Whitefriar’s Monastery
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Anyone exiting the ring road at London Road cannot fail to notice Whitefriar’s Monastery.

But it is not widely known that Elizabeth I once gave a speech to Coventry folk from its Oriel window in 1565.

The monastery has roots stretching back to the 14th Century.

Coventry historian Rob Orland said: “The remains of Whitefriar's Monastery, although a large building, is only the east side of what used to be a large square cloister adjoining a very large spire-capped church, the foundations of which can still be seen.

“The monastery was home to the Carmelite monks, who were known locally as White Friars due to the pale habits they wore.

"They appear to have been a very popular bunch, and by using public donations were very charitable, taking in homeless and poor folk.”

He added: “Let's hope that something worthy can be done with this 600 plus year old building, currently looking sad and forlorn next to the ring road.”

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