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Festival Walks

As usual our Friends group is offering daily (sometimes twice daily) walks during the Canterbury Festival.  These walks are a major fund-raiser for the trust and we are most grateful to those who have agreed to lead them.  If you want to come you must buy tickets in advance through the festival bookings – bearing in mind that many of our walks book up very quickly.  All walks this year will cost £8 (of which FCAT gets a proportion) and last around two hours.

Monday 20 October, 10am
Canterbury in the Nineteenth Century: Doreen Rosman
Explore the diversity of Victorian city life: slums and elegance, cattle market and iron foundry, brothels and a missionary college
Meeting Place:  Lady Wootton’s Green (off Broad Street)

Monday 20 October, 2pm
The Village of Charing: Sarah Pearson
Throughout the Middle Ages Charing belonged to the Archbishops of Canterbury. See its medieval palace, old church and village street.
Meeting Place: Charing Parish Church

Tuesday 21 October, 10am
Introductory Tour of the Dover Western Heights:  Keith Parfitt
A circular tour, with an experienced archaeologist, of some of the most interesting parts of Dover’s Western fortifications. Moderately strenuous.
Meeting Place: Public car park adjacent to St Martin’s Battery off South Military Road, Dover (OS reference:  TR 313 407)

Weds 22 October, 10am
The Jews of Canterbury : Jonathan Butchers
A walk and talk through Canterbury showing the medieval and early modern sites relating to Jewish life in the city.
Meeting Place: The Old Synagogue, King Street

Thursday 23 October, 10am
The King’s School Canterbury: Mary Berg
From Marlowe to modern times: a walk through King’s School’s history with tales of its buildings, pupils and masters.
Meeting Place: The Mint Yard Gate, The Borough

Thursday 23 October, 2pm
Tour of Medieval Sandwich: Sarah Pearson
We will take in the central area and buildings of this once thriving port, discussing its origins, growth and decline.
Meeting Place: Town Quay Car Park (Fisher Gate)

Friday 24 October, 10am
The Village of Bridge: Meriel Connor
An iron-age helmet; Roman armies; stage-coaches; grand houses; a racecourse, a railway, war-time tanks – and more.
Meeting Place:  Bridge Parish Church

Saturday 25 October, 10am
The Story of Canterbury: Doreen Rosman
From the Romans to the eighteenth century remodelling of the city. See and hear how life changed over the centuries.
Meeting Place:  Lady Wootton’s Green (off Broad Street)

Saturday 25 October, 2 pm
Canterbury’s Medieval Hospitals: Sheila Sweetinburgh
Some ancient hospitals withstood the upheavals of Henry VIII’s reign.  Some still fulfil functions envisaged by their medieval founders.
Meeting Place: Maynard’s Hospital, Hospital Lane (off Stour Street)

Sunday 26 October, 10 am
The Stones of Reculver: Geoff Downer
A look at the history, construction and building materials of the walls of the Roman fort and St Mary’s Church.
Meeting Place:  Public car park at Reculver

Monday 27 October, 10 am
The Village of Harbledown: Peter Berg
An Iron Age fort, a medieval leper hospital, the Black Prince’s well – all part of the story of Harbledown
Meeting Place: St Michael’s Church, Harbledown

Monday 27 October, 2 pm
A dry pub-crawl!  David Birmingham
300 inns and taverns have graced Canterbury since Chaucer’s time.  This walk will discuss a dozen of them.
Meeting Place:  Canterbury West Station

Tuesday 28 October, 10 am
The Director’s Walk: Paul Bennett
Explore iconic medieval buildings – a church, an inn, a shop, and a house or three – with the Archaeological Trust Director.
Meeting Place:  The Buttermarket

Tuesday 28 October, 2 pm
James Beaney:  A Canterbury Lad Made Good: Alan Barber
Rags to riches story of this remarkable Victorian character, benefactor of the Beaney Institute.
Meeting Place: St Mary’s Hall (former church), Northgate, Canterbury

Weds 29 October, 10am
Elham: a village shaped by its medieval market: Derek Boughton
An easy walk round the village, looking at the street pattern and historic buildings.
Meeting Place:  The Square (by the church)

Thursday 30 October, 10am
Walloons and Huguenots: Michael Peters
Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Canterbury was full of French-speaking refugees, who left a lasting mark on the city.
Meeting Place:  The Buttermarket

Thursday 30 October, 2pm
History of Canterbury in around 30 objects: David Lewis
The BBC charted world history in 100 objects.  Explore Canterbury’s history through 30-odd street objects and oddities.
Meeting place: Corner of Monastery Street and Longport

Friday 31 October, 2pm
Canterbury’s River: David Birmingham
A Roman river-side city became a medieval borough of monastic water-mills and evolved fine municipal gardens
Meeting Place:  Castle Grounds, Gas Street

Saturday 1 November, 10am 
Canterbury Cathedral Precincts: Maureen Ingram
The towering Cathedral tempts us to neglect its immediate surroundings but its precincts contain much to interest and surprise.
Meeting Place:  The Buttermarket


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