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20th vs. twentieth century[edit]

I've restored the heading "20th century" because a number of articles and redirects (possibly including some from other Wikimedia projects) point to this section of the article with this specific title. (I suspect this is largely because of the inexplicable absence of an article on the Coventry bombing in WWII, forcing any links to it to go to this section.) I urge editors not to change this blithely. If there is a consensus or a policy reason to use "twentieth century" instead of "20th century", all section links should be fixed along with the change. ~ Jeff Q (talk) 22:06, 17 May 2006 (UTC)

To merge on not[edit]

Is there a wiki convention about combining the history of a City with the City page? Snowman 16:37, 7 August 2006 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Summary style. Joe D (t) 16:57, 6 September 2006 (UTC)

long article[edit]

The Coventry Page is already a long article - more than 36 kbites. I think that we should be thinking about splitting it rather then merging. The history sections could all go on the history of Coventry page. Snowman 12:50, 15 August 2006 (UTC)

  • Shame they don't agree on a few points, but without proper citations, it's difficult to know which is right. Also the history section on the city page is much longer than this page.Terri G 16:34, 7 September 2006 (UTC)
I've merged much of the excess material from the coventry page to here and left a summary on the main Coventry article. Some of the stuff needed NPOVing, so has been altered slightly. I left out a few things cause I couldn't decide where to put them. I hope that it's an improvement. G-Man * 16:43, 9 September 2006 (UTC)

Sir Thomas White[edit]

There is a Statue for Thomas White in the Green area near to Warwick Row, Coventry. I understand that he was a benefactor to the City. It would be good if he was edited into the history of Coventry, by someone who knowns a bit about him. There is a photograph of the Coventry statue on his wiki page. Snowman 17:08, 30 January 2007 (UTC)


Blame for the bombing raid[edit]

I don't like the way the accusation Churchill knew about the bombing raid is not cited whereas the assertion that he did not is. A new play by Allan Pollock argues - quite convincingly - that the British were aware of the attack thanks to the code breakers, which is the position of many WW2 historians. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jack39 (talkcontribs) 13:27, 23 March 2008 (UTC)

Image WW2[edit]

there is a newly uploaded image on commons, perhaps interesting for this article: Image:Bundesarchiv_Bild_183-R98105,_Coventry_nach_Luftangriff.jpg -- 79.219.20.210 (talk) 21:26, 6 December 2008 (UTC)

Thanks – be interesting to know the location of this scene. --Red Sunset 17:17, 7 December 2008 (UTC)
I think it is a view from ground level of the Owen Owen building as also seen on Image:Coventry bomb damage H5600.jpg, but do not take my word for it. Snowman (talk) 18:00, 7 December 2008 (UTC)
I think you're right – there are a number of precisely matching details, but I wonder why the "Owen Owen" name, which is clearly visible in the existing image, has been obliterated in the recently uploaded one? Unfortunately it basically duplicates what we already have, just taken from a different angle, unless there is something of note that I haven't spotted. --Red Sunset 18:40, 7 December 2008 (UTC)

Sent to Coventry - bad link[edit]

Just checked out the link to the history page of St John's Church website (where, in the past, they talk about the church being the source of the "Sent to Coventry" phrase), and the link no longer is valid. I can only assume that the recent change to the website removed the history section. Unfortunately, this means that there is no longer a reference that we can link to (unless anyone knows otherwise)?

FWIW, as a former parishoner of that church, that they do indeed claim to be the source of the phrase, and the notice on the outside of the church says as much. Stephen! Coming... 16:52, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for spotting that. I've replaced the dead link and added an additional theory. Just for the record, I looked at the Send to Coventry wiki article only to discover that it is a copyvio of this! --Red Sunset 17:50, 8 September 2009 (UTC)

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