Working on behalf of the City of Coventry Freemen’s Guild, and with the support of the Lord Mayor’s Office, Coventry Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace & Reconciliation member Peter Wilford has published two magnificent colouring books.
One is Coventry’s Medieval Story illustrating life in Medieval Coventry.
This A4 48pp book is a fun, educational pastime and contains snippets of information about the various activities within Coventry’s walled city with its 12 gates. Also highlighted are the visits of kings and queens, the role of civic leaders and merchants, and shows various trades employed to the benefit of the city. Included are illustrations showing various types of entertainment such as musicians and plays during the medieval period.
The Lord Mayor said, “I am delighted to support Past Master Peter Wilford’s inspired initiative, which opens up a window into Coventry’s medieval history. I am confident it will become a ‘must have’ publication not only for children but to the wider population, to learn about our City’s past.”
The Lord Mayor Cllr John Blundell said “This is a wonderful colouring book, with beautifully drawn illustrations, it honours one of our city’s greatest historic buildings – St Mary’s Guildhall, and it is fantastic – far more than just a colouring book and I am sure people will love it. It is a brilliant way of bringing our history to life and keeping it alive for the younger generations.”
The book covers the fascinating history of the Guildhall, which has graced our city since the 14th century. Built for the great Guilds of the time it has hosted Kings and Queens – some willingly, some less so. It has served as an armoury during the English Civil War, a Council House, treasury, courtroom, and even as a soup kitchen for destitute weavers and I am delighted that the Coventry Tapestry has its own dedicated pages with a special double throw-out. Shakespeare is said to have trod the boards, as did the famed Coventry actress Sarah Siddons.”
The RRP of both books’ is £5.00 and they are available from the Herbert Museum, Coventry Transport Museum, Holy Trinity Church, Charterhouse and various local heritage places.
Peter is now working on a third colouring book dealing with War, Peace and Reconciliation.