TR1457 : Canterbury City Walls

near to Canterbury, Kent, Great Britain

Canterbury City Walls
Canterbury City Walls
From footbridge over Pin Hill, outside the city walls. Dane John mound to rear.
Canterbury City wall & gates
Canterbury was surrounded by a wall in Roman times. Traces survive here and there. A fragment of the Roman Queningate can be seen in the city wall opposite St. Augustine's Great Gate, and further up, nearer Burgate, the Roman foundation of the wall is visible.

The walls are mentioned in several Anglo-Saxon documents. In 1011 the Danes succeeded in breaking into the city, slaughtering the inhabitants, and tossing them over the walls.

It has not yet been established whether the Roman and Saxon walls ran altogether on the same line as the later medieval walls, but about 1100 A.D. the city fortifications included the same area as they did to the end of the 18th century.

There were six gates in use in medieval times:-Northgate, Burgate, Newingate, Ridingate, Worthgate and Westgate. Later another came into existence, Wincheap Gate. The walls were frequently rebuilt and reconstructed but never called upon to withstand any real siege after 1011, though the city represented an important strongpoint in the system of national defence.

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The West Gate is Grade I listed LinkExternal link and a scheduled ancient monument LinkExternal link
The city walls are a scheduled ancient monument LinkExternal link
Dane John mound
Sitting just inside the city walls in Dane John gardens, a conical mound, rising 80 feet, which historical records date back to at least the 1st century AD.

Visitors can take a spiral path to the top where there is a monument, dated 1803, to Alderman Simmons, who paid for much of the landscaping in the gardens.
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Saturday, 12 February, 2011   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 22 February, 2011
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