Historic England: Canterbury
Unique Images from the Archives of Historic England
Series: Historic England
- Philip MacDougall
- Historic England
15th July 2019
This illustrated history portrays one of England’s finest cities. It provides a nostalgic look at Canterbury’s past and highlights the special character of some of its most important historic sites.
The photographs are taken from the Historic England Archive, a unique collection of over 12 million photographs, drawings, plans and documents covering England’s archaeology, architecture, social and local history. Pictures date from the earliest days of photography to the present and cover subjects from Bronze Age burials and medieval churches to cinemas and seaside resorts.
Canterbury’s history stretches back to the Romans and the foundation of the first cathedral in England in the seventh century. It became a renowned pilgrim centre following the murder of Thomas Becket in the cathedral in 1170, developing into one of the most important cities in medieval England. Canterbury also prospered through the textile industry, welcoming many French Huguenots. Although extensively damaged during aerial bombardment during the Second World War, this historic city today retains much of its ancient fabric alongside the newly developed areas of the town including the University of Kent, which was founded in 1965. This book will help you to discover Canterbury’s remarkable history.