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Brief description of site

This is a war memorial park, laid out by Coventry City Council between 1921 and 1935, which commemorates Coventry's soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in both World Wars. Features include a number of avenues of memorial trees, a rock garden and a German Peace Garden dating from 1963.

Brief history of site

In 1919 Coventry City Council invited members of the local community to form a War Memorial Committee to consider ways of creating a fitting memorial by which to commemorate the city's soldiers who had fallen in the First World War. It was decided that this should take the form of a park, and land was purchased in 1919. However, due to limited funds, the creation of the park would ultimately take over ten years. At the formal opening on 9 July 1921, with a dedication and memorial service, only the preparation of the ground had been completed in the ornamental section, though the sports pitches were available for use.

Location information:

Address: War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road, Coventry, CV3 6PT

Local Authorities:

West Midlands; Coventry

Historical County: Warwickshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 140 Grid Ref: SP324772
Latitude: 52.3919 Longitude: -1.52531

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The park is open 24 hours a day, every day.

Key information:

Form of site: public park

Purpose of site: urban park

Context or principal building: parks, gardens and urban spaces

Site first created: 1919 to 1935

Main period of development: Early 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 48.5

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