St George's Tower
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The church where Christopher Marlowe was baptised.
The church was expanded several times from the 12th to 14th century; a testament to the rapid growth of medieval Canterbury. During one of these expansions in the late 14th or early 15th century the current clocktower was added. At that time it would have stood within the west nave of the church. It features a crenellated parapet and two-light windows in Perpendicular style.
When the nearby church of St Mary Magdalene in Burgate was largely demolished in 1872, St George's was expanded again to take in the extra parishioners. However, this enlarged church of St George was not destined to last, as the church was badly damaged by German bombs on 1 June, 1942. That same raid totally destroyed the nearby house in which Christopher Marlowe was born.
The church was demolished in 1955, but the tower was saved to stand as a historic landmark.
About St George's Tower
Address: High Street, Canterbury, Kent, England
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: At the eastern end of High Street. Easy stroll from the cathedral gates and TIC.
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