One of the largest cities in the United Kingdom, 12th in particular; Coventry is the most central city in the whole of England.
Through the years, with a population of 360,100 Coventry has become a major participant in the industrial base of the United Kingdom with its motor companies dominant in the UK.
It is home to two universities: Coventry University and the University of Warwick giving it a significant amount of student population.
Coventry has a lot of history dating back to its early occupation by the Roman empire. It started as a settlement for the expanding Romans and a nunnery was built alongside the settlement. It was later brought to ruins by an invading Danish army.
The ruins were built upon by Leofric of Mercia and his wife into a monastery. A market had stated around its gates and slowly, Coventry became a settlement for the English.
In the 14th century, Coventry became a thriving center of cloth trade and became on of the most important towns in England. It eventually became a county in its own right in 1451 after claiming the status of a city and granted a Charter of Incorporation in 1345.
Following a decline in its Watch and Clock trade in the 18th century, Coventry became a thriving place for bicycles and in the 19th and 20th century for cars, motorcycles and even airplanes and has retained its status as a major industrial city in the United Kingdom.
Coventry is administered by Coventry City Council, controlled since 2010 by the Labor Party, and led since 2016 by George Duggins. The city is divided up into 18 Wards each with three councilors. The chairman of the council is the Lord Mayor, who has a casting vote.
Landmarks and Tourist attractions:
St Michael’s Cathedral is the best known of all Coventry’s tourist attractions with its old structure bombed by the Germans in World War II. Its new structure was built alongside the old. The cathedral has made Coventry one of Europe’s major cities of peace and reconciliation with an annual Peace Month celebration.
Other attractions are Coventry City Farm, Herbert art gallery and museum and Coventry Transport Museum among others.
Being an industrial base, Coventry main industries include cars, electronic equipment, telecommunications equipment, man-made fibers and aerospace components.
Although its car industries have declined almost to the point of extinction, in the recent years, the industrial components have moved towards business, scientific research and leisurely centered business activities.
Coventry is an active participant of various sports with sport teams spanning major activities like football with Coventry City FC as their only professional football club, ice hockey, field hockey, rugby, athletics and racing of which most prominent are the Speedway and Stock car racing.
Though compared to most cities, Coventry seems to have an average nightlife. Its nightlife is cool as pubs are bars like Kabash, Skydome, The Phoenix, Rainbows and Rosie Malones are available all week for hanging out and relaxation.
It is also a city rich with student population courtesy of two universities; with this, the nightlife is guaranteed to be impressive rather than disappointing.
Coventry having a rich history spanning the Roman conquest up till date is a stronghold of political and industrial significance in the United Kingdom.
Its place in terms of population, economics and politics will rather continue on the increase more now than ever.