It will be 850 years since his dramatic murder on 29 December 1170 in Canterbury Cathedral, and 800 years since his body was moved on 7 July 1220 from a tomb in the Cathedral’s Crypt into a glittering shrine.
The events of 1220 were orchestrated to relaunch the cult of Becket, and ensured that Canterbury became the principal pilgrimage destination in England and one of the major pilgrimage sites within Europe.
During the 10th century, it became a formal community of Benedictine monks, which continued until the monastery was dissolved by King Henry VIII in 1540.
The present Archbishop, The Most Revd Justin Welby, is 105th in the line of succession from Augustine.Until the 10th century, the Cathedral community lived as the household of the Archbishop.More about Becket and the events planned for 2020 here The work of the Cathedral as a monastery came to an end in 1540, when the monastery was closed on the orders of King Henry VIII.Its role as a place of prayer continued – as it does to this day.Thankfully, the Cathedral itself was not seriously harmed, due to the bravery of the team of fire watchers, who patrolled the roofs and dealt with the incendiary bombs dropped by enemy bombers.
Today, the Cathedral stands as a place where prayer to God has been offered daily for over 1,400 years; nearly 2,000 Services are held each year, as well as countless private prayers from individuals.You will soon be looking at your matches so take our relationship questionnaire online and don’t look back.There are singles in Canterbury who are looking for love but how do you know that they are a match to you?St Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, arrived on the coast of Kent as a missionary to England in 597AD. It is said that Gregory had been struck by the beauty of Angle slaves he saw for sale in the city market and despatched Augustine and some monks to convert them to Christianity.Augustine was given a church at Canterbury (St Martin’s, after St Martin of Tours, still standing today) by the local King, Ethelbert whose Queen, Bertha, a French Princess, was already a Christian.During the Civil War of the 1640s, the Cathedral suffered damage at the hands of the Puritans; much of the medieval stained glass was smashed and horses were stabled in the Nave.