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Photobox: Castles of England

by Peter Kessler, 31 July 2012

The ruins of Canterbury Castle lie in the south-east of the city, overlooking the Wincheap roundabout. The castle replaced an earlier version on a high mound known as the Dane John (now part of the Dane John Gardens). Built in the mid-1080s, the site of the new castle had to be cleared of houses and tenants belonging to St Augustine's Abbey. It became one of the three royal castles of Kent. Falling out of regular use in the sixteenth century, it was already a partial ruin by the eighteenth, while the largely intact city walls lost all but one of their medieval gates.

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Canterbury Trust



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