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An atmospheric and architecturally stunning survivor of the medieval age, St. Mary's is widely considered to be the finest remaining medieval guildhall in the country.
The 'Coventry Tapestry' is the highlight of the historic collections at St. Mary's Guildhall, and is widely recognised as one of the rarest and most important examples of this art in the country.
In November 1569, a Catholic uprising in the north prompted Queen Elizabeth I to order the transfer of Mary Queen of Scots from her confinement at Tutbury Castle in Staffordshire, to the walled city of Coventry.
Few people know that kitchens currently used to prepare food for Godiva's restaurant, weddings and conferences, have been in continuous use since the Guildhall was built in the 1340s.
It is widely accepted that the Great Hall at St. Mary's Guildhall provided the inspiration for the "grand old hall", the scene of the trial court in George Eliot's first novel, Adam Bede.
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