13 St. Peter's Street
(part of the High Street, towards the Westgate)

Typical early 1600s house / shop along the High Street

13 St. Peter's Street

This is a typical 1600 house/shop, with a long frontage and living quarters for the shop owner above.


Note the gables - the exposed triangular parts under the roof, which before this period were not often left exposed, as it meant the weather could get in.

13 St. Peter's Street

These gables were protected above the top windows by 'barge boards' - in this case beautifully carved (see photo on left)

For other carved barge boards see, for example, 28 Palace Street. This building also has a single long jetty along the street front.

13 St. