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The Lady Godiva Statue

This week’s Throwback Thursday is a legendary installation project from 1989.

Beck & Pollitzer was hired to remove and reinstall Coventry’s famous Lady Godiva statue. It originally faced south but needed to be moved to a west-facing position due to the construction of Cathedral Lanes.

Lady Godiva was an 11th Century noblewoman and activist. The statue depicts the most famous story about her: that she rode naked through the streets of Coventry so her people would not have to pay the oppressive taxes demanded by her husband, Lord Leofric.

Although this statue was moved to its new position in 1989, it has been a landmark in Coventry since 1949. It was designed by Sir William Reid Dick and was a £20,000 gift to Coventry by Mr W.H. Basset-Green.

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