Godiva and Leofric founded Benedictine monastery on the site of the previous nunnery.
Founding of the merchants Guild of St Marys
St Marys Guildhall built
The Merging of 4 guilds, including St Marys to form the Guild of the Holy Trinity.
Coventry is the 4th largest city in England, and has a thriving wool trade
War of the Roses – Coventry acts as the heart of the Lancastrian power structure.
Margaret of Anjou and Henry VI are entertained at the Guildhall
The Guildhall’s long rebuild is finished.
Henry VII comes to Coventry following the Battle of Bosworth.
The Tapestry hanging in the Guildhall is believed to have been commissioned and made. The couple portrayed are thought to be Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou.
Dissolution of Guilds by Edward VI leads to the Dissolution of the Guild of the Holy Trinity, and the use of the Guildhall as a public/civic building.
Mary Queen of Scots imprisoned at the Guildhall, most likely in the Mayoress’ Parlour (Drapers room).
Princess Elizabeth (Daughter of James I) brought into Coventry for safety following the Gunpowder Plot. She dined at the Guildhall.
Guildhall used as armoury during The Civil War.
1642 – 1649
The English Civil War
Charles II orders Coventry’s city walls to be destroyed
1755 – 1780
Mayor John Hewitt has the medieval floor torn up and replaced with a sprung wooden floor for dancing. The Medieval glass in the windows is replaced following a riot between local rival groups.
Frederick Douglass spoke on stage in the Great Hall, looking to raise money and support to end slavery.
Adam Bede by George Eliot was published, the court scene is believed to have been inspired by the Great Hall.
The Guildhall was made into a soup kitchen to feed the poor in Coventry.
World War II leads to heavy aerial bombing of Coventry, most of the city is destroyed, including the Cathedral.
The Guildhall suffers minor damages during World War II. Luckily, the Tapestry, roof bosses, stained glass and other treasures had been removed for safe keeping.
A new modern kitchen is installed, covering up and protecting the medieval one.
Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland visits the Guildhall on the first official state visit of an Irish President to the UK.
The restoration of the Guildhall leads to its closure for a few years. Revealing parts of the original building that have been hidden. Allowing the full magnificence of the Coventry Tapestry to be revealed.