Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Restoration At Its Best

The Establishment Bar & Grill, formerly The Old County Hall
Here is a little peek inside one of Coventry's newest licensed premises.  Less than 20 years ago this was the main courtroom in Coventry Crown & County Court before the Courts moved to new premises across town.  The building stood derelict for years.  What  a change. Note the Crown Crest above the seat where the Crown Court judge used to sit.  Just outside is the Cathedral, St Mary's Hall, and Holy Trinity Church.

County Hall historical marker

I don't know what to make of  'the last public execution taking place in Cuckoo Lane'.  There has to be a story.

7 comments:

Tanya said...

oh wow, i would love to eat here just to be able to sit in a piece of history like this! love it! yes, you need to research that cuckoo lane hanging!

Paul in Powell River said...

Wonderful that they would go to the expense to do this - it's gorgeous! And a very apt name for the establishment!

Adele said...

What an interesting place! Cuckoo Lane Execution? A story there, for certain! Beautiful photos, LOL. :-)

LOLfromPasa said...

Okay folks. It is on the list - Executions/Cuckoo Lane.

I it fun to see something a bit modern created out of something really old...and done well.

LONDONLULU said...

Love this group of photos and, oh, how I'd love to find out more about that execution! I second Tanya and Adele! :-)

Paul @ Leeds Daily Photo said...

Looks like they have done a good job of keeping old but incorporating it into the new.

LOLfromPasa said...

They did, Paul. This is such a important City Centre location and it would have been awful if they got it wrong.