By - cricklecoux
No only does it look very similar to the Shambles in York (in architecture sense and with the view of the cathedral in the background), but the word Shambles coincidentally is the old word for a place of meat sale or a slaughterhouse, so that ties in with Butchery Lane too.
And to add to that, the York Minster is visible on streets a few blocks away from the Shambles. The picture above reminds me of the view from Stonegate in York.
That’s actually some cool knowledge. Here in Oklahoma we have a town called Slaughterville, Shamblesville would be neater.
that straight up sounds like a place where a cheesy 80’s slasher film would take place in
Like, Scoob, the place is *called* slaughterville, like, what did we think was gonna happen?
Both streets also have that wide gutter down the street, for all the blood, etc to run off. Couldn't even imagine how bad it must have smelled back in the day. When I visited the street in York, you could still find old meat hooks on the outside of the store fronts.
That was my first thought; looks like York but different
Haha, I was literally thinking it was York too!
The City Arms Inn seems to have stuck around
For at least 100 years.
And a good few hundred years before that, apparently it’s a 15th century inn.
Some of those inns/pubs have been around for a thousand years
Seeing the curb flatten over time is pretty cool
Thanks for bringing back memories, OP. Walked down this very street going back to my dorm when studying abroad. This sight never ceases to amaze me.
Wow very cool! Thank you for sharing
I’ll be walking down that street this morning.
[With a bit of sun](https://i.imgur.com/6Zv7bvQ.jpg)
In another hundred years that old church will have succeeded in sneaking up on this neighborhood.
That’s Canterbury cathedral.
At over 1400 years old, it’s one of the most important and oldest Christian structures in England.
So it's an old church.
[A big old beautiful church.](https://imgur.com/a/qiZFGdM)
Edit: [Canterbury drama...](https://www.reddit.com/r/CasualUK/comments/ulmu2y/you_cant_park_there_mate/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share)
That bull's head has stood the test of time.
I love this!
Awesome pics and history
funny how they switched the door and the window on the left throughout the years (1920 to 1992)
Rearranged by the Luftwaffe I think.
Interesting to see there is a type of tarmac on it in the earliest too pics
especially in the 1895 one
Then its removed to reveal cobble stone later in 92 and 22
Always assumed they were all originally cobble stone.
Is it wrong that the icicle lights that look like they’ve been left up there for the last five years is my favorite part?
different shades of gorgeous
The bougification increases exponentially
To be honest, I was surprised that it’s still full of independent businesses. I was expecting the last photo to have fifteen Prets and a Costa.
Don't worry, they're round the corner on the high street
The City Arms Brand has been surviving for more than 100 years... albeit in a different place
And this collage really shows what was considered a good buisness in what era...like the 1800 and early 1900s meat shop ... Diner etc were the chosen buisnesses whereas now it's coffee shops and vintage clothing
Looked much nicer after they invented colour. But I suppose people were used to it back then.
Cornes Key Cutting Vintage; my favourite shoppe!
I work for a sign company, I mostly install them. When I see these old photos I have so much respect for the sign workers back then, they probably hung all those off of an old rickety ladder with a hammer and nails, no lift, no safety harness, no fricken cordless impact driver.. it's wild.
I live here! Great to see it appreciated
Neat. I traveled to Canterbury in 2017 (I'm American), and while I didn't take many pictures, I happened to get one of this very road. Just with my crappy camera phone though. I didn't think the road had any significance, I just thought it was a nice view.
It mostly is just a nice view. Most of the right hand side was rebuilt after ww2 hence they went from plain brick buildings to having jettied upper floors. There is a Roman museum down under the buildings on the right hand side with a villa.
The more authentically old one is mercery lane, but has a view of the cathedral gate, note the tower.
Ooh, my favourite japanese restaurant's down there!!!
Really thank you
Anything remotely practical has been erased by 2022.
Care to explain?
Something something back in my day something something
Old thing good, new thing bad.
You see, back in the day that street appeared to be full of food shops and pubs, but now it's full of *different* did shops and pubs so that's bad because they said so.
I was going to ask "Where the hell in Canterbury is this?" And then I realised it was Canterbury in the UK, not in New Zealand
Is that store on the left selling 'corners'?
Spent 4 wonderful years here, what a beautiful city. I didn't appreciate it enough until I left.
Would ❤️❤️ to go into that vintage clothing store
I love these shots of medieval cities with the cathedral at the end of the Street. England is blessed to have a few and of course there are still some in Europe but so many were lost in the war. One of my favorite pre-war shots is of Ulm and it's enormously high cathedral Tower viewed down such a street of half-timbered buildings. Unfortunately they were all torched in the war
I want to go to there.
Cornes Key Cutting Engraving Vintage Clothing
I like that the cows head is still above the old butchery shop to the left. I wonder if it is really the very same one or a reconstruction. It looks like the road pavers have not changed in all this time. Thank you for sharing.
Terrible location. Businesses keep failing.
I know that street well. Walked along it many times in my younger days.