Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Christchurch Gate, Canterbury

Christchurch Gate (built in 1517) is the main entrance to the cathedral precincts.

Buttermarket Square is immediately in front of Christchurch Gate.

From the Square are streets such as Mercery Lane - a narrow medieval street with overhanging buildings.

The bronze figure of Christ in the centre is a recent addition, a bronze figure installed in 1991 replacing a figure of Christ destroyed in 1642 by Parliamentarians.

The elaborate carvings and shields are dedicated to the last patron of the Abbey, Prince Arthur, brother to Henry VIII. Prince Arthur died in 1502, leaving the way to his younger brother, Henry VIII to succeed as King of England.