Reflections of the past: Coventry restored
It is remarkable how communities can recover from severe trauma, rebuild their lives and move onto a new, and positive phase of recovery. Such was the experience of Coventry after the 1940 blitz that destroyed the greater part of the City, including its Cathedral. The design of the new Cathedral, adjacent to the ruins of the old, proved to be a triumph of blending the modern with the medieval. To have rebuilt the old Cathedral might have seemed a form of denial of the past, that the blitz had never really happened. To preserve the ruins as a statement of history, and as a loud proclamation of reconciliation, was an act of wisdom on the part of the planners. But to make the new a reflection of the past, was
an act of inspiration.
The stunning engraved West Screen of Saints and Angels, viewed from without, gives you a captivating reflection of the ruins of the old cathedral, and viewed from within, it literally connects the new building with the past, as you look out onto the visible remains of the blitz. Planners and architects of the 1950s have suffered almost universal derision for the eyesores they built in that period, but there are exceptions…………….