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Levelling Stone
Levelling Stone
Levelling Stone
Levelling Stone
Levelling Stone
Levelling Stone
Levelling Stone

© Dorothy & Trevor Tennant estate. Photo credit: Terry Street / Art UK

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The stone is irregular in its outline, but symmetrical about a central line. The central slate panel features a carved, stylised phoenix figure rising out of flames below. The central bronze plate has a target of radiating circles and there are three smaller bronze plates set into the slab, with central indents which act as positioning points for the legs of a theodolite. A stone tablet at the eastern edge of the stone features an inscription.

Date

1946

Medium

Westmorland green slate, Hopton Wood stone & bronze

Measurements

H 267 x W 270 x D (?) cm

Accession number

CV1_TS_S043

Acquisition method

commissioned by Coventry City Council

Work type

Sign or marker

Owner

Coventry City Council

Custodian

Coventry City Council

Work status

extant

Listing status

Grade II (England and Wales)

Unveiling date

8th June 1946

Listing date

23/03/02

Access

at all times

Inscription description

THIS STONE / COMMEMORATING THE OFFICIAL INAUGURATION / OF THE REBUILDING OF COVENTRY AFTER THE / ENEMY ATTACKS OF 1940-1942 / WAS LAID BY / COUNCILLOR JOHN CHARLES GORDON / MAYOR OF COVENTRY / 8 JUNE 1946. MAYOR / COUNCILLOR J. C. GORDON / DEPUTY MAYOR COUNCILLOR G. BRIGGS; the inscription continues around the perimeter of the stone: THIS LEVELLING STONE IN THE CENTRE OF THE WAR DAMAGED AREA WAS CONSTRUCTED AS A GUIDE TO THE REDEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS 1945-1946; this is then followed by the names of the members of The City Redevelopment Committee; the inscription concludes: THE LEVELLING STONE WAS PRESENTED / BY THE RT HON LORD KENILWORTH / MEMBER OF THE CITY COUNCIL 1923-1926. THE CITY REDEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE / CHAIRMAN COUNCILLOR A. ROBERT GRINDLAY / VICE CHAIRMAN ALDERMAN GEORGE E. HODGKINSON.


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Located at

Upper Precinct, Coventry

CV1 1DE

Embedded into the floor of the upper precinct of the shopping centre.