A Canterbury Tale

Yesterday Cam Trad visited Canterbury, the historic city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The key attraction was the Cathedral, which has existed at that site since 597 AD, when Pope Augustine sent a monk, Augustine, to England as a missionary. Augustine established his seat at Canterbury, and became England’s first Archbishop. The Cathedral has since been rebuilt three times, the latest version being constructed in the late 14th century. This period also saw the site established as a popular pilgrimage site following the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in the Cathedral on the orders of Henry II.

The Cathedral boasts many impressive features, including the famous West Window (below left). This huge window was installed around 1190 AD and is one of the earliest depictions of humans in stained glass in Europe. The bottom seven panes depict the ‘Geneology’ – the ancestry of Christ – including a scene showing Adam in the garden of Eden. Sadly many of the other examples of glass-work have been destroyed by the Reformation, Puritanism during the Civil War and bombing during WW2, but fortunately some incredible examples still exist.

 

After extensive guided tours of the Cathedrals, the students attended various mini-lectures given by members of the faculty on a range of subjects related to Canterbury, before heading home to Cambridge for a well-earned evening of relaxation