Coventry Cathedral: Art and Architecture in Post-War Britain

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LIST OF BLACK AND WHITE PLATES
1. John Piper, Coventry Cathedral, November 15th, 1940. City of Manchester Art Galleries (Crown copyright)11
2. Randolph Schwabe, Coventry Cathedral, November 1940. Imperial War Museum, London12
3. Sir Muirhead Bone, Coventry Cathedral ruins, 1944. Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry12
4. Donald Gibson and City Architect's Dept., Model of civic and cultural areas of Coventry, 193915
5. City of Coventry, Proposed central area reconstruction, 1940-1, CRO (AP/PL/18/1)15
6. Donald Gibson, Sketches for proposed city centre, c. 1940-1, CRO (AP/PL/33/1-4). Shopping centre from St John's; View from Lady Herbert's gardens looking south17
7. Donald Gibson, Sketches for proposed city centre, c.1940-1, CRO (AP/PL/33/1-4). Earl Street from Jordan Well; A view into Cathedral Close; St Michael's churchyard18
8. The third model, 1942 with Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's first design for the new cathedral20
9. Bird's-eye view showing Scott's final design for the new cathedral extended to the south, integrated into Gibson's city plan, 1943-4 (repr. Architectural Design, Dec. 1958)20
10. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Preliminary scheme for Coventry Cathedral, 1942: north and west elevation and ground plan. CRO (A-P/PL/8/1/4)26
11. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Plan for Coventry Cathedral, 1943. Drawn 1944. CRO (AP/PL/8/1/3)26
12. Bird's-eye view of proposed cathedral based on Sir Giles Gilbert Scott's plan, 194427
13. A. C. Webb, Perspective of Scott's design for Coventry Cathedral from east, with Christian Service Centre in foreground, 1945. Coventry Cathedral28
14. A. C. Webb, Perspective of Scott's design for Coventry Cathedral from south-east, 1945. Coventry Cathedral28
15. A. C. Webb, Perspective of interior of cathedral to Scott's design, 1945. Coventry Cathedral30
16. Plan of site available for new cathedral in 1947 (repr. Report of Lord Harlech's Commission, Oxford, 1947)33
17. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, Interior of Commons Chamber, 1944-50 (photo: House of Commons Public Information Office)39
18. Barbara Jones, Cover for H. Casson, Bombed Churches as War Memorials (Architectural Press, 1945)39
19. A wartime service in the ruined cathedral44
20. The interior of the ruins of St Michael (repr. Coventry Cathedral Architectural Competition: Conditions and Instructions to Competing Architects, Oct. 1950)46
21. Plan of site available for new cathedral, enclosed with competition instructions46

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS v
  • Contents vii
  • List of Color Plates ix
  • LIST OF BLACK AND WHITE PLATES xi
  • Abbreviations xix
  • Introduction 1
  • Part I. Architecture and Politics 5
  • 1 The Cathedral and the City: The Blitz, Civic Ideology And Reconstruction 7
  • 2 The Cathedral Project 1940-1947 22
  • 3 'towards a New Cathedral'? 37
  • Part II. The Creative Process 69
  • 4 Modernism and Tradition: The Genesis of Spence's Competition Design 71
  • 5 The Competition Design Refined, 1951-1954 81
  • 6 The Architect and the Artist 102
  • Part III. Design into Building 131
  • 7 The Licence to Build, 1954 133
  • 8 The Turning-Point, 1954-1956 141
  • 9 The Design Recast, 1956-1958 148
  • Pa IV. For and Function 193
  • 10 The Modern Church 195
  • 11 Provost and Architect 206
  • 12 The Cathedral Completed, 1960-1962 216
  • 13 The Cathedral and the Post-War World: Austerity and Triumphalism 243
  • Conclusion 254
  • APPENDIX: DONATIONS 276
  • Bibliography 278
  • Index 283
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