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Grey Friars Gate

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, August 11, 2018
1. Grey Friars Gate Marker
Inscription.  
Bull Yard was formally a short street (Bull Street) leading to Barracks Square Market (now the Barracks car park), but on Samuel Bradford’s 1748-49) Coventry map it was part of a much longer path leading from Greyfriars gate to Smithford Street, beside the Black Bull Inn – “The Back Way to the Bull”. The path was used by the Royalist leader, the Earl of Northampton, to escape from the Inn when his troops were outnumbered by Parliamentary forces in 1642, during the Civil War.

The “Bull” a three-storey, timber framed building of eight bays mentioned in the 15th century documents was the ”Black Bull” by the 17th century. A large field belonging to the Inn was called thee Bull Field. In 1793 the ”Black Bull” was replaced by the Cavalry Barracks, a five bay stone building.

The plaque at the Shelton Square entrance to Bull Yard commemorates another “Bull”, the Dun Cow slain by Guy Warwick. In Coventry legend the cow was a huge wild boar which terrorised the people and ‘rooted up’ Swanswell (Swine’s Well) Pool with its snout – Guy slew it.

In the paving
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By Michael Herrick, August 11, 2018
2. Grey Friars Gate Marker
the outline of the Town Wall is marked: this was built between 1385 and 1391. Also depicted is Greyfriars gate, one of the principal gates out of the twelve which once circuited the Wall. Its actual site was in the roadway nearby. In 1648 Royalist soldiers were imprisoned there. In 1705 it was made into a dwelling, but was demolished in 1781.

Coventry City Council
City Development Directorate
1999

 
Erected 1999 by the Coventry City Council & City Development Directorate.
 
Location. 52° 24.359′ N, 1° 30.738′ W. Marker is in Coventry, England, in West Midlands. Marker is at the intersection of England Route B4544 and Bull Yard, on the right when traveling north on State Route B4544. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11-12 Bull Yard, Coventry, England CV1 1LH, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christchurch Spire (within shouting distance of this marker); Dresden Place (within shouting distance of this marker); The Quadrant (within shouting distance of this marker); Angela Brazil (within shouting distance of this marker); Ford’s Hospital (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); Dame Ellen Terry
Grey Friars Gate Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, August 11, 2018
3. Grey Friars Gate Marker
(about 240 meters away); The Architect’s Vision (about 240 meters away); Donald Gibson CBE (approx. 0.2 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coventry.
 
Also see . . .  Greyfriars' Gate - Historic Coventry. (Submitted on October 15, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 15, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 15, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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