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A new Historical Map of Canterbury

Updated: Jan 12, 2022

A team from C·A·T, including Paul Bennett, Jake Weekes, and the Outreach Team, have been working with Jackie Eales and Alex Kent of Canterbury Christ Church University and Caroline Baron and cartographer Giles Darkes of the Historic Towns Trust, to produce a new historical map of the city.

Highlights of the map itself would have to include the relative forms and locations of the Anglo-Saxon, Norman, and perpendicular Cathedrals, and much more that brings new perspectives to the history of the Cathedral Precinct as a whole; but there is much, much more to explore. It includes lots of value on the reverse, too, with a detailed, and illustrated, descriptive gazetteer of significant archaeology, buildings and streets. A great addition here is reproduction of a previously unpublished and beautiful early seventeenth-century map of the City held in the Canterbury Cathedral Archives. An essay on the topographical development of Roman Canterbury has been provided by Jake, taking account of the most recent findings and interpretations, with three accompanying phase maps. There is also an interesting overview of the twenty centuries of Canterbury, written by Paul and Jake, on the inside cover.

Detail of Canterbury Cathedral on the map

The map (ISBN 978-0-9934698-8-6) will be on sale from 12th April 2021, at only £9.99! And the project continues, as we now move on to the development of a Historic Towns Atlas for Canterbury, which will be part-funded from map sales.... watch this space!

Further details of the map and project can be found on the Historic Town Atlas website.

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