8 Palace Street

Unusual building dating from 13th century, with many later changes

8 Palace Street

8 Palace Street
8 Palace Street

Notes: Origins in 13th century, perhaps as a house for the Rector of St. Alphege's Church nearby, "with an upper hall or chamber built over an undercroft" (Quiney, see bibliography. He also gives a date of about 1250).

Massive stone piers and stone flags on floor. First floor with jetty (sticking out) is from "the end of the 15th century" (Quiney again)

In the next hundred years or so a chimney stack was built into the first floor, then the top part was added in the 17th century (after 1665 according to Quiney). (See also Scoffham in the bibliography)

The demons holding their breasts shock/amuse the tourists - note the cloven hooves as in the demons along the street at 28 Palace Street and at St. Peter's Street. I have heard a suggestion that they are not old - that they were added around 1910, but Quiney is specific:

" the fascias with guilloche mouldings attached to both jetties [see photos below] belong to this last phase [i.e.17th century], but the grotesquely carved brackets ... probably belong to about 1495 and serve to carry the eaves" (Quiney p233)

For woodcarving in Canterbury see the woodcarving pages.

8 Palace Street - demon, left
8 Palace Street - demon, left
Demon - right-hand side - said to be from 1495
Demon - right-hand side, different angle
8 Palace Street - demon, right
8 Palace Street - seen from right
Demon - left-hand side - said to be from 1495
The building seen from right side
8 Palace Street - side window
8 Palace Street - carving
Small side window, detail
Detail of wood carving - middle level, above the demon on right-hand side (17th century)
8 Palace Street - carving 8 Palace Street - carving
Detail of wood carving at front of building - highest level, above the window and under the roof - 17th century
Detail of wood carving - lowest jetty, right-hand side - 17th century



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