WWI through the eyes of a Vicar of St George’s Deal

WWI through the eyes of a Vicar of St George’s Deal

Introduction The last 100 years have given historians ample opportunity to reflect on the First World War which began in the late summer of 1914. But how was the conflict perceived by people at the time? Parish magazines, an often under-used historical resource, are the pamphlets containing the news and events of local communities. They can provide fascinating insights into…
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Letters from the Front

Letters from the Front

I am always amazed by how fate sometimes lends a hand or points us in a direction that we’d never even considered. That happened to me recently. Someone told me the Receiver-General had been given a list of all the World War I memorials within the Cathedral and its Precincts. Having been able to blag a copy of said list…
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Hundreds fill Cathedral Crypt to hear best selling Author

Hundreds fill Cathedral Crypt to hear best selling Author

Hundreds of people packed the ancient Crypt of Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday 26 March to hear the bestselling Author Ken Follett deliver a lecture entitled ‘Why Cathedrals’. The sold out event was part of an exclusive tour of five Cathedrals to mark the 25th anniversary of the global bestseller ‘The Pillars of Earth’. The evening provided a rare opportunity to…
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The Bishop’s Tale

The Bishop’s Tale

In February, we had the pleasure of welcoming 26 bishops to our annual Bishops’ Conference. The eight day course is designed for those in the early years of Episcopal ministry. Since its start in 2004 we have welcomed over 200 bishops from all corners of the Anglican Communion to share their experiences in the company of others. The aim of the conference is to help…
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Canterbury is passing GO

Canterbury is passing GO

The Cathedral will feature in a new ‘Canterbury’ edition of the much loved and famous board game Monopoly. The announcement was made under the shadow of the Cathedral’s iconic Bell Harry Tower on Tuesday 8 April. The historic city beat 19 other Kentish locations in a county-wide contest. A final six had been shortlisted in a public vote. More than 6,000 votes were cast….
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The Great South Window

The Great South Window

As you walk into The Precincts and glance to your right, you will notice scaffolding around the Cathedral’s South West Transept.   What is behind the scaffolding? Hidden behind the scaffolding is The Great South Window: • It was built in the 1420s in Perpendicular Gothic architectural style. • It is the widest window in the Cathedral: 16.76m (55’) high…
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Open Gardens 2014

Open Gardens 2014

The historic and beautiful private gardens of Canterbury Cathedral will be open to all on the weekend of the 24 and 25 May 2014. This popular annual event, which has been held for over 10 years and run in connection with the National Garden Scheme (NGS), unlocks several private and secret gardens within the Cathedral grounds; and in the process, raises…
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National award for ‘Paintings in light’

Léonie Seliger, Martyn Barr and Bob Newport

A recently published book exploring the Cathedral’s majestic stained glass, has scooped a major national award. ‘Paintings in Light’, written and designed by Canterbury-based author Martyn Barr and published in association with Canterbury Cathedral, was runner-up in the children’s publication category of the Association for Cultural Enterprises’ 2014 Annual Awards. The 56-page guide offers a fascinating insight into the history of stained…
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