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Quick Links to places on this page It is by no means a complete history of our city of Coventry; such an excercise would be well beyond the scope of any webpage, and of my limited knowledge, too. What follows is a series of brief passages covering various aspects, Forest of arden either highlight some important chapters in Coventry's past, or are simply interesting enough to warrant a mention.
Some of the references I've used are listed at the foot of the page, and can be quickly reached by using the relevant [ Footnotes ] links. Coventry's beginnings in the Forest of Arden n ancient times, much of the land traditionally covered by Warwickshire was made up of two main areas known as Arden and Feldon.
The River Avon formed the boundary between the two, running from north-east to south-west. It was near the eastern reaches of the forest of Arden where a settlement formed which was to become Coventry. Whereas most of the Feldon area to the south east was open countryside which was readily farmable, the dense clay soil of Arden was relatively hostile to crop growing but was, however, a suitable condition for oak trees of which much of the forest comprised.
From necessity, many of the hamlets that developed in the Forest of Arden were created in clearings, either man-made or perhaps natural openings in the woods. The old English word for a clearing was "lea", and derivatives of this include leah, ley and leigh, so we can see how many of the settlements with which we're familiar today gained their names.
The name Henley-in-Arden in fact contains a double reference to its ancient roots. The Sherbourne was much larger in Saxon times, and a large lake called Babbu Lacu filled much of the low lying land along the northern edge of the hamlet.
Therefore, a supply of fish and drinking water was always plentiful, and the land was also more easily defended in times of trouble.
The only remnant of the lake is now a small pool - the Swanswell.
Although Coventry's documented history stretches back at least a thousand years, its true beginnings are still shrouded in mystery. There is good reason to suggest that the first settlement here grew around a Saxon nunnery, which had been founded around AD by St.
Osburga, and which stood in the vicinity of St. The theory that some historians subscribe to, is that Coventry has evolved from the name Cofantreo.
It's supposed that an early settler in the area by the name of Cofa, marked his boundary with a tree, not an uncommon thing to do in Saxon times hence the name "Cofantreo" which is thought to have meant "Cofa's tree".
However, with reference to it first seen inCofantreo was not the first spelling of the town's name. Neither is there any firm evidence that "Cofa" was ever a name used by the Saxons, but despite the lack of any compelling evidence, this remains the preferred origin by many.
The earliest reference to our settlement was actually Couaentree. Information from David McGrory's book "A History of Coventry" tells us that the first part of the word, Couaen and sometimes spelt "Cune" refers to a meeting place of waters.
The river Sherbourne was thought to have originally been named the Cune, and used to meet with Radford Brook where they flowed into the Mill Damonce part of the larger Bablake, so Couaentree may have referred to the "settlement at the place where the waters met".
Please note; Old English didn't use the letter v, so therefore in the early spellings where a letter u was used, it might have been, in fact, pronounced as a v, and wouldn't have sounded as alien as it looks when printed. Similarly, the letter f was pronounced v by the Saxons, therefore, for instance, Cofentreo would have been pronounced Coventreo.Born in Stratford in , William Shakespeare spent his formative years on the doorstep of Arden and, although its size had begun to decrease, the Forest of Arden remained intact throughout the Bard’s life.
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