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Christopher Davenport (1590–1653), Sheriff of Coventry (1632), and Mayor (1641)

Photo credit: St Mary's Guildhall

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Shown in the robes of an alderman of the city, Christopher Davenport was mayor of Coventry in 1641, when he famously refused King Charles I entry to the city. This act of defiance by the city was later punished by King Charles II, who ordered the demolition of Coventry's mighty city walls so that it may never again exclude a monarch. By trade Christopher Davenport was a clothier, but continued a family tradition of holding high office in the city, as his uncle, a pewterer also named Christopher Davenport, had been mayor in 1602.

St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry





oil on canvas


H 115 x W 88 cm (E)

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AEtatis 55: / .NOVE ANo. 1641:

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St Mary’s Guildhall, Coventry

Bayley Lane, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5RN England

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