Ye Olde Curiositie Shoppe, Butcher Row & Little Butcher Row

Above and below: I have seen many pictures of Butcher Row where one of the shops has a shield sign and always wondered what it meant. It seems to have on top a knight’s helmet with plumes of feathers.

Above and below: this drawing from 1920 approximately reveals the wording ‘Ye Olde Curiositie Shoppe’.


Above and below: here in Little Butcher Row another shop of the same name. I don’t know if the owner had both shops or if they relocated from one street to another.


City Arcade, Smithford Street

img_20160328_000245_20161024121336382 The City Arcade in some period after the WW2 bombing of Smithford Street, at the left side of the arcade is the temporary Woolworth building.

img_20161027_125658 Seen from further back in Broadgate, the badly bombed Smithford Street with the City Arcade in the centre distance.

world-war-two-air-raids-coventry-14th-october-1940-cleaning-up-the-erjhp9-1 Inside: All the arcade’s shop fronts were damaged. The first one along this side, Salisbury’s, then Winter’s Store.

workers-seen-here-clearing-up-in-coventry-following-the-air-raid-of-emwr41-1-1 The next one along is the inside entrance to Woolworth’s. The bomb damage seems to have uncovered part of an old Woolworth sign beneath the then current one.

workers-seen-here-clearing-up-in-coventry-following-the-air-raid-of-emwfbj-1 More damage on the other side of the arcade. Outside, across the road in  Smithford Street is the Currys shop.

Seen here in possibly the early 1950s, Broadgate House built across the top of Smithford Street and the City Arcade still there.

img_20161127_123902Above: The approximate modern day location of the City Arcade.

img_20161024_013722 The fronts of the Three shop and the left section of BHS is the roughly the location of where the City Arcade’s front was.

Above & Below: In the arcade, towards the rear entrance onto Barracks Market.


img_20161027_151021 This is the rear of the City Arcade, opening onto the the Barracks Market area. The rear of the arcade in the present day would be roughly at the centre of the Coventry Point office blocks building in Market Way.

The centre distance of this photo is the approximate modern location of the City Arcade rear

The Pilgrims Rest and Ironmonger Row, Part 2

Above: The rear of the Study Inn seen from Hales Street, showing where The Pilgrims Rest was. To the left of centre, roughly where the vertical white rectangle is, would be the edge of the Pilgrims Rest at the left side of where the now missing section of Palmer Lane was. That section would have been leading down towards the camera and diagonally slightly to the left for a short distance then curving to the right.

Above: A closer view. Imagine if the grey and brick were not there and a thin white block represented where the side of the Pilgrims Rest was on Palmer Lane.

Above: On New Buildings, looking towards where the Ironmonger Row entrance was roughly at the edge of the Study Inn’s side, going diagonally towards the far rear corner of the Study Inn and carrying on through the shops to the kerb edge in Cross Cheaping.

Ironmonger Row and Cross Cheaping

Above: On Ironmonger Row looking towards Warners shop in Cross Cheaping, with the Bull Ring area of Butcher Row at the left. Probably 1936 just before the Butcher Row demolition to build Trinity Street which would pass across this point. The photographer was standing next to the partly demolished Golden Lion Pub.

Above: On Butcher Row looking towards Ironmonger Row and the partly demolished Golden Lion pub. To the right is the road New Buildings.

Above: On Cross Cheaping looking towards Broadgate from next to Warners shop. At the left edge of the picture is the Ironmonger Row entrance and to the right of it the Cross Cheaping Vaults pub.

Above: Standing approximately at the edge of Warners with Warners at the photographer’s right, looking down Ironmonger Row with G&F Evans jewellers shop at the left.

Above: A closer view with the Butcher Row entrance in the distance.

Above: Further along, the Pilgrims Rest Inn with the entrances of  Palmer Lane at the left and Butcher Row up ahead.

The Pilgrims Rest and Ironmonger Row

The Pilgrims Rest Inn seen from Ironmonger Row, with Palmer Lane at the left. The original Pilgrims Rest was s house built in the 1300s and belonging to the Benedictine monastery. After it was demolished this was built on the same site. A plaque over the door mentions the building’s history. This building was demolished in 1936.
Above: The plaque over the door.
Below: Looking along Palmer Lane with the plaque in the top right of the picture.img_20150704_185232
Above: The blue circle marks the inn’s location on this hand drawn map.
Below: (Updated picture) On this aerial shot in the present day, I have marked in red some of the old street locations with the blue circle marking where the Pilgrims Rest was behind the Burges House Study Inn.



Above: The front of Study Inn.
Below: The side of Study Inn on Cross Cheaping. From the kerb looking diagonally to the right side of Contract Options/left side of Blue Arrow is the approximate location, uncovered by buildings, of some of the original Ironmonger Row. (Not the present day “ironmonger row” of which the road part is on the site of where Little Butcher Row was).