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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 12th century Norman Staircase
In 1538 Henry VIII dissolved the abbey of St Augustine and Christ Church priory at Canterbury Cathedral. But in 1541 Henry established a new school, housed in many of the former monastic buildings surrounding the cathedral.
Most of these school buildings are grouped around Green Court, within the cathedral precincts, but over time the school has taken over other historic buildings in the city.
Among these are Fyndon Gate, the grand 14th-century gatehouse of St Augustine's Abbey. Near the main school buildings around Green Court is the Norman Staircase, a superb 12th century covered stair, which originally led to a hostel for poor pilgrims.
Among the famous students who have attended King's School over the years are William Harvey, W. Somerset Maugham, Hugh Walpole, Christopher Marlowe, and John Tradescant.
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About King's School
Address: 25 The Precincts, Canterbury, Kent, England, CT1 2ES
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: The main entrance to King's School is off The Precincts, at the end of Palace Street.
Website: King's School
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