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Published: June 10th 2015
Canterbury Cathedral - World Heritage and site of the murder of Thomas Beckett
We have noticed on our travels that it is unusual for us to visit any famous building such as this without being presented by an array of scaffolding at some point or other on the site
Woken in the night by the wind outside and sure enough when we got up in the morning, the lovely early summer weather we’ve enjoyed so far had vanished to be replaced by very cloudy skies and an icy wind.
Not pleased, had quite enough of freezing wind-chill throughout May and had hoped for better things now we are into June and much further south.
Back to cold weather gear as Bob got the scooter out of the Tandy garage and I rode on the back, into Canterbury, not in my usual scooter gear of suntop and shorts but jeans and fleece topped with waterproof. Brrrr.
Bob found a handy free scooter parking spot just outside the city walls and we parked and walked in.
This is a obviously a very popular city visit spot for hoards of French school children. Hundreds of them and we presume they can quite easily hop across the channel for a day trip as we are so close here to the ports.
The main attraction in Canterbury is of course the Cathedral which is quite wonderful. We had to pay to go in but
at least now we are officially old we get a concessionary rate.
The stained glass windows are incredible. Many of the big windows down the side are clear glass but old glass all the . The coloured glass ones though are really rather sensational and I took quite a few pictures.
At one point, trying to take a photo with my pretty useless new HTC phone so I could post it to my Facebook page I hit the wrong button and locked my phone Sim right out. Ooops. Fortunately managed to work out how to reset it later when I got back onto the internet once back at the campsite. I really don’t like to be without my technological gadgets nowadays.
I said a warm hello to my ggg* uncle King Henry lV who is buried in the Cathedral and took a photo of his tomb for my family tree records.
The Cathedral is most famous as the place where Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, was killed by accidental order of his friend King Henry ll (my 23rd
G Grandfather or so my family tree records show) when
he uttered the words “who will rid me of this meddlesome priest”. So some of his knights did.
The Cathedral has been a pilgrimage site ever since especially as it lays claims to several miracles.
I should have remembered the Thomas Becket story without having to check it as I studied it for French A level in the book by Jean Anouilh.
Throughout the Cathedral we wove our way through crocodiles of French school children but managed to get a view of the superb decorations, statues, carvings and tombs which fill the building.
Outside again and still unfortunately not in the sun we strolled round the city. There are some lovely medieval buildings but also a lot of shops. We were offered several trips on the river but we could see that the waiting boatsmen in the punts were themselves wrapped up against the cold so declined.
We had lunch in a rather nice Valerie (my first name) Patisserie then a wander through the shops, stopped to buy sister Liz a birthday present before returning to the campsite on the scooter.
supposed to be a little warmer tomorrow. We do hope it is.
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