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Mercery Lane and Christchurch Gate, Canterbury, Kent, England, Great Britain
Canterbury, Kent.

Mercery Lane and Christchurch Gate.

This is the view of Christchurch Gate, the main entrance to the cathedral precincts, seen from Mercery Lane - a narrow medieval street with overhanging buildings.

This lane used to be lined with shops selling souvenirs to pilgrims and leads into Buttermarket Square immediately in front of Christchurch Gate.

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Burgate Street, Canterbury, Kent, England, Great Britain
Canterbury, Kent.

Burgate Street used to start at Burgate, one of the original Roman gates into the city, and by the end of the Middle Ages the Burgate, or St Michael's gate as it was often called, was already over twelve hundred years old.

It was rebuilt in the late fifteenth century but was finally demolished in three stages. First the middle was knocked out in 1781 then in 1809 the south side of Burgate was taken down and finally the northern tower was demolished in 1822.

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Butchery Lane, Canterbury, Kent, England, Great Britain
Canterbury, Kent.

Butchery Lane is another of Canterbury's medieval streets which runs parallel to Mercery Lane and into Burgate Street. I imagine that this would be the equivalent of York's Shambles both being used for butchering and selling meat.

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