carosello by Circus Marcus



5 responses to “Home

  1. Gareth Lewis - Media Co-ordinator - Coventry City Council

    This is really interesting. Great pics of the place I work in being built

  2. I didn’t know the history of Coventry’s Council House building until I saw your video – normally I am outside the building protesting, it was nice to look at the beauty of it’s creation! Well done.

  3. Geraldine Hammersley

    Geraldine Hammersley

    A fascinating insight. I would be interested to know what, if any, opposition there was to the hideous 1976 addition and how the council got away with spoiling the original building. Was there much debate about this in the local press?

  4. Kate Phillips

    Really interesting!

  5. Stefan Spalatelu

    A great insight into one of Coventry’s most important buildings. As a politics student, I have enjoyed the lecture and have deemed it to be more than helpful. You have a done a splendid job! Congrats!

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