Coventry's historic City Wall
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Instead of a ring road, a huge city wall once surrounded Coventry.

It was 8ft wide, 12ft high and more than two miles in length.

Twenty towers and 12 gates were incorporated into the barrier.

Construction began in the 1350s and the official completion date (after a number of re-routes) was 1534.

Fearful Coventry could be used as a Parliamentary rebel stronghold King Charles II ordered the wall’s demolition.

On July 22, 1662, 500 men began the three-week task of taking down the majority of the barrier.

One of the best places to judge the scale of the wall is in Lady Herbert’s Garden next to the Transport Museum

Coventry historian Rob Orland (pictured) said: “People don’t always notice how wide the city wall was, eight feet.

“It was a sign of Coventry’s decadence and affluence at the time.

“It wasn’t just for defence - it was also a ‘look at us, we’ve surrounded ourselves with a huge wall that is two miles and one eighths in length’."

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