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Canterbury Facts

Interesting and historical facts about Canterbury.

  • The name Canterbury - a cathedral city in southeast England - is derived from the French Caen. Canterbury Cathedral has a lot of Caen stone.


  • St Martin's Church in Canterbury is the oldest church building in England, and the oldest church in continuous use in the English speaking world.


  • The Equestrian term "canter" comes from the name Canterbury. Pilgrims on their way to Canterbury to visit the shrine of famous martyr Thomas à Becket, would ride at a "Canterbury Trot" as they approached the city, which was less tiring than a gallop. The term was later shortened to canter.


  • The Church of St Martin's in Canterbury was the private chapel of Queen Bertha of Kent, whose influence led to the introduction of Christianity to Anglo-Saxon England. Queen Bertha was canonized as a saint for her part in its establishment.


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