History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The gate is a four-centred arch, surmounted by a stepped gable rising in five levels. The gable is pierced with a three-light window, above which is a small roundel window. The gateway is further decorated with diamond 'diapering'.
Though the gate is on the north side of St Dunstan Street, you might need to cross over to the south side to get a really good view to appreciate the decorative brickwork of the structure.
When More was executed for treason by Henry VIII, Margaret Roper was granted permission to take her father's head. This head she stored in the Roper family vault in St Dunstan's Church, just a few yards further along St Dunstan Street, where it became a destination for pilgrims, particularly following More's elevation to sainthood in 1935.
Roper Gate is on the north side of St Dundstan's Street, a few minutes walk west from West Gate and the River Stour. It is well worth walking a few minutes further west to visit St Dunstan's Church. As mentioned above, the best view of the gateway is from across the street, where you can more easily appreciate the decorative Tudor brickwork design.
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About Roper Gate
Address: St Dunstan Street, Canterbury, Kent, England
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: On the north side of St Dunstan Street, a few hundred yards up from West Gate.
Roper Gate Photos
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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