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It started to become redundant back in the 13th century, with the establishment of the even mightier defences down the road in Dover.

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The place belies its sober name with some astonishing exhibits: a silver Saxon portable sundial; a whodunit display on the life and still-perplexing death of Canterbury-born playwright and early Shakespeare rival Christopher Marlowe; a three-wall tapestry depicting the life-story and, yes, death-story of Thomas Becket. Do we have a patron saint of pedestrians? Fifty yards on is The Old Buttermarket, with Burgate to the right, Sun Street to the left and the precincts of the cathedral tantalisingly visible through the arch of the formidable gatehouse.

If the kingdom boasts a finer confluence of medieval thoroughfares than this, it has been keeping very quiet about it this past millennium. Appearances in such a movie-star of a marketplace can be deceptive. It was christened Buttermarket a mere two centuries ago to replace the not so nice name of Bullstake, which came from the use of dogs to bait bulls in order to make their meat more tender. Although now within touching distance of the cathedral, defer this pleasure a little while longer by heading up Sun Street which, as it tends north, turns into Palace Street, then The Borough, then Northgate.

Survivors from an archaic technology. Undaunted, take this road for yards where, just after the next roundabout, take a footpath to the left and walk along the bank of the eastern fork of the Great Stour.


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To gaze up at the intricate fan vaulting on the ceiling of its central tower, Bell Harry, is to court the mild hallucination of inverted vertigo. In height and spirit, this is a world away from the sombre area of the north-west transept, known bluntly as The Martyrdom. Here is the doorway through which the four soldiers came on 29 December and murdered the troublesome Becket. A Week in Provence. Julia R May. Bradshaw's Guide London to Birmingham. John Christopher. Sean Rothery. Paths to the Past. Francis Pryor.

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Walks Through History: Kent. Walk Knole House and Jack Cade's revolt 6 miles. Rommel And Caporetto. Hever Castle and two Tudor queens 5 miles. Walks Through History - Birmingham: Bourneville: the creation of a garden suburb. Walk 9. West Malling: Norman feudalism in action 5 miles. Walk 5. Reculver: Roman forts and Saxon churches 10 miles. Chevening: landscapes and landowners in Georgian times 4. Walks Through History - Birmingham.

Walk 4. Richborough and the Roman invasion of Britain 4. Walks Through History - Birmingham: Edgbaston: the creation of luxury suburbia. Sepetinizi inceleyiniz. Walks through History Kent ile John Wilks. Each walk in this book has been chosen not only because it is a pleasant walk in its own right, but also because it goes past sites which reveal the rich and varied history of the county.

Each walk is arranged chronologically, and has a major historical theme. Together they take the walker through 4, years of Kentish history. The introduction shows how each of the walks fits into the overall history of the county, a history that is very much shaped by Kents proximity to Europe.

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For through migration, trade and invasion, Kent has had close contact with the continent throughout its history. For a salt-dashed, sea-sprayed introduction to Kent, head out on a boat trip along its compelling coast. Or experience all the thrills of the African Savannah in rural Kent. Are you interested in visiting Gravesend?

Then why not book a tour to discover the essence of Gravesend, from history to hidden gems! People and Places, takes you on a tour of the historic St. Find out more here