Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Thursday, 3 November 2022

Coventry city wall

There is a temptation to think of Coventry as an industrial city and to forget its medieval importance as a cathedral city and home to aspects of the cloth industry, notably cap making. Despite industrial expansion and rebuilding in the nineteenth century and the impact and legacy of the bombing in 1940 it retiains not a few remains of its late medieval aspect in churches and secular buildings.

To these can now be added more of the remains of the city walls which have been uncovered in advance of new building works. Part of these are to be laid out in a landscaped feature.

The discoveries are set out in a report from BBC News at Hidden 500-year-old city wall uncovered

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