Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Hops & Vines Part 2...

Day two of our long weekend away found us heading for historic Canterbury, it's skyline dominated by the stunning cathedral, the oldest in England.

Canterbury Cathedral's history goes back to 597AD when St Augustine, sent by Pope Gregory the Great as a missionary, established his seat (or 'Cathedra') in Canterbury.  In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered in the Cathedral and ever since the Cathedral has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told famously in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

Here is a quick summary of the Cathedral's history, you can read more here.  The best know event in the Cathedral's history was the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170, you can read about him here.

Through the Centuries
597               St. Agustine arrived in Kent and soon established the first Cathedral
1070 - 1077 Cathedral rebuilt by Archbishop Lanfranc
1098 - 1130 New Quire built over a Crypt (present Western Crypt)
1170             Thomas Becket murdered in the Cathedral
1175 - 1184  Quire rebuilt. Eastern Crypt, Trinity and Corona Chapels added (all as seen today)
1220              Becket's body placed in new Shrine in Trinity Chapel
1377 - 1405  Lanfranc Nave demolished and rebuilt as seen today; Cloister vaulting inserted
c1450           Pulpitum Screen constructed
1498             Bell Harry Tower extended and the Cathedral largely complete as seen today
1538             Becket's Shrine destroyed by Henry VIII
1540            Monastery dissolved by royal command
1541            New Foundation of Dean and Chapter established
1660 - 1704 Repair and refurbishing after Puritan damage
1834            North West tower rebuilt
1954            Library rebuilt, repairing War damage
1986            Altar of the Sword's Point (Martyrdom) restored
1988            Compass Rose placed in the Nave
2000            International Study Centre opened in the Precincts

We took photographs as we walked round the quaint streets of Canterbury and were able to take photographs in the Cathedral, so I've put together a slide show with the best, showing just how beautiful the town and the Cathedral are.

The next stop on our intinerary was Faversham and the Shepherd Neame Brewery.   The story of Shepherd Neame began in1698 when Captain Richard Marsh of the Cinque Ports Militia, a mayor of Faversham, founded a brewery over an artesian well in the town's Court Street, then known as North Street.  At that time, Faversham was a bustling port, and already enjoyed a brewing tradition dating back to the 12th century when King Stephen founded a Benedictine abbey just yards from the present brewery site.   It didn't take the Cluniac monks long to discover that Faversham's pure spring water could be combined with locally-grown malting barley to produce a particularly fine ale.   You can read further about the history of Shepherd Neame, Faversham here.

We enjoyed a tour of the brewery, learning about the brewing process from start to finish, before retiring to the private bar to enjoy a sample of some of the brewery's famous ales. Here's a slide show of the workings of the brewery.

Another fabulous day was had by all and unfortunately it was time to head back to the hotel.  There again we still had tomorrow's itinerary to look forward to, so I hope you will join me for Hops & Vines Part 3.


Melanie said...

BEAUTIFUL pictures!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

A Daft Scots Lass said...

What a beautiful old cathedral!

Beach Bum said...

Becket's Shrine destroyed by Henry VIII

Don't know how accurate it is but I learned a lot form watching the Tudor's series. Henry could be a twit, but he would fit right in with most American politicans now.

Dianne said...

I could spend hours taking photos of the cathedral!
it's magical

MorningAJ said...

I've visited you over at Flickr. Cool photos!

Valerie said...

An enjoyable tour. Loved the slide shows. You certainly manage to cram in a lot on your weekends away.

Daryl said...

You make retirement look so fun!!

Banker Chick said...

As my grandson would say: I'm liking this trip.

Ron said...

Well, being someone who adores visiting churches and cathederals, I LOVED this post!!!!

AWESOME slide show! LOVED the photos of the stained glass windows. Bellissima!

Thanks for sharing, m'dear! Thoroughly enjoyed!

Looking foreward to Part 3!

P.S. I didn't realize you could make slide shows from your Flickr photos. I may have to try that with my own photos.

Akelamalu said...

So glad you enjoyed them Melanie :)

Yes Canterbury Cathedral is amazing Scots Lass :)

The Tudors was mostly factually correct I think Beach and Henry could be a twit sometimes.

Oh me too Dianne, cathedrals are fascinating!

So pleased you like them AJ, MWM took most of them. :)

We try to see as much as possible Valerie, there's so much to see in this country isn't there?

Oh Daryl it is, it really is! :)

We liked it too Bankerchick LOL

I knew you'd like them Ron. I only went onto Flickr yesterday as SLIDE have closed down so I had to find another avenue to produce my slide shows. It took me a while to work it out but I did it. :)

Empress Bee (of the high sea) said...

what an interesting trip! and let's see some more of that cute hair now!!!

smiles, bee

Anonymous said...

As you know, this is my neck of the woods. I love Canterbury and was there twice this year. And many moons ago I worked and lived in Faversham. I was a reporter on the Faversham Times and every year the brewery invited us for a private tour. Much free ale was consumed! Glad you had a great time

Cloudia said...

you live among histories and share them with us, Ake. SWEET!

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Bijoux said...

Amazing! The cathedral resembles St. John the Divine in NYC. Maybe St. John's was modeled after Canterbury's?

Linda said...

My hometown here in Connecticut is named Canterbury after the one that you visited but I guarantee you that it looks NOTHING like this Canterbury! What a beautiful place and one that I would most definitely like to get to someday.

Until that happens, though, thank you for sharing!

Akelamalu said...

It was a very interesting day Bee. I'll try to get some more photos of the hair. ;)

It must be 30 years since I'd last been in Canterbury Dumdad, so it was lovely to go back. It's a fabulous place and we enjoyed Faversham too. :)

Yes we have so much history here and it's great that we are finally getting to experience it Cloudia :)

That's interesting Bijoux, maybe you could find out if it was modelled on Canterbury Cathedral?

Linda you would absolutely love our Canterbury, especially the Cathedral. I hope you get to see it one day. x

G-Man said...

Great History Lesson Ake...
Gonna miss you on Friday...(HUG)

nitebyrd said...

Just beautiful! Your travel posts are so much better than The Travel Channel!

Travis Cody said...

It's hard sometimes to even imagine seeing buildings that are so old.