I stayed in Coventry for a few weeks with my daughter, and at the end of each day, usually foot weary, we had to walk through Whitefriars Gate 36 before we would cross the busy ring road which circles the historic city centre, as we headed back to the place she was living.
When I researched this picture I took of the gatehouse for your challenge I discovered its interesting history. This building is one of a few surviving buildings, known as Whitefriars. This medieval relic is a fragment of a Carmelite friary founded in 1342. Whitefriars Gate 36, on Much Park Street, was built, with local red sandstone, as a postern (side) gatehouse to this friary. Monks live a reclusive life but the Carmelites mixed with the towns’ people preaching, helping the needy and offering hospitality to travellers. They wore white robes so their friary became known as Whitefriars.
It has a long history but, I found it very interesting to learn that in 1565 Elizabeth I visited the city, stayed at Whitefriars and delivered a speech to the towns people from there. Five years later Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned on Elizabeth’s orders. They moved her from place to place during her imprisonment, and Whitefriars was one of her residences. Its fascinating history unbeknownst to me as we walked through this medieval gatehouse towards home each night.
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