On the 14th November 1940, The Cathedral was reduced to rubble by
German bombs, In the terrible aftermath that followed Provost Howard
wrote the words "Father Forgive" on the smoke-blackened wall
of the sanctuary. Two of the charred beams which had fallen in the
shape of a cross were set on the alter and three of the medieval nails
were bound into the shape of a cross.
THE CROSS OF NAILS is a very powerful and inspirational symbol worldwide of reconciliation and peace. After the Second World War, Crosses Of Nails were presented to Kiel, Dresden and Berlin, cities shattered by Allied bombing. Out of the ashes grew a trust and partnership between Coventry and the German cities.
THERE ARE NOW 160 CROSS OF NAILS CENTERS AROUND THE WORLD ALL WORKING FOR PEACE AND RECONCILIATION
You will have to look closely at the photo to distinguish the Cross and the words "Father Forgive"