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Further to the information already given on our ‘Canterbury Images’ page, this particular page lists specific categories of archive photographs, where we have multiple images available. Most collections have a Canterbury theme; but there are some that do not. All the categories are listed below, with two example images shown for each individual collection. Other headings will be added at a later date. Terms and conditions for the acquisition of digitally scanned images from this page are exactly the same as those shown on the ‘Canterbury Images’ page. Likewise, e-mail enquires are welcomed, and discounts will be given for multiple purchases
The sale of all scanned images does not include permission to publish in any format. However, their use for publication can be negotiated with Paul Crampton Books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 CANTERBURY SUBURBS AND SURROUNDINGS

 

 

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  The images in this category are those featured in the book of the same name, recently published by ‘The History Press’. This book features many lost scenes never before published. In addition, variants and alternative views to those seen in the book are also available here.  Some of the more recent images will be in colour.                                      

Canterbury Suburbs and Surroundings. Ivy Lane 1950s

 

 

Canterbury Suburbs and Surroundings. Station Road West St. Dunstan's, 1910

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

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     EAST KENT BUSES AT WORK, AND FOR SCRAP

  For nearly a century, this local bus company has operated routes radiating out from the City of Canterbury. The images available come from across most of this time period, and feature many buses at work in the City, as well as those awaiting disposal or languishing in the scrap yard. Again, some recent images are in colour.


 

 

 

       East Kent Buses for Scrap. (Buses Scrapyard)

 

 

St. Stephen's Road Garage, Canterbury.

 

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THE BROAD OAK VALLEY


  Since the 1970s, this twin-pronged valley to the north of Canterbury has been blighted by a proposed reservoir: a scheme that has recently been revived.  Situated between the villages of Broad Oak and Tyler Hill, many of the valley’s houses and farms have disappeared in the last three decades.  This collection features virtually every lost scene and building, as well as many of the people who once lived in the valley.

 

 

 

 

Brambles Farm Broad Oak Canterbury 1990s Reservoir Site

 

 

Vale Farm 1900s Broad Oak Canterbury Reservoir Site

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CANTERBURY’S LOST HERITAGE


  The images in this category are those featured in the book of the same name, recently reprinted by ‘The History Press’. Lost churches, City gates and schools are amongst those pictures featured here. Variants and alternative views to those seen in the book are also available for purchase. Covers nearly a millennium of the City’s history.

 

 

 

 

Canterbury's Lost Heritage. Stour Street. 1960

 

Canterbury's Lost Heritage. Theatre Royal. Guildhall Street. 1926

 

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THE BLITZ OF CANTERBURY


  In the early hours of 1st June 1942, Canterbury photographer Mr W. Fisk-Moore began a detailed record of the Canterbury blitz, whilst the fires were still being dampened down.  His unique archive, together with many more images from other sources, are all available in this category.  Includes lost churches and the Cathedral.

 

 

 

Canterbury Blitz 1942. Longmarket, St George's Street

 

Canterbury Blitz 1942. Prince George and Dean Hewlett Johnson

 

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CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL


  Many rare engravings, drawings and photographs of this world-famous and much cherished Cathedral – both external and internal – are featured in this category, including those surviving from the Fisk Moore archive. Other Cathedral views can be found under the ‘Canterbury Blitz’ and ‘Cathedral Precincts’ categories.

 

 

 

Canterbury Cathedral Exterior, 1900s

 

 

Canterbury Cathedral Interior, 1900s

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  THE GREAT STORM OF 1987

 

  On the morning of the 16th October 1987, a ‘Great Storm’ or ‘Hurricane’ devastated much of South East England. In Canterbury, part of Holter’s Mill collapsed, as did the parapet of the Roper Chapel at St. Dunstan’s Church. Vast trees were also torn up in the Dane John, Westgate Gardens and on Miller’s Field. The colour pictures are from Canterbury and across East Kent. ‘Before’ and ‘After’ pairings are also available.

 

 

The Great Storm October 1987 - Before. Westgate Gardens, Canterbury, Kent

 

The Great Storm October 1987 - After. Westgate Gardens, Canterbury, Kent.

 

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  THE LOST PUBS OF CANTERBURY

 

  The recent decline in the number of public houses seen on our streets is not a new phenomenon.  In late Victorian Canterbury, there were no less than 165 licensed premises; today, there is only a small fraction of that number left. This photo collection includes pubs lost to the blitz and demolition, as well as those closed inns that survive in a new guise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Nag's Head, Dover Street, 1931. Canterbury Kent. (Lost Pubs)

 

The Vauxhall Tavern, Sturry Road, 1965. Canterbury Kent. (Lost Pubs)

 

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THE PRECINCTS OF CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL

 

  It may be surprising to learn that the Cathedral Precincts occupy nearly 25%, or one whole quadrant, of the old walled City. Canterbury residents seldom see much of this vastly historical area, and access to most of it is strictly limited. And yet, there are significant fragments of many ancient monastic buildings still to be discovered behind those ‘Private’ signs.  Both archive and modern views are available in this collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canterbury Cathedral Precincts. Necessarium Ruins c1860.

