little further up New Union Street, you can access Cheylesmore Manor House through an alleyway opposite the Greyfriars Lane junction. Known nowadays by most Coventrians as the "Register Office", this building was once much more prestigious.
Dating originally from the 13th century, it once belonged to Queen Isabella (the wife of Edward II) and in 1338 was passed to her grandson, Edward the Black Prince. Many alterations were seen during the middle ages but subsequently the manor fell somewhat into disrepair. Between 1965 and 1968 the building was restored to state that we are now familiar with. White plaster cladding was removed to reveal a timber framed structure full of character. To see just how it looked in the 1940s before restoration, you can visit my "Now and Then" section.
My wife and I were married there in 1993.
The view below, looking northwards, shows Christchurch spire in the background.