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Memorial details

Memorial type
Other structure
District
Coventry
Town
Coventry
County
West Midlands
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians
Maker
Sir Basil Erwin Spence RA
Ceremony
  • Foundation Stone
    Date: 23rd March 1956
    Attended by: HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II
  • Consecrated
    Date: 25th May 1962
    Attended by: Bishop of Coventry
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
17718
Current location

Coventry Cathedral
1 Hill Top
Coventry
Coventry
West Midlands
CV1 5AB
England

OS Grid Ref: SP 33600 79000
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Roofless ruins of the bomb damaged Cathedral located directly next to the current Cathedral. Fallen roof timbers have been formed into the shape of a cross and mounted on top of an altar made of rubble. Inscription in gold lettering on sanctuary wall behind altar.
Inscription
Sanctuary Wall: FATHER FORGIVE
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Other structure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Hollington
  • Cross
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
  • Altar
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brick
Listing information
Condition
History
1964: Replica made and erected of the original altar cross which had been made of roof beams and mounted on the altar. The original cross is stored in St Michaels Hall.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference

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