Annual Study Tour 2019 Coventry and Warwickshire will be on 29 August for focused tours, and 30 August-1 September for Full Tour. We will be staying at the University of Warwick.
Coventry was the fifth wealthiest town in England in the early 16th century and is currently the thirteenth largest city in Britain. The medieval castles at Kenilworth and Warwick are not far away, as are prosperous villages and market towns like Stratford-upon-Avon with their notable timber-framed buildings. The centre of Warwick, the county town, was rebuilt following a disastrous fire in 1694, and its classical townscape is matched in the neighbouring Leamington Spa, developed in the 19th century, when industry transformed much of the northern part of the county. Coventry itself has weathered prosperity and stagnation by turns, resulting in a local habit of necessary reinvention. Much of its little-changed centre, preserved into the twentieth century, was destroyed during the Blitz in 1940, and its subsequent rebuilding made it a laboratory of architectural and social modernity. This tour of Coventry and Warwickshire comprises a rich selection of elite and vernacular architecture from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, with important examples of many different building types covering the full gamut of styles and materials: castles, country houses, churches and chapels, guildhalls, almshouses, housing estates, and a post-war university in which participants will stay.
- Kenilworth Castle
- Lord Leycester’s Hospital, Warwick
- The Beauchamp Chapel at St Mary’s church, Warwick
- Stoneleigh Abbey and landscape
- Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford
- Coventry Cathedral
- Basil Spence’s Church of St Oswald, Tile Hill, Coventry