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This must not happen again

Coventry from the air in the 1920s

THIS MUST NOT HAPPEN NOT AGAIN


Old court houses

COVENTRY FROM THE AIR

Above. A pre-war view of the City Centre, showing approximately the area affected by the new plan. A scheme for replanning some of this area had been prepared by Mr. Gibson before the war. The crowded, unoriented houses and the narrow, tortuous streets make a striking contrast with the illustrations of the new plan which follow. In the centre foreground is Hertford Street, running up to Broadgate.

LEGACY OF THE PAST

Right. Narrow doorways, insanitary bins; a constant fight against dirt and for air and sunlight. Quaint? Old world? This example has not even those saving graces. It is a slum, and as such typical of much housing throughout the country. Now turn the page to what it is hoped will be the legacy of war.



 
 
 
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