High Street Culture
Find out what’s coming up in our four-year programme of cultural activity across England's High Streets Heritage Action Zones, continuing until 2024.
Restoring and regenerating a forgotten part of Coventry’s historic townscape, boosting the local economy and celebrating the city’s rich heritage.
The Burges area forms a key element of Coventry’s surviving historic townscape and includes three streets: The Burges, Palmer Lane and Hales Street, all of which lie within the Lady Herbert’s Garden Conservation Area.
Buildings on The Burges and Hales Street date from the late medieval period through to the 19th century. Palmer Lane is also a medieval street which runs alongside Coventry’s forgotten river, The Sherbourne.
The Burges area has survived many changes over time, from those made by city planners and architects in the 1930s to the devastation of the Coventry Blitz during the Second World War and the subsequent redevelopment of the city in the 1950s and 1960s.
Lack of investment in recent decades has seen the area decline, with the conservation area being added to Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.
The Burges, Coventry High Street Heritage Action Zone received a 2021 Summer Award from the Future Cities Forum, for “boosting the local economy and engaging directly and successfully with the community”.
The properties on the Burges and Hales Street comprise one of the few remaining intact parts of the city to survive the impacts of war and subsequent development, yet the layers of history can’t be easily seen and the decline of the area means it remains a focus for anti-social behaviour. The High Street Heritage Action Zone project will help to reverse this decline by enhancing the special character of the conservation area, attracting more business and visitors and raising awareness of the area’s heritage within the local community.
Actions will include:
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