Canterbury Castle House Guest House

28 Castle Street, Canterbury, CT1 2PT, United Kingdom
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Forum Posts

Name of Buried

by kharvey

I have a picture of a shrine with a man on his back with hands together as if in prayer. It was taken in the basement and I believe it held a real body within the statue of the man. Can you tell me who this is/what it is about?

Thanks. I'm using this in an English class I'm teaching.

RE: Name of Buried

by leics

http://www.canterbury-cathedral.org/history/history.htm seems to indicate your photo can't be of Thomas Becket's shrine, or his tomb, as they was destroyed on the orders of Henry Vlll in 1538. Nothing remains of them, certainly not an effigy which once contained a body; the site is marked by a pink granite stone and a candle.

The type of effigy you describe is common in English churches and cathedrals, both in the crypt (your 'basement') and the main part of the church. Bodies were not placed within the effigy, but beneath them. Hands crossed across chest, or in prayer, are both common. Crossed legs, on effigies of early Medieval knights, meant death in battle. Ornamentation on such tombs could include elements of the knight's coat of arms (e.g. the Warwick bear), and/or religious elements and symbols. Some early tombs are two-tier, with an effigy of the person (most often male) above and a cadaver/skeleton effigy below, showing how the body decays and thus stressing the importance of the soul.

You could email me the photo (if it's scannable) in case there are any other clues, but I suspect it will remain unidentifiable. Certainly not Becket anyway. Sorry!



RE: Name of Buried

by leics

Oh....just seen it on your homepage (I think). Definitely not Thomas, top decoration of recess is twiddly mid-Medieval architecture (14th/15th century, maybe bit later) but tomb itself looks much later to me. Not a knight (no armour) and not a royal (no crown). Probably not a top cleric either (no mitre).

Travel Tips for Canterbury

In the evening

by kentishgirl

We are university town, we have 2 uni's and a college along with an art school. So the culture here is quite diverse.
During term time on a Friday and Saturday night the town is buzzing and much busier than it is out of term time.

When we go out in the evening to eat, we usually make a reservation in advance! Ive many a time seen people walk into restaurants on special occasions such as valentines day, just to be turned away! So if you fancy eating somewhere its a good idea to book, even if you only do it on that day!

The Interior Of Canterbury Cathedral...

by coceng

Canterbury is the origins of The English Christianity. It is the site where St. Augustine, the monk sent by Gregory the Great to Christianize the English, baptized King Etherbert of Kent on Whit Sunday in 597. Augustine became the first Archbishop of Canterbury, and his church, dedicated to Christ Jesus, was later burned by the Danes during the reign of Archbishop Alphege.
My photo is showing John Wastell 's Bell Harry Tower. Completed in 1503, shows the florid fan vaulting typical of Gothic period last phase...Read more HERE...

Don't Miss The Excellent and Delicious Food

by julijanik about The Old Weawers House

If you feel like having a delicious dinner in a romantic surrounding, just visit this restaurant.It is situated in the heart of the city. The food is really of high quality. You can get there everything, starting from burger and ending with boatman platter full of delicious sea-food. I would advice to try chicken a sparagus, It really tastes wonderful.The veal mushroom is also yammy ..

Mexican

by kentishgirl about Cafe Des Amis

Food is always excellent, service is great and the place is buzzing with a cheery atmosphere - ALL OF THE TIME.

A fab place to go in a group. Cocktails are excellent, and again all of the food i have had has always been really good.

Try enchilladas, fajitas, burritos, guacamole etc etc

Sunday Lunch

by kentishgirl about The Old Gate Inn


This is a great place, I was here for dinner last Sunday....it has a fabulous atmosphere, was fairly quiet and spacious....
I had a superb Beef roast! The meat was cooked to perfection, the vegetables and potatoes were stunning!

It was very reasonably priced too...only about £6 each for Sunday Lunch!

As I can NEVER resist a pudding....I had the chocolate brownie.....mmmmmmmmmmmm!

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