St Peter’s Methodist Church, St Peter’s St, Canterbury CT1 2BE
Thursday 26 May, 4pm (tea from 3pm)
Georgian Canterbury was a thriving city. Assembly rooms, pleasure gardens, and an annual race meeting helped satisfy the recreational expectations of a leisured elite and the city even had its own mineral springs (on the site of the Pound Lane car park). Its appearance was transformed as an act of parliament authorised a wide-scale programme of ‘improvements’ (which required householders to cut back protruding windows).
Timber-framed buildings acquired new brick frontages and a vast barracks complex was built along the new Military Road. Canterbury was the undoubted social and commercial centre of east Kent but its significance did not extend beyond its own region. It was never able to compete with fashionable centres such as Bath – or even its upstart neighbour Tunbridge Wells.
Doreen Rosman, whose new book Canterbury since 1500: the story of a city and its people will appear later this year, will explore such topics in a talk preceded by tea and home-made cakes. Join us to enjoy them and find out more about this fascinating period in our city’s history.
Tea is from 3-4pm and the talk from 4-5pm.
This talk is a Festival fundraising event, all are welcome.