Canterbury Cathedral by Cecil Aldin


Canterbury Cathedral


Cecil Aldin

Ref GM668
Type Fine Art Print
Image Size 12" x 16" (30 x 40 cm)
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Cecil Aldin’s charming view of Canterbury Cathedral was produced for his beautiful book, Cathedrals and Abbey Churches of Old England, which was first published by Eyre and Spottiswoode in 1924. The history of Canterbury Cathedral goes back to 597 A.D., when St Augustine established his seat (‘cathedra’) in Canterbury, having been sent to England as a missionary by Pope Gregory the Great. Canterbury is famous for any number of reasons including, perhaps most significantly, the murder of Archbishop Thomas a Becket in 1170. It also serves as the destination of the pilgrims in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, and is of course also the seat of the head of the Church of England. Augustine’s original building lies beneath the current cathedral, which was rebuilt completely by the Normans and Archbishop Lanfranc in 1070 following a major fire. Subsequently there have been many additions to the building, but the essential skeleton is Norman and owes its inspiration to Lanfranc. Cecil Aldin wrote that “all men are drawn today to Canterbury, some to admire the architecture, some to see the birthplace of Christian history in England, some, mere sightseers, to visit an ancient city … Canterbury is still the gateway of England.”