Canterbury Journals

Canterbury: The Guide's Tale

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A November 2004 trip to Canterbury by Mutt

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Quote: The city is justifiably renowned for the awe-inspiring Canterbury Cathedral that stands at the very heart of the town but there is plenty more to explore as I will show in this journal.

Canterbury: The Guide's Tale

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Overview

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The Roman town of Durovernum was founded in 43AD, and the few relics that remain from this time include the burial mound at Dane John, the foundations of the bathhouse in the cellar of Waterstone’s, and the magnificent mosaic at the Roman Museum in Butchery Lane.King Ethelbert of Kent (r.561-617) adopted Cantwarabyrig as his new capital. When St Augustine arrived in 597, Ethelbert became one of his first converts to Christianity and provided land for the foundation of an abbey and its minster. This survived Viking raids of 839, 850, and most devastatingly, 1011, ...Read More

YHA Canterbury

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Hotel

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The official youth hostel is about one mile east of the city centre, housed in a curious, rambling three-story Victorian villa that is easy enough to get lost in, with its split levels and winding staircases. Beds are in reasonably sized, four-person dorms, complete with a small writing table and chair, and cost a shocking £16 for members, with a £2 surcharge for non-members. Sheets and thin blankets are supplied, but be warned -- the heating system isn’t great, and the rooms can get a little chilly. Indeed, the hostel closes from early December until January. The price seems high, even though it does include a reasonable breakfast, served from 8am until 9am in the dining room. Recept...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 10, 2004

YHA Canterbury
54 New Dover Road
Canterbury, England
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Canterbury Tales

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Attraction | "The Canterbury Tales"

Canterbury Tales Photo, Canterbury, England
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Despite its numerous literary connections, from Christopher Marlowe (1564-93) -- Elizabethan playwright, spy, and possible real Shakespeare -- to Mary Tourtel (1874-1948) -- illustrator of the sartorially challenged bear, Rupert -- no author has been more closely linked to the city than Geoffrey Chaucer (1335-1400), and yet there is no real evidence that he was ever even here.The author, whose Canterbury Tales published in 1476 as the first book to be printed in English, was born in London as the son of a vintner and entered royal service as a page in...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 15, 2004

Canterbury Tales
St Margaret's St
Canterbury, England

West Gate Museum

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Attraction

West Gate Museum Photo, Canterbury, England
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The first striking image you see of the town will doubtless be that of the imposing West Gate at the top of the High Street, on the way to Canterbury East Station on the northeast edge of the old town. This was built by master mason Henry Yevele, who constructed the nave of the cathedral, at the behest of Archbishop Sudbury in the late 14th century but was completed too late to fend off the Peasant Rebellion led by Wat Tyler, which captured the town in 1381 before proceeding to London, where they caught up with Sudbury and had him beheaded at the Tower of Londo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 21, 2004

West Gate Museum
St Dunstan's Street
Canterbury, England

Exploring Canterbury

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Story/Tip

St George's Tower Photo, Canterbury, England
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The city is justifiably renowned for the awe-inspiring Canterbury Cathedral that stands at the very heart of the town, but there is plenty more to explore. Our tour begins outside the Tourist Information Centre on the Butter Market, opposite the main entrance to the cathedral, where the War Memorial marks an area that was heavily damaged during the dark days of the war. Searching for targets that would demoralise the British public, the Nazis turned to the Baedeker Guidebook and chose Canterbury, amongst other treasured sites, for aerial bombing. The so-called Baedeke...Read More