Thursday, December 2, 2010

Canterbury - St. Peter's Street and High Street ...

... West Gate Towers (1380) ...
... one of the iconic landmarks of Canterbury, the old West Gate
stands at the west end of the High Street, beside the River Stour.
Generations of medieval pilgrims passed under the gatehouse arch on 
their way to the shrine of Thomas a Becket at Canterbury Cathedral ...
... for many years the West Gate served as the town prison ...
source: britainexpress.com
  
... road traffic now flows through the arch - it's a bit of an eye-opener
to see a modern coach navigate the narrow opening! ...
source: britainexpress.com 
   
... the former Church of the Holy Cross, Westgate; made 
redundant in 1973 and converted to the Guildhall in 1978 ...
 source: Jelltex 
  
the Sidney Cooper Gallery ...
by canterbury.ac.uk
... promotes the work of reputed contemporary artists who work
locally, nationally and internationally. It is owned by Canterbury
Christ Church University. It runs around ten exhbitions per annum.
Free entry
  
... the infamous counter culture shop The Third Eye,
777 Body Piercing on the 1st Floor ...
source: 777 Body Piercing
  
... Army Careers Information Office
Be the best - regular & territorial ...
  
... St Peter's Street direction High Street ...
  
... the Hobgoblin Traditional pub ...
 
All Saint's Lane ... (off St. Peter's Street) ...
by machadoink.com - Historic Canterbury
"Break Pot Lane"
  
... Huguenot weavers' houses near the High Street ...
    
... the Great Stour in the city centre (from King's Bridge) ...

... the Weavers Houses ...
 by machadoink.com - Historic Canterbury
... there was said to be approximately 126 master weavers and
another 1174 regular weavers in Canterbury, weaving silk, cotton,
wool, and making worsted and crewel yarns about the year 1665 ... 

... High Street sign ...
  
Eastbridge Hospital of St. Thomas the Martyr (1190) ...
by eastbridgehospital.org.uk
... it is a hospital in the old sense of the word
- a place of hospitality (for pilgrims) ...
     
... vintage RAC signs for the A2, 
this was once the main London to Dover road ...

... Caffè Nero - Queen Elizabeth's Guest Chamber ...
... formerly known as‭ '‬The Crown‭', now largely owned by "Caffè Nero",
who have done a really tasteful conversion of the building, 
and serve excellent coffee as well ...
source: Peter Collinson
     
  ... close-up of the pargetting-work on the front of the building ...
  
 by machadoink.com - Historic Canterbury
... the ornamental plaster work on the front of the building
was done c. 1698.  The date of 1573 refers to the time 
Queen Elizabeth reportedly stayed here ...

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