Coventry preserves historic houses for year of culture

Priory Row (Lychgate Cottages) in Coventry (Courtesy Historic Coventry)

Specialist conservation contractors have been appointed to transform some of Coventry's oldest buildings into special short stay visitor accommodation in time for the city becoming UK City of Culture 2021.

Historic Coventry Trust (HCT) has awarded the £606,000 contract to Messenger Construction Ltd to restore three timber-framed Lychgate Cottages in Priory Row and convert them into four self-contained units which will be let for short breaks.

The black and white cottages were built in 1415 and are the only buildings from St Mary's Priory to survive the destruction of Godiva's Cathedral during the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539.

Skilled craftspeople from Messenger Construction, who work with public and private property owners including the Nat