St. Dunstan’s Church

Canterbury, England, United Kingdom

St. Dunstan’s Church in Canterbury is most famous as a pilgrimage site as it was where Henry VIII stopped to do penance for the murder of Sir Thomas More. The head of Thomas More is actually interned in the Roper family vault at the church underneath the Nicholas Chapel. When Thomas More was murdered his head was parboiled and placed on a spike on London Bridge for a month. His daughter, Margaret Roper, rescued the head and had it placed in the church vault.

It is a small, but charming church that was built some time in the 10th century, making it one of the oldest in the Canterbury area to remain intact. It was renamed in 1003 following the canonisation of St. Dunstan. The church is located on St. Dunstan’s Street in Canterbury.

 

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