HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Charles I may have spent his wedding night in chambers over the gate
Fyndon Gate is the original gatehouse to St Augustine's Abbey. It was rebuilt from 1301-1309 by Abbot Fyndon. In 1625 Charles I and Henrietta Maria stayed in the State Chambers over the gatewaty arch on their wedding night, following their marriage in Canterbury Cathedral. Elizabeth I is also reputed to have been welcomed to the State Chambers.
The gate is flanked by very tall twin towers, fancifully decorated with statues and embellished with crenellations. In front of the gate is a long green space named Lady Wotton's Green. A garden area stands in the green, with statues of King Ethelbert and Queen Bertha, who welcomed the mission of St Augustine to Kent in 597 AD.
After the abbey was dissolved by Henry VIII the abbey buildings were converted to a number of other uses. The gatehouse served for some time as a brewery under the ownership of Messrs. Bennett and Beer, who produced St Augustine's beer (naturally!).
The gate was damaged by bombs in WWII, and had to be rebuilt, with the result that some of the stonework is obviously a slightly different colour than the remainder.
About Fyndon Gate
Address: Lady Wootton's Green, Monastery Street, Canterbury, Kent, England
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Easily accessed on foot from the city centre; follow signs for St Augustine's Abbey
Fyndon Gate Photos
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