Cheylesmore Manor Gatehouse

Entry: Free
Opening hours: 24 hours a day
Contact: Manor House Drive, New Union Street
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Best bit: Staring at the building is like looking back in time
Worst bit : Thinking that so many similar buildings have been flattened

Worth a peruse if you're in the centre of Coventry.
The gatehouse dates back to 13th Century and is the oldest building in Britain to serve as a register office.
Its historic roots make it a popular choice for weddings today - comedian Freddie Starr tied the knot there.
The building was built for the Earl of Arundel in 1237. In 1320 it passed to Queen Isabella, the wife of Edward II.
Isabella's son Edward the Black Prince took ownership following her death. In 1661 Charles II granted the house to Sir Robert Townsend and in 1798 the Prince Regent, later George IV, sold it to the marquis of Hertford.
During the 1900s many of the buildings within the manor were knocked down except for the gatehouse.
Following restoration this building opened as a register office in 1968.
The building holds the records for the births of jet pioneer Frank Whittle and poet Philip Larkin.
For a fascinating glimpse at how the gatehouse looked in the 1940s visit the fact-filled Historic Coventry website here.

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