PRESS RELEASE: SAVE launches new report: Canterbury Take Care!

9th August 2021

Join SAVE Britain's Heritage and The Canterbury Society for the official launch of the latest report by SAVE Britain's Heritage: "Canterbury Take Care!" on 11th September 2021 in Canterbury. The launch will be accompanied by a free walking tour.

About the book

Historically Canterbury is one of the most important cities in England with the premier cathedral in England. Edited by Amicia de Moubray, this collection of essays by several leading authors including Ptolemy Dean, Clive Bowley and Paul Bennett with an introduction by Griff Rhys Jones explores the architectural history of Canterbury from the Anglo-Saxons to post-war redevelopment. With the future of our cities uncertain following the Covid-19 pandemic, this SAVE Britain's Heritage report on Canterbury could not be more timely.

Foreword by Griff Rhys Jones

In his Foreword for the report, Griff Rhys Jones writes: "Canterbury enjoys international renown. It's Britain's Rome. The centre of our national religious identity and like Rome, a city that became famous throughout the world through pilgrimage and sainthood. What a story. What a driving force for the future... This, no doubt, is why Hitler bombed Canterbury in 1942, destroying a third of the medieval centre. But it is also why we should all care about what happened next: the well intentioned but clumsy post-war rebuild, the failures and the mistaken assumptions that have guided its organisation over the last 50 years. It's why SAVE Britain's Heritage have stepped forward to produce this fascinating and timely report."

Pre-order your copy from SAVE and receive a 10 % discount.


The event will combine a walking tour of Canterbury, followed by the launch of our new report.

Time: 2pm Meet at Cathedral Lodge

2.30pm Walking tours

4pm Tea, Speeches and Panel Discussion

Where: Cathedral Lodge, The Precinct, Canterbury, CT1 2EH

When: Saturday 11th September 2021

After the event, all attendees are very welcome to go to Evensong in the cathedral at 5.30pm

Booking is essential.

This event is free. As walking tour numbers are limited, tickets will be issued on a first come first served basis. Please click here to book your place via Eventbrite

We will be offering walking tours taken by some of the contributors to the book. You will be able to choose the walking tour option when you book your ticket. All walking tour tickets will grant you access to the launch event from 4pm. Tours are as follows:

Clive Bowley - Canterbury a city of timber framed buildings

Paul Bennett - Parish churches and monastic remains

Amicia de Moubray - Mathematical tiles and their uses in Canterbury 

Ptolemy Dean - Post war redevelopment and its enduring legacy