Celebrating Canterbury's Rich Heritage


Published  June 2018

It is 30 years since three buildings in Canterbury were inscribed onto the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Canterbury Cathedral, with its stunning mixture of Romanesque and Perpendicular Gothic architecture; the modest Church of St Martin, the oldest church in England; and the ruins of the Abbey of St Augustine, a reminder of the saint's evangelising role in the Middle Ages. According to UNESCO: “All three buildings are directly and tangibly associated with the history of the introduction of Christianity to the Anglo-Saxon kingdoms.”

Christ Church is exceptionally proud of its unique connection with the World Heritage Site – the North Holmes Road campus occupies part of the St Augustine's Abbey site dating back some 1,400 years, providing a remarkable link between the University and Canterbury's ancient past.

To celebrate this landmark anniversary, Inspire asked historians from Christ Church and beyond to write contributions on their favourite aspects of Canterbury's rich religious and cultural heritage.


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