Coventry & Warwickshire

Work set to start on Far Gosford Street in Coventry

Far Gosford Street
Image caption From the front, many passers-by would not suspect the street has historical value
Half-timbered buildings on Far Gosford Street
Image caption But from the back, the same houses reveal half-timbered frames the council hopes to restore

Work to finish the restoration of one of the few Coventry city streets to escape World War Two bombing and post-war redevelopment is expected to start.

Far Gosford Street is described by the council as "one of the city's most important historic streets".

In April, £1m of Heritage Lottery funding was given towards a programme of restoring shop fronts.

The street has 14 Grade-II listed buildings, including a number with medieval timber frames.

'World of fried chicken'

The project is organised by a partnership between Coventry City Council and Complex Development Projects (CDP).

Chris Patrick, the council's conservation and archaeology officer, said the first phase of the scheme in 2012, which cost £2.7m, had seen the repair of two timber-framed buildings and a 19th Century weaver, among other projects.

The council hopes that by restoring the rest of the street, they will be able to turn it into a "bohemian quarter for the city".

Mr Patrick said: "Many of these historic buildings look a bit sad. We want to rescue them from a world of fried chicken and general grot."

He added the final phase would start in early 2014.

Councillor Lynnette Kelly said: "Far Gosford Street is one of Coventry's gems, a great survivor from the past.

"The regeneration that has taken place over the last few years has reversed decades of decline. But it remains a job half-done and this funding allows us to complete the job, tackling buildings that missed out in the first phase."

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