CANTERBURY, ALL SAINTS
High Street Canterbury Kent CT1
Records held for this parish
Not to be confused with
All Saints/St Albans Garrison Church
Several All Saints
churches have stood on the site, pictured, on the corner
of High Street and Best Lane. Hasted says that
'anciently' All Saints belonged to Eastbridge Hospital.
In 1986 an archaeological
dig found evidence of the Medieval and Victorian church
buildings. After the dig when the
street was repaved the footprints of buildings the
archaeologist had found were marked on the street by
coloured bricks. Road works in 2012 saw the removal of the coloured bricks and when
repaved this useful outline was replaced by plain grey slabs.
Although one is inscribed to say
that All Saints church once stood here its
usually covered by tables and chairs from the coffee
shop currently inhabiting the corner building hence few people
will see it.
medieval church encroached on both High Street and Best
Lane. It was also said to be 'low and damp' hardly
surprising as it was so close to the river. This
building was the venue in the early seventeenth century
of a musical fanfare from its tower to greet the first
Stuart King James and his eldest children Princess
Elizabeth and Prince Charles [later Charles I] when they
By 1769 Canterbury had
become a coaching stopover between London and the coast
and the road over Kingsbridge had to be widened to allow
vehicular access to the inns in the city centre. As part
of the road works All Saints steeple was demolished as
it was in the way.
A new Regency Church of
yellow brick with white stucco was constructed in 1828.
This church was set back from the building line of its
predecessors so as not to jut onto either thoroughfares.
In 1878 the style was updated to a Gothic building with
a square tower.
All Saints parish
underwent a parish merger in 1684 with the parish of St Mildred
with St Mary de Castro and in 1902 another merger
joined the parish with St Alphege. All Saints
church now being redundant the building was used as a community hall until
1937 when it was finally demolished
Pictured right is a small
garden off Best Lane which was once the graveyard of All
Saints church. Some of the remaining grave
stones have now been moved to surround the edge of the garden.
The garden was renamed 'Three Cities
Garden' in 2010 to commemorate 25 years of
three way twinning [or should it be tripleting?] between
Canterbury, Vladimir in Russia and Bloomingdale in USA.