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A glimpse of medieval North Lane

A watching brief is currently being maintained by Andy Linklater before some new cycle stands are installed near Westgate and it perhaps isn’t surprising that traces of medieval buildings, close against the river, have been observed.

As a diversion during his lunch break yesterday Andy superimposed the first edition Ordnance Survey (grey)¬†over the present day street layout (red). It seems that North Lane in 1874 (probably then as it had been for centuries) was no wider than the present pavement. Admittedly the pavement is relatively wide here, but a reminder nevertheless of Canterbury’s medieval street scene.
medieval North Lane

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