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By the eighteenth century  Canterbury had become a coaching stopover and the road over Kingsbridge had to be widened to allow vehicular access to the inns in the city centre.

 

 



 

CANTERBURY, ALL SAINTS 
Once stood on the corner of High Street and Best Lane Canterbury Kent CT1

Not to be confused with the twentieth century church of 
All Saints in Military Road

The corner of High Street with Best Lane Canterbury where once stood the church of All Saints

Records for this parish date from: 1559

Parish Records - Catalogue Reference No. - CCA-U3-9 1

Monumental Inscription inside the church 1621-1769 2

Monumental Inscription in the graveyard 3

Several All Saints churches have stood on the site, pictured, on the corner of High Street and Best Lane.  In 1800 Hasted observed 'It is a building ... built of rubble stone, covered with plaister (sic); seemingly of about Edward III's reign. It consists of two isles and two chancels, having a turret at the west end of the south side ...in which is a clock and only one bell.4 '

In 1986 an archaeological dig found evidence of the Medieval and Victorian buildings and the street was repaved in coloured bricks to show the footprints of those buildings. However, in 2012 the coloured bricks were replaced by plain stones and the exact position of the church is no longer apparent to passers by.

The church is situated not far from the river and was said to be damp.4 In 1769 All Saints steeple was demolished as it was in the path of the bridge and road widening.4 A new Regency Church of yellow brick with white stucco was constructed in 1828. It was set back from the building line of its predecessors so as not to jut onto either High Street or Best Lane.  In 1878 the style was updated to a Gothic building with a square tower. 

All Saints parish underwent several mergers with adjoining parishes. In 1684 the parish joined St Mildred with St Mary de Castro and in 1902 it joined with the parish of St Alphege. All Saints church then became redundant as a place of worship and became a community hall until 1937 when it was demolished.2

All Saints Churchyard High Street Canterbury now a garden

Burial Ground - the small garden off Best Lane was once All Saints churchyard. Some remaining grave stones now edge the garden.

In 2010 the garden was renamed 'Three Cities Garden' to commemorate 25 years of twinning between Canterbury, Bloomingdale in USA and Vladimir in Russia.

References
1
Canterbury Cathedral Archives
2
Kent Archeologically Society
3
Historic Canterbury - www.machado.ink
4
Hasted, Edward, The Historical &Topographical Survey of Kent'  Vol. II (1800) p 210
Tricia Baxter, Webmaster David Wood, Branch Chairman

Page updated06 December 2014