Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury Cathedral

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.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
248456
Names
Canterbury Cathedral
Cathedral and Metropolitical Church of Christ at Canterbury
Christchurch Cathedral
Coordinates
51.2797220° N, 1.0830560° E
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Aerial view of Canterbury Cathedral
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Aerial view of Canterbury Cathedral
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Timeline

597

St. Augustine of Canterbury baptizes King Ethelbert of Kent

602

St. Augustine dedicates cathedral at Canterbury

1067

Fire destroys Canterbury Cathedral

Oct 1077

Completion of reconstructed Canterbury Cathedral under Archbishop Lanfranc

1093

Anselm becomes Archbishop of Canterbury

29 Dec 1170

Martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket

1174

Penance of King Henry II

1184

William the Englishman completes Trinity Chapel and Corona at Canterbury Cathedral

1207

Exile of Canterbury Cathedral Clergy

1538

Henry VIII orders the destruction of Shrine of St. Thomas Becket at Canterbury

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National Heritage List for England Data

Canterbury Cathedral is listed on the National Heritage List for England with the following data. Some information may have become outdated since the date of listing. Text courtesy of Historic England. © Crown Copyright, reprinted under the Open Government License.

List Entry ID
1336823
Grade
I
Name
CHRISTCHURCH CATHEDRAL
Location
CHRISTCHURCH CATHEDRAL, THE CATHEDRAL PRECINCTS
Parish
Non Civil Parish
District
Canterbury
County
Kent
Grid Reference
TR1508457922

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 theis 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 form 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

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Bibliography

  1. Official Website of Canterbury Cathedral. Web. Accessed 1 Nov. 2016. <http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/>
  2. “CHRISTCHURCH CATHEDRAL.” The National Heritage List for England. Web. Accessed 8 Oct. 2013. <https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1336823>