Canterbury is simply undescribable. It feels so historical and medieval to be here. I can only hope that these photos will provide you with a sense of how neat it was to be here for an extended period of time.
On the left is one setting in "Canterbury Tales", an experiential tour. On the right is one of many half-timbered buildings in the center.
The half-timbered houses are everywhere!
Even the cars are medieval. This is a Bristol.
A small museum Walt stumbled on. It's on an island in the river and is NOT half-timbered! :-)
Along with all the neat feelings comes lots of tourists. Here we're looking down Mercery Lane towards the Christ Church Gate in front of the Canterbury Cathedral. The statue on the right is in the middle of the sqare shown below. This is directly in front of the main gate to the Cathedral.
There are many street musicians. This one has a very interesting instrument. Andrew tells me it's a hurdy-gurdy, a popular street instrument in bygone times (in French, a vielle). It is kind of mechanical violin, with drone strings for accompaniment.
The Canterbury Cathedral is the predominant feature from anywhere in Canterbury.
We see views of the Cathedral from a variety of locations and also from inside.
The fairly modern stained glass windows seen above were put in after extensive bombing of Canterbury during World War II shattered the older windows.
The Great Cloisters
There are many churches in Canterbury including St. Martin's reputedly the oldest parish Church in England. Here we see the Norman font inside and its gate.
The King's School inhabits buildings of the former cathedral monastery. These steps are from the Norman period.
Other scenes in the area....
Pictured above is St. Georges St. market. St. Georges is one end of the (straight) main street that runs from one end of the center to the other, but it changes its name at least three times within the 10 minute walking distance. On the right is the Norman era castle keep viewed from the bus.
One of the very attractive features of Canterbury's center is the impressive city wall. Just inside the wall is Lady Wooton's Green, a lovely park.
Here we see Dane John Garden and the Chrisopher Marlow monument from the city wall walk.
The Dane John Mound.
Inside the keep and a view of the wall from the outside.
If buildings are not half-timbered, their walls are often made of knapped flint.Here's some closeups of the building materials. Andrew also sent me these tidbits: "The flint facings are common to old domestic architecture in the south-east and east of England. This style is related to the cobblestone architecture of upstate NY, the difference being that in England the flints (or cobblestones) are "knapped," whereas in NY they are left whole. In Norfolk, the corner pointing of the building is typically done in red brick. This gives the building a bright and cheerful look, rather important in grey old England." (Thanks, Andrew!)
The River Stour runs through Canterbury.
These panoramas were taken along the river walk with in the center.
including the West Gate.
It's easy and relatively (as opposed to parking) inexpensive to take the bus to the center from campus. It's an easy half hour walk as well, but it's more difficult to get shots like these that Walt took from the front seat on the upper deck.
We're approaching the center's West Gate (on St. Dunstan's St., soon to become St. Peter's, then High Street, then St. George's). Will the bus make it through the gate?
There is a museum in the West Gate. Here we see St. Peter's St. (the other end of St. George's and the river walk from the museum.
Trip Report 5
Nan C. Schaller