Chez WW in England

Chez WW in England

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Canterbury, England

03 June 2012

I had visited Canterbury many years ago. It was added to our farewell tour so I could take Andrew there. Canterbury is a beautiful ancient town. I wish we could have explored it more…but it was a rainy, windy and cold day. Helpful tip: wearing white pants in this weather is a disaster waiting to happen. And walking a white curly dog in this weather leads to a very muddy dog that requires a bath when you get to your hotel.

Canterbury is a historic cathedral town and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city dates back to the Palaeolithic times and throughout history has been home to Celts and Romans.

Following the martyrdom of Thomas Becket in 1170, the cathedral became a popular pilgrimage site. The cathedral was also important in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. When King Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries, the shrine of Thomas Becket was demolished and the gold, silver and jewels were taken to the Tower of London.

Canterbury is home to St. Augustine's Abbey which is the site of where Christianity was brought to England. The abbey has been demolished but the gate remains.

Canterbury, like all of England, was decorated to celebrate The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

After exploring it was time to take a break and eat. Since we had Brittany with us we were limited. And the weather was not fit for sidewalk dining. We found a place that served amazing wedges.

The Buttermarket.

Canterbury Castle is a Norman castle built soon after the Battle of Hastings on the Roman road from Dover to London. It was originally a motte and bailey castle. The stone keep was built during the reign of Henry I. Canterbury Castle became a county goal by the 13th century.

The mound in Dane John gardens is the probable motte from the Norman motte and bailey castle. Going back even further, it may have been a Roman burial mound.

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