Canterbury Archaeological Trust, the Historic Towns Trust and Canterbury Christ Church University are creating a Historical Map of Canterbury

Canterbury is one of England’s best-known and most visited cities. It is also one of its most historic.

Founded before the Roman conquest, the city became a Roman provincial capital with a theatre and temple complex. After Augustine arrived in 597, Canterbury was a key Christian centre and eventually the seat of England’s premier archbishop. Following the murder of Archbishop Thomas Becket in the cathedral in 1170, it was a focus of European pilgrimage. After the Reformation it became a centre of trade and commerce and a regional capital as well as continuing to be a major church centre.

In spite of damage sustained during the Second World War, it has a substantial stock of medieval buildings and is the home to three UNESCO World Heritage sites.

We have been creating an historical map of Canterbury, to add to our series of Town & City Historical Maps. The map is now almost complete and is at the final editing stage.

Information on Canterbury's history has been provided by Canterbury Archaeological Trust under the editorship of Dr Jake Weekes. Since CAT published a historical map of Roman and Medieval Canterbury in 1990, archaeological and historical research has revealed much more about the city and its development.  As a result, there is far more information now available that benefits from being shown on the new map. The Centre for Kent History and Heritage at Canterbury Christ Church University is also a partner in the project and has provided the funds for the initial digitsing of the base map.

The historical map uses a digitised OS map of 1907 to form the background - a time when Canterbury was home to a huge military presence and yet Kent's orchard's came well into the city boundary.

The reverse of the map hase a gazetteer of Canterbury's many historic buildings and sites, and a series of maps showing the Roman settlement at different phases of its existence, as well as illustrations of the old city.


An extract from the forthcoming map showing St Augustine's Abbey site

Publication: February or March 2021

ISBN: 978-0-9934698-8-6

RRP: £9.99


The project depends on our raising funds to pay for the map production and printing. Can you help us?

The Canterbury Archaeological Trust is leading the fund-raising campaign and we're asking individuals and organisations if they would like to contribute to this amazing project. We are very happy to be able to report that we have received a grant towards the map's publication from the Marc Fitch Fund which we gratefully acknowledge.

Our target is to raise £10,000. Even small donations will help us acheive our goal.  Every contribution really does count.

Contributions can be made by cheque or by PayPal.  Please add the reference ‘Historical Map’.
Cheques (made out to Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd) can be sent to: CAT, 92A Broad Street, Canterbury CT1 2LU.  PayPal payments can be made to

If you can Gift Aid your donation, we can claim an additional 25%. Please let us know your address and we’ll send you a form.


Once the map is published, we're hoping to continue to the production of a full British Historic Towns Atlas volume on Canterbury, allowing us to publish a series of maps showing this remarkable city at key points in its development.