All ages enjoy Open Gardens weekend

All ages enjoy Open Gardens weekend

Young and old came along to our Open Gardens weekend and in warm sunshine enjoyed seeing the beautiful areas of the Cathedral and the Precincts. The gates to all five historic Canonical private gardens were open and visitors had the opportunity to explore and discover the areas not usually on view.  In addition to the gardens and green spaces, visitors had the rare opportunity…
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A conversation with: John Butler

A conversation with: John Butler

A Hungarian Becket relic is being brought to the Cathedral so we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to introduce another of the Cathedral’s dedicated guides, John Butler (pictured right) , author of a most fascinating book on Becket ‘Finding Becket’s Bones’. Tell us about yourself and your connection to the Cathedral? I worked at the University of Kent for 35 years…
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The mazer and the shoe buckle

The mazer and the shoe buckle

The mazer from St Nicholas’s Hospital Harbledown which is held here at the Cathedral is a curious thing. The name mazer has a Germanic origin, from the word masa, which means a spot. Mazers were made from a speckled wood, and are communal drinking vessels. The Harbledown Mazer is a typical 14th-century example. Mazers of this date are usually bowls…
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Summer party fun at Cathedral Lodge

Summer party fun at Cathedral Lodge

The Cathedral Lodge invites you to join a summer party on Saturday 9 July. You will be welcomed with a glass of Pimms and canapés in the beautiful Campanile Garden, overlooking the Cathedral, whilst being entertained by singer, Sarah Banks. A three-course dinner follows in the Clagett Auditorum and entertainment will be by seven-piece local function band, The Soul Monkeys…
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Falcon-cam captures birds eye view

Falcon-cam captures birds eye view

Two peregrine falcon chicks have hatched high up on Canterbury Cathedral’s iconic Bell Harry tower. The white chicks emerged last week from four eggs that were laid in the nesting box especially made for the parent birds by Cathedral carpenters. Director of Works Mark Sharratt said: “After the eggs were laid we waited expectantly but when nothing happened after the…
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Mazer on display

Mazer on display

  This month we have a new item on display in the Cathedral Crypt, a 14th Century Mazer, which is kindly on loan from the St Nicholas Hospital, Harbledown. NOTE: The mazer will not be on display from 4pm on Friday 27 May until 10am on Tuesday 31 May. A mazer is a bowl made from wood and was a…
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Cathedral treasures go out on loan

Cathedral treasures go out on loan

What do an old ship’s bell, a medieval book, some ancient slippers and a 20th Century painting have in common? They’re all objects from the Cathedral’s collections that will be going out on loan over the latter half of this year. From 24 hours to several months we will be sending precious and historically significant items out on display to…
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The Patron’s Lunch

The Patron’s Lunch

  On Sunday 12th June 2016, The Friends of Canterbury Cathedral will be taking part in The Patron’s Lunch, an event in honour of Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th birthday. The lunch is in the form of a classic British ‘street party’ and is being held on The Mall for 10,000 guests. The Friends are honoured and excited to have this opportunity…
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Becket relic arrives at Canterbury Cathedral

Becket relic arrives at Canterbury Cathedral

A fragment of bone believed to come from the arm of Thomas Becket has been brought to Canterbury Cathedral this weekend. The relic has come from Hungary, where it is held in the Basilica of Esztergom, to be the centrepiece of a week –long pilgrimage which finishes in Canterbury on Sunday (29 May 2016), Note: The relic will be on public…
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