All illustrated by slides, not Powerpoint

Booking Details

Area    Kent/Medway                                       Time  Any, by arrangement

Fee      £60+, depending on size of audience, plus travel and opportunity to sell my books 

As requested                              Follow-up Visits possible

Telephone  01227-765745, after 6 p.m.   E-mail:


I Archaeological  

1.      New light on . . . Roman/ Saxon/Norman/ pilgrim Canterbury from recent archaeology

2.      The Big Digs

3.      The Cathedral digs of 1993 and the Anglo-Saxon Cathedral

4.      The World Heritage Site: St Martin's Church, St Augustine's Abbey, Cathedral Builders: three great architects

II Historical

1. Why is Canterbury Cathedral where it is ?

2. Lanfranc: inheritor or new broom ?

3. Becket: Canterbury's second martyr and other Becket titles by arrangement

4. Grey, Black and White: Canterbury's friars

5. The Worthy Poor: Canterbury's eight almshouses and their survival

6. The Strangers: Canterbury's weaver immigrants

7. Civil War Canterbury and William Somner

8. Canterbury in the Age of Improvement

9. The Canterbury-Whitstable Railway

10. Canterbury and the Gothic Revival

1l. Kent and the Dissolution of the Monasteries

III Literary

1. Christopher Marlowe and Canterbury

2. Literary Canterbury from the Monks to Maugham and after

also Who was Mary Waring ? The story of a 1706 sampler

...and two appreciations:

Many thanks for turning out on a cold night and giving us such a thrilling lecture…we have tried to make sure that all our speakers are either good historians or experts at what they do.  Your contribution was a milestone on that road.

Thank you so much for a quite superb follow-up tour of Canterbury.  Apart from the fountains of knowledge that gushed forth you did so much to add to the warmth of the evening.