TR1557 : Tower, City walls

taken 10 years ago, near to Canterbury, Kent, Great Britain

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Tower, City walls
Tower, City walls

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Canterbury City wall & gates :: TR1457

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.

The West Gate is Grade I listed and a scheduled ancient monument.
The city walls are a scheduled ancient monument.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 14 May, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 19 October, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Boundary, Barrier  Defence, Military 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 1504 5751 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:16.5683N 1:4.9055E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TR 1504 5751
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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