Details of the stonework, including the red and white Tudor Rose. The gate was built to celebrate the marriage of Catherine of Aragon to Henry VIII’s older brother Arthur. Arthur died, Henry married Catherine and the course of history changed.
The Nave of the cathedral, which is 14th century. Canterbury is the oldest cathedral in England and is where Saint Augustine set up the first Christian church in 597 AD at the order of Pope Gregory the Great.
The Martyrdom. Canterbury Cathedral was one of the most important sites of pilgrimage in medieval Europe (think Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales) because of what happened here in 1170. When, after a long lasting dispute with the Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Becket, King Henry II is said to have exclaimed “Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?”, four knights set off for Canterbury and murdered Thomas Becket here. The modern sculpture on the wall represents a cross with two swords. With the shadows created by the strong light there are represented the four swords of the four knights who beheaded Thomas Becket on this spot.
Monastic ruins in the Cathedral precinct. Following my visit to the cathedral I took a guided walk around the city. The walk goes into the Cathedral grounds and covers the history of the Cathedral but you don’t go inside, which is why I visited beforehand.
Charles Dickens wrote of this house: “a very old house bulging out over the road…leaning forward, trying to see who was passing on the narrow pavement below”.
After my walk I had lunch here at the Moat Tea Rooms. It was then time to collect Mark from his conference and drive back to Liverpool, which took the four and half hours it was meant to take rather than the seven or so it did the day before!