The ‘stronghold of the people
of Kent", this cathedral city on the River Stour
was once the regional centre of the Romans (Durovernum).
It was also the county’s capital in the days of
the Anglo-Saxons. In the year 602 St. Augustine
founded Christ Church and an abbey.
The present cathedral was started in 1070 by Archbishop Lanfranc and it was here that Archbishop Thomas Becket was murdered by Henry II’s knights in 1170. Although Becket’s shrine was destroyed during the reign of Henry VIII, the cathedral still contains the tombs of the Black Prince and Henry IV.
St. Martin’s Church, which possibly pre-dated St. Augustine, is believed to be the oldest church in England still in use. A World Heritage Site, the city has combined its past with its present cosmopolitan sensibility and has two theatres and a prestigious shopping centre.