How But­ter­mar­ket changed in 100 years

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Under The Umbrella -

Can­ter­bury’s well known But­ter­mar­ket is fea­tured here in pic­tures taken about a hun­dred years apart. Three of the city’s an­cient thor­ough­fares con­verge here, namely Bur­gate Street, Mercery Lane and Sun Street. It is also an area en­tirely un­touched by the Blitz, thanks to the ef­forts of the Na­tional Fire Ser­vice in halt­ing the spread of the in­cen­di­ary fire at nearby Butch­ery Lane.

The older pic­ture, from about 1900, shows the fa­mous Mar­lowe Memo­rial in its orig­i­nal lo­ca­tion. It was erected here in 1891, not long af­ter an oval­shaped cov­ered mar­ket build­ing had been de­mol­ished.

Soar­ing up be­hind is the bat­tered and weath­ered façade of the Christchurch Gate, which is now the main en­trance to Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral, al­though in the times of the pri­ory, it was mainly used as ac­cess to the lay ceme­tery.

In 1921, the Mar­lowe Memo­rial was moved to the Dane John, to make way for the city’s memo­rial to the Great War. This can be seen in the sec­ond photo, which dates from 1997.

Restora­tion and re­pair of the old early 16th cen­tury gate­way be­gan in the early 1930s and was com­pleted in two stages. The fi­nal stage of work was the re­in­state­ment of the two top tur­rets, which was com­pleted in the months lead­ing up to the Sec­ond World War. By the early 1950s, the But­ter­mar­ket was in use as a ca­sual car park. Later on still, the Mar­lowe Memo­rial went on the move yet again.

This time it was placed in front of the new Mar­lowe The­atre in The Fri­ars, where it re­mains to this day.

The But­ter­mar­ket in about 1900

The same view about a cen­tury later

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