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The market which grew up around the abbey went on to become a bustling mercantile hub and so the town flourished.
During the industrial revolution Coventry became a major centre for textile production and later on watch and clock manufacture.
The city is believed to have sprung up around a Benedictine monastery founded in the 11th century by the Earl of Mercia.
His wife, Lady Godiva, has since become a legendary character and one of the most famous Coventrians of all time, having rode through the streets of the city naked on horseback in protest at high taxes.
Britain's second largest city and the nucleus of the West Midlands, Birmingham is only about 20 miles West of Coventry.
Birmingham has excellent shopping facilities with many shopping streets (most notably New St, Corporation St and the High Street), a jewellery quarter, several markets and a number of large shopping centres including the famous Bullring with its iconic Selfridges building.
Claverdon is a village and civil parish in the Stratford district of Warwickshire, England, about 5 miles (8.0 km) west of the county town of Warwick.
The Malvern and Brueton Park with its picturesque lake is one of the best and is the most centrally located one, close to the town's main shopping area.
Solihull hosts some of the region's most important hotspots including the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham International Airport and the Birmingham Business Park.
Built around the River Anker, Nuneaton is about nine miles to the North of Coventry and is one of the most attractive towns in the floral Heart of England.
Nuneaton is famous for its former resident, the Victorian novelist George Eliot, who is remembered throughout the town in the names of many of its streets, buildings and establishments.
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Around the turn of the 20th Century, Coventry made a name for itself in first bicycle then automobile manufacture; with such pioneers as Rover plying their trade from the city's industrial district Coventry became an important player in the British motor industry until its decline in the 70s.