Photographer/Creator

Chet Smolski

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Description

Stonemason Jock Forbes created this wooden cross from two burned beams that had once held the roof of Coventry Cathedral before it was bombed during World War Two. The cross of nails, also made from the old cathedral rubble, was made by Provost Richard Howard. A similar cross made from the same nails was given to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin. Similarly, it was destroyed by bombing and the damaged structure was been preserved beside a new building.

The words ‘Father Forgive’ were inscribed after the bombing, at the instruction of Provost Howard.

Notes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coventry_Cathedral

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiser_Wilhelm_Memorial_Church

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This object from the Chester E. Smolski photographic slides and publications, housed by the Rhode Island College Special Collections, and any of its digital surrogates are the intellectual property of Rhode Island College. This digital object is protected by copyright and/or related rights. The digital material presented here is licensed with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. This content can be used, shared, or adapted for educational and scholarly purposes. For permissions to use this item please contact digitalcommons@ric.edu. All uses must include appropriate attribution.

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Photographer

Subject Headings

Architecture -- Religious Architecture -- West Midlands -- Coventry;

Country Name

England

Region Name

West Midlands

City Name

Coventry

Keywords

religious architecture, bomb damage, monuments, cathedral

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