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Kent War Memorial, Canterbury, Kent, England. - Canterbury

Kent War Memorial, Canterbury, Kent, England.

Kent War Memorial.

I'm not sure how many people actually come here in the height of the tourist season, but when I visited it was totally deserted, albeit that there were many people visiting the Cathedral itself. For this reason I have made it an off the beaten path tip.

It is a war memorial and cloistered garden laid out at the rear of the Cathedral (assuming you've entered through the main gate) and is dedicated to the men and women of Kent who fell in the Great War 1914 - 1918.

The monument itself is of a fairly typical design, but there are a few interesting things to be seen.

The memorial was the idea of George Robert Canning, 4th Lord Harris, and a plaque to him is on the wall outside the garden (see second photo). I particularly like the smaller plaque (the upper of the two on the right) which depicts his love of cricket!

Within the garden and set in a wall to the rear is a stone (see third photo). If you look closely, you can just about make out that it was taken from the Cloth Hall in Ypres (Flanders) which was the scene of a horrendous batle in WW1. I can only assume that the stone was "liberated" as the building had suffered damage during the war.

The last photo shows a door set into the Cathedral precinct wall at the rear of the garden, which I just found aesthetically pleasing and photographed. I have no idea as to it's age or history.

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  • Written Oct 20, 2005
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