On Monday we day tripped to Canterbury & Rye, two places we’ve talked about getting to for a very long time.
Canterbury town, from the west train station
Canterbury Cathedral, the Church of England’s seat, is the primary draw for visitors. Canterbury is to Anglicans what Rome is to Catholics, and multitudes still flock here on pilgrimage. The cathedral is enormous, set in almost 30 acres of church-owned grounds.
Fortunately for them – unfortunately for us – the cathedral received two large restoration grants this year. Exterior and interior were swathed in scaffolding and temporary supports as lead and stone were removed for treatment.
The cathedral’s architecture ranges from early Norman (11th century) to Gothic perpendicular (14th century – high gothic, to non-Brits). Glorious stonework!
Below are Victorian era stained glass windows, depicting people important to the history of the cathedral. The people are shown on one end of the chapter house, with their exploits in the window opposite.
Canterbury Cathedral grounds, which host a school and a large administrative complex.
Leaving Canterbury, we detoured 3 stops to Rye on our return trip to London.
We were just in time to climb the bell tower in St. Mary’s church.
St. Mary’s features one of the oldest still functioning medieval clocks (installed 1561).
Rye is visited for its (very hard to walk on) cobblestone streets and quaint architecture. It was late in the day and drizzling, so we didn’t venture the 2 mile walk to Rye’s harbor.