 

Canterbury Cathedral Precincts - Cellarer's Hall Ruins c1900.

 

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  THE WHITEFRIARS AREA OF CANTERBURY

 

  Occupying much of the south-east quadrant, no other part of Canterbury has seen more changes than that historically referred to as the Whitefriars.  A combination of bombing, and protracted post-war demolition across this area provided a blank slate for comprehensive redevelopment from the mid 1960s to the early 1970s.  The whole process was repeated again in early 2000s. Photographs are available from all periods, some of which originally appeared in ‘Yesterday’s Whitefriars’, now out of print.

 

 

 

Simon Langton Schools c1900. Yesterday's Whitefriars, Canterbury Kent

Gravel Walk and Rose Lane, 1987. Yesterday's Whitefriars, Canterbury Kent.

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  BEFORE THE CHANNEL TUNNEL

 

 

 

This particular collection contains photographs of every building lost during the construction of the Channel Tunnel Terminal and its access roads, combining family snaps, professional survey materials and many personal images of the changes. A few archive views of the affected area also available. Some of these pictures originally featured in the book of the same name, currently out-of-print.

 

 

A20 Newington. Before the Channel Tunnel, Cheriton Kent

 

Danton Pinch. Before the Channel Tunnel, Cheriton Kent

 

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  THE 1953 CORONATION IN CANTERBURY

 

  Celebrations in the City took the form of street parties, decorated buildings and vehicles, fancy-dress parades, local ‘coronations’ and a lavish two-day-long historical pageant along the city wall ramparts.  All of the above are represented in this category. Some pictures were originally featured in ‘Canterbury 1945-1975’, which is now sadly out-of-print.

 

 

 

Rosemary Lane, Canterbury Kent. Coronation Celebrations 1953.

 

Dane John Canterbury Kent. Coronation Celebrations 1953

 

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  THE NORTHGATE AREA OF CANTERBURY

 

  In the 1830s and 1840s, a new grid of streets was laid across a large part of the suburb of Northgate, which had recently been used to site temporary barracks during the Napoleonic wars. The houses built here were largely to accommodate the soldiers, and their families, stationed at the permanent Infantry Barracks in Sturry Road. By the late 1950s, these houses had become life-expired and a massive slum clearance programme began. This collection includes pictures of most of these lost dwellings.

 

 

 

 

 

New Ruttington Lane. Northgate Canterbury

 

 

Military Road, Northgate Canterbury

 

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  RAILWAY SCENES IN AND AROUND CANTERBURY

 

  Until the early 1950s, Canterbury was a significant railway hub, and although the Canterbury to Whitstable and Elham Valley lines are no more, the City still boasts two main line stations.  This collection includes scenes from the lost lines and archive pictures from all of the railways in this area, including a detailed survey of the now lost extensive coal yard at the West Station. 

 

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Goods Shed, Station Road West, Canterbury. 1986.  

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elham Valley Railway. Bridge near Canterbury.

 

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  AERIAL AND PANORAMIC VIEWS OF CANTERBURY

 

  Taken from either an aircraft or a tall City building, including the Cathedral, this category includes many panoramic scenes from across the 20th century, including a high-level RAF mosaic survey from the late 1940s, and a lower level aircraft survey from the same period.  Many views from the Cathedral show the blitzed City and, later, its progressive rebuilding, spanning the years from 1942 to the early 1970s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canterbury Cathedral and Burgate, 1920s.

 

 

 

 

Catsle Street, Tannery and Gasworks, Canterbury. Late 1920s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  ART DECO BUILDINGS IN THE CANTERBURY AREA

 

  Buildings in the ‘International Moderne’ style of the 1930s were never common in the Canterbury area. However, those that were built are fine examples of the genre. This modest collection includes examples of some lost buildings and those still hanging on.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canterbury Area art deco buildings Hospital Opening July 1937

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canterbury Area art deco buildings. Chez Laurie Thanet Way, Herne Bay

 

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  TRANSPORT IN AND AROUND CANTERBURY

 

  This category is largely based around the cars and lorries to be seen on the City streets from the 1930s to the 1970s. Also featured are archive garage scenes from both Barrett’s and Invicta Motors: the two principal Canterbury dealers. General street scenes are included, as are some buses, but please see the ‘East Kent Buses’ collection for that specific company. 

 

  Dennis Lorry, Thanington, Canterbury, c.1920s.

 

 

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Ford Cars in The Parade, Canterbury. 1935.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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