LADY GODIVA STATUE

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1031589
Date first listed:
15-Apr-1998
Statutory Address:
LADY GODIVA STATUE, BROADGATE

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Location

Statutory Address:
LADY GODIVA STATUE, BROADGATE

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District:
Coventry (Metropolitan Authority)
Parish:
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
SP 33403 79003

Details

COVENTRY

SP 3379 SW

833/4/10097

BROADGATE (east side)

Lady Godiva statue

II*

Equestrian figure of Lady Godiva. 1949 by Sir William Reid Dick, sculptor, at the expense of William Bassett-Green. Bronze statue on Portland stone base. Rectangular plinth with overhanging cavetto moulding, a podium with cavetto and roll mouldings at the base and battered sides. The design of the base is reminiscent of the work of Sir Edwin Lutyens, who had died in 1944 but with whom Dick had frequently worked.

The statue symbolised the regeneration of Coventry after its bombing and was donated to boost morale at a time when rebuilding work was delayed by shortages. It was intended as the focal point of Broadgate, and originally faced the clock tower of Broadgate House where it could be seen by 'Peeping Tom'. Lady Godiva was turned through ninety degrees in 1990, to face the entrance to the Upper Precinct and to lie on axis between the Lower Precinct and Cathedral.

This entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 26 February 2019.

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
469098
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

End of official listing

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Date: 21 Jun 2000
Reference: IOE01/02589/21
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