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Listed and protected; council recognises historic sites as important to coventry's heritage.

Byline: SIMON GILBERT Chief Reporter

Foresters pub in Raglan Street TWO pub buildings, a water pump and a drinking fountain are among six things which have been 'locally listed' by the council to protect them from redevelopment.

A locally listed heritage asset is a building, structure or feature which is not listed by the government but the council believes is an important part of the city's heritage.

At a recent planning committee meeting six assets were added to the local list of heritage assets.

They are: the water pump, in Bayley Lane, city centre, Foresters public house, Raglan Street, Hillfields, Motor Hotel public house, Dorset Road, Radford, 9 North Avenue, in Stoke, 8 Stivichall Croft, in Styvechale and the drinking fountain, in Top Green.

According to the council report to the planning committee: "The hand pump in Bayley Lane is an important part of the historic street scene in Coventry.

"It is located outside St Mary's Hall and thought to date from the early 1800s - the pump is shown being used in engravings dating to 1812."

It adds that the pump is an important surviving structure from early 19th century water management in the city and is the only survival of this sort of hand pump in Coventry Of the Foresters public house in Raglan Street, the report says: "The Foresters shows a strong associative historic interest to this suburb of Coventry, built in the 1860s to serve the large amount of workers in this area "The building has a unique triangular shape, with distinctive detailing such as the window surrounds, the curved stonework at the end of the building and the prominent stone lion on the roof, helping to create a landmark building in this area."

The Motor Hotel public house in Dorset Road is described as a "red brick building built in 1904 on the corner of Dorset Road and Somerset Road, in Radford.

"The name comes from the fact that the pub is close to the mill where the first license-built Daimler car was manufactured in the late 19th century."

It added: "The building is of an unusual triangular design, and contains many decorative Edwardian features and details."

Number 9 North Avenue, Stoke, according to the report, was "built in the 1870s, shortly after the estate of Stoke Park was created.

"It was named Elm Bank because of a large number of elm trees. It is a good example of Victorian suburban architecture, and the building includes unusual murals."

It is of particular interst because of its association with the German-born Siegfried Bettmann, founder of the Triumph companies, Lord Mayor of Coventry and philanthropist who lived in the house from 1905 to 1951.

Number 8 Stivichall Croft, Styvechale is a rendered detached building built in 1931.

The report says: "It is notable for being the first commission of the internationally renowned architect and planner, Sir Frederick Gibberd.

"The building is associated with the renowned architect, Sir Frederick Gibberd and is a good example of an Art Decoinspired 1930s detached house."

The drinking fountain at Top Green is made of cast iron and is dated to around 1918. Embossed lettering on it says: 'A gift Mrs Alick S Hill Mayoress of Coventry 1916-1918'.

The report adds: "It is a survivor of the 19th and 20th century movement to provide fresh, clean drinking water, and is a reminder of the philanthropic donation by a civic leader.

"It has a strong associative interest with Mrs Alick S Hill, Mayoress of Coventry from 1916 to 1918; and shows the community gift from a civic leader. It also illustrates the facilities that were part of Top Green in the Edwardian period. The ornate design of the fountain shows its decorative nature and artistic interest, with the lion-head spout and the classical column design."

It is one of a very few surviving Victorian drinking fountains in the city.


The Motor Hotel and, below, the water pump in Bayley land and the drinking fountain in Top Green
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Oct 10, 2017
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