Canterbury Cathedral Canterbury, England

Majestic architecture and venerable history are what bring most visitors to Canterbury Cathedral but it is also full of wonderful art details, from medieval stained glass to hidden Green Men.

Southwest Exterior
Holly Hayes

Facts & Stats

Best Known As
Canterbury Cathedral
Full Name
Canterbury Cathedral
Also Known As
Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ at Canterbury
Christchurch Cathedral
51.279696° N, 1.082883° E  (map)

Contact Info

The Precincts
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December 29, 1170
Martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket Canterbury Cathedral
Penance of King Henry II Canterbury Cathedral
September 5, 1174
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March 1539
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Listed Building Description

944 THE CATHEDRAL PRECINCTS Christchurch Cathedral TR 1557 NW 5/1 3.12.49 I

The original church on the site was one built for Roman Christians. St Augustine reconsecrated the church in 602 AD.

The present building is a mixture of building styles from the C11 to the present day. The exterior is built mainly of Caen stone. On the East side some Romanesque arcading is visible though most of the stone work dates from 1175-84, built by William of Sens and William the Englishman, or from the late C14 to mid-C15 rebuilding. The south-west tower was built in 1424-34, the north-west tower is a replica of this built in 1832-41. The central "Bell Harry" tower of brick faced with stone was built between 1494 and 1503 and is one of the first brick structures.

7 bay Nave with clerestory, built between 1378 - 1410. Choir and Corona built by William of Sens and William the Englishman. Very fine early Romanesque crypt of 10 bays and Chapel of Our Lady of the Undercroft.

Listing NGR: TR1511457922

Further Resources

  1. The National Heritage List for England: 1336823, /resultsingle.aspx?uid=1336823. Historic England.
  2. Official Website of Canterbury Cathedral. Official source.