Oct. 10, 2018 (2)

We turned back in the gardens to leave out the same gate we entered - this time paying more attention to the buildings on the opposite shore of the river -

We shortly arrived at the Guildhall (the newer one) - formerly the Church of the Holy Cross, the church and its churchyard was given to the city in 1972...of course, we stopped to enjoy the lovely shaded 18th-19th century churchyard!
Right: Here lieth the Body of William May
the Son of Robt May who departed this
life June ye 23d. 1721 Aged 21 Years.
We then grabbed some lunch at a really great Turkish restaurant and then went back to the hotel to rest and pack - decided to get one more dinner away from the hotel and ended up at One Pound Lane...The Westgate towers were built in 1380 and became the City Gaol in 1453...
1 Pound Lane was built in 1829 as an extension to provide a home for the gaoler and his family. It subsequently became the Canterbury city police station in 1870 after the city gaol had moved. In 1907 the building was further extended to provide a parade room and additional police cells. When the police moved out the building (1965) it became home to Kent Music School, the former cells were used as practice and storage rooms and the upstairs Parade Room was used as a concert hall. The Cafe opened in 2011 with the restaurant and bar opening in 2014.

It was pretty cool and the food was good!
entrance into what used to the the Felon's Day Room..

Next up - we go home...


Oct. 10, 2018 (1)

After breakfast, we decided to walk about Canterbury one last time...

This church, for looking so simple, represents a great deal of recent Protestant history...This is St. Andrews United Reformed Church (URC).  The URC was the 1972 union of the Presbyterian Church of England and the Congregational Church of England and Wales. About 25% of the English Congregational Churches chose not to join the new denomination and remained the Congregationalists.  In 1981, the URC united with the Churches of Christ.  In 2000, the URC united with the Congregational Union of Scotland.  In a move into modern times, in 2012, the URC allowed the blessing of same-sex civil partnerships and, in 2016, they allowed its churches to conduct same-sex marriages
Jackson-Stops is a real estate agency with a great logo
so sad...the black on red just doesn't work...
The White Hart Inn has the largest beer garden in town

We then crossed the River Stour...
and entered the Westgate Gardens...Most of these gardens were originally submerged under the River Stour along the edge of which ran the Roman city wall.  The wall was substantially rebuilt in flint between 1378 and 1402, including the bastion which is now Tower House. The bastion was probably converted to a dwelling around 1850 and two wings added in 1870. In 1886 it was bought by Stephen Williamson, owner of the local Tannery, who later acquired the gardens and whose family lived there until 1935. In 1936 his grandson Stephen and wife Catherine Williamson gave the house and gardens to the city under a deed which required the space to be preserved as a public space for the benefit of Canterbury residents. Catherine was a city councillor and later became the city's first woman mayor from 1938-40. She was responsible for demolishing the Victorian wings of the Tower House and laying out the 11-acre gardens as a riverside park and walk. The house is now used as the Mayor's parlour.
Tower House
garden folly
the flowers were fading a bit, but still nice to see
another folly

It was a beautiful place and a lovely way to spend part of the morning!

Next up - more Canterbury...


Oct. 9, 2018

I still wasn't feeling well, so I rested while Dave went back to revisit his ancestral churches -

St. Pauls-Without-The-Walls: still an active church and is usually open for services; Dave was fortunate to come by just after the service...St Paul's church lies close St Augustine's Abbey, from whose original dedication to St Peter and St Paul the church takes its name. The church may possibly stand on the site of a Roman cemetery chapel, as it is situated just outside the Burgate, close to where Roman burials have been excavated. The original very early 13th century church consisted of only part of the current north aisle, which still contains the  original piscina for washing the sacred vessels in the northern wall.

and he also revisited St. Martin's...St. Martin's, Canterbury, is reputed to be the oldest parish church in England. Although much of the church dates to the 14th century, the fabric incorporates Roman bricks, suggesting a Roman-era church may have stood on the same site. The chancel dates to the 7th century, and the baptismal font is reputed to be the font at which King Æthelbehrt was baptized by St. Augustine.
What I love best about St. Martin's is the graveyard - it's wonderful...
This gentleman was easy to identify because of the badge
on his stone (plus the name and dates)-
Charles Cotton was a Knight of Grace
of the order of St. John of Jerusalem.  He was
honorary librarian of Christ Church Cathedral, Canterbury and died at the age of 83.
He was a well-known archaeologist and, in 1935,
wrote an article describing his discovery of a manuscript
which helped to identify the six kings represented on the
Cathedral screen.
the walls, like many in Canterbury, are made of flint
and, in this case, Roman brick

He was also able to go inside and reshoot some of his previous pictures that had not turned out as well as he hoped..
the baptismal font
inside...and, yes, that is a dog resting at the feet of
the person reading on the left...
I'm not sure if this picture was still at St. Martin's or if it was just something he spotted on the way back to the hotel, but I adore the graphic nature of it!

Next up - we both continue to explore the area...


Oct. 8, 2018 (7)

Leaving the cathedral, you go through a small garden straight to the gift shop (clever chaps!)...the rosebushes were valiently hanging on...

Of course we went through the gift shop.  Of course we bought books...and a tapestry...and the pattern for this guy...

We wandered around a bit - making sure to get some shots of the street we are pretty sure where one of his ancestors had a shop...we are certain they walked these streets - how cool is that?  Look how narrow they are!

We walked back past the cathedral gate - I loved the sculpture...
1990 bronze sculpture of Christ by Klaus Ringwald of Schonach, Germany

I also love English street names - this one is home of a former weaving school...

We thought the small door in another door next to the gate was odd...I'm sure it used to serve a purpose...
We wandered around some more, and then went to Richard Baker's office to visit for a while and then went with Richard and Jenny for dinner - I opted for the fish & chips - which came with, of course, English peas.

Next up - another day in the city...