28 Facts About Canterbury


Canterbury is a cathedral city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, situated in the heart of the City of Canterbury, a local government district of Kent, England.

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Canterbury is a popular tourist destination: consistently one of the most-visited cities in the United Kingdom, the city's economy is heavily reliant upon tourism.

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Canterbury remains a small city in terms of geographical size and population, when compared with other British cities.

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Canterbury was first recorded as the main settlement of the Celtic tribe of the Cantiaci, which inhabited most of modern-day Kent.

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Remembering the destruction caused by the Danes, the inhabitants of Canterbury did not resist William the Conqueror's invasion in 1066.

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Canterbury Castle was captured by the French Prince Louis during his 1215 invasion of England, before the death of John caused his English supporters to desert his cause and support the young Henry III.

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Canterbury is associated with several saints from this period who lived in Canterbury:.

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However, Canterbury surrendered peacefully to the Parliamentarians after their victory at the Battle of Maidstone.

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Canterbury Prison was opened in 1808 just outside the city boundary.

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Canterbury received its own radio station in CTFM, now KMFM Canterbury, in 1997.

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Canterbury is in east Kent, about 55 miles east-southeast of London.

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Canterbury enjoys mild temperatures all year round, being between 1.

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Canterbury Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Anglican Communion and seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

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St Thomas of Canterbury Church is the only Roman Catholic church in the city and contains relics of Thomas Becket.

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The ruins of the Norman Canterbury Castle have remained closed to the public since 2017 due to falling masonry, with plans for the site to reopen in 2021.

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Canterbury was baptised in the city's St George's Church, which was destroyed during the Second World War.

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One of the earliest named composers associated with Canterbury Cathedral was Leonel Power, who was appointed master of the new Lady Chapel choir formed in 1438.

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Canterbury Catch Club was a musical and social club which met in the city between 1779 and 1865.

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Some very notable Canterbury bands were Soft Machine, Caravan, Matching Mole, Egg, Hatfield and the North, National Health, Gilgamesh, Soft Heap, Khan and In Cahoots.

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Ian Dury, front man of the 70s rock band Ian Dury and the Blockheads, taught Fine Art at UCA Canterbury and performed in the city in the early incarnation of his band Kilburn and the High Roads.

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The Canterbury Orchestra, founded in 1953, is a thriving group of enthusiastic players who regularly tackle major works from the symphonic repertoire.

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Canterbury RFC were founded in 1926 and became the first East Kent club to achieve National League status and currently play in the fourth tier, National League 2 South.

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Canterbury West is served by High Speed 1 trains to London St Pancras, slower stopping services to London Charing Cross and London Victoria as well as by trains to Ramsgate and Margate.

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Formerly called the University of Kent at Canterbury, it was founded in 1965, with a smaller campus opened in 2000 in the town of Chatham.

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The Kings School in Canterbury is one of the top public schools in the United Kingdom, regularly featuring in the top ten most expensive school fees lists.

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Canterbury is served by 2 local radio stations, KMFM Canterbury and CSR 97.

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Composer Orlando Gibbons died in Canterbury and is commemorated by a marble bust and a memorial tablet in the cathedral.

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The grave of author Joseph Conrad, in Canterbury Cemetery at 32 Clifton Gardens, is a Grade II listed building.

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