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Coventry


Coventry is a city in the West Midlands area of England. As of the 2001 Census, it had a population of 303,475, making it the 9th most populous city in England, and the 11th most populous in the UK.

During World War II, Coventry was heavily bombed (including most famously the destruction of the Coventry Cathedral). During World War II, Coventry also became the world's first city to form a twinning relationship with another city, when it was twinned with Stalingrad (today known as "Volgograd") in Russia. After World War II, as a gesture of reconciliation, Coventry was also twinned with Dresden, Germany, which was of course also bombed during the war.


Key Facts about Coventry


Ruins of Coventry Cathedral
Here are some facts about Coventry:
  1. Coventry is a city in the West Midlands region of England.

  2. It is the 12th most populous city in the United Kingdom, and the second largest in the West Midlands region (after Birmingham.

  3. Coventry is home to two universities: Coventry University and the University of Warwick.

  4. The British English idiom of saying "sent to Coventry" refers to ostracising or deliberately ignoring a person. The origin of the phrase dates back to the English Civil War (1642-1651), when Royalist prisoners held in the city were so despised by residents of the city, that nobody spoke to them.

  5. In the 18th and 19th century, Coventry was a center of watch and clock manufacturing.

  6. in the 20th century, the city became a center of automobile, motorbike, aircraft, and machine tool manufacturing. Since the 1970s however, the British motor industry has been in gradual decline, and Coventry suffered as a result.

  7. During World War II, Coventry suffered severe bomb damage inflicted by the German Luftwaffe.

  8. In the 1980s, partly as a result of high unemployment, and economic difficulties, Coventry suffered high crime rates. However, the growth of new industries has revitalized the city, and crime rates have now significantly fallen.

  9. In the post war period, Coventry has attracted a large number of Asian and Caribbean immigrants. One of Britain's first mosques was opened in Eagle Street Coventry in 1960.



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