Mark went to his conference meeting while I checked in to my B&B, Yorke Lodge. Mark was staying nearby at another hotel courtesy of the conference he was attending.
We passed St Dunstan’s Church, where Sir Thomas More’s head is buried in the vaults. More was the Lord Chancellor and a trusted councillor of Henry VIII but was beheaded by the King because he opposed England’s break from Rome during the Reformation. St Dunstan’s is also where King Henry II changed into sackcloth on his pilgrimage to Canterbury Cathedral in 1174 to make penitence for the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Saint Thomas Beckett.
On the left of this picture is an example of the houses built by the Huguenot weavers who came here from France. They needed large windows to work by in order to get the maximum amount of light into the room.
We had dinner at a highly regarded Canterbury restaurant called The Goods Shed. It sits next to the railway line and is a converted railway building once used to store various produce traveling in and out of the region. During the day it is also a marketplace.
After dinner I walked Mark back to his hotel so he could prepare for his presentation the next day. I then wandered through the streets to get a glimpse of Canterbury Cathedral at twilight. This is the entry gate into the Cathedral complex.
The sun was going down and the cathedral’s bells were ringing nine. I didn’t realise but the gates to the Cathedral grounds are closed at this time – I just made it out otherwise I may have been stuck there all night!