Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry Cathedral celebrates Sir Basil Spence birth

Sir Basil Spence
Image caption Sir Basil designed the cathedral after much of St Michael's was destroyed

The architect of Coventry Cathedral, Sir Basil Spence, has been remembered at a service marking the anniversary of his birth.

It included readings and a sermon by clergy from the other churches in the city which were also designed by him, cathedral staff said.

Reverend Canon Dr David Stone said Sir Basil also designed St Oswald in Tile Hill, St Chad in Wood End and St John the Divine in Willenhall.

The service was held at 16:00 BST.

Sir Basil designed the cathedral after much of St Michael's was destroyed by bombs in World War II.

Mr Stone said: "Without doubt Sir Basil Spence had a great impact on the urban landscape of Coventry and we're delighted our colleagues from these parishes are joining in the service."

Earlier this year Sir Basil, who was born in 1907, was featured on a Royal Mail stamp set honouring Britons of Distinction.

The cathedral is marking its 50th anniversary this year.

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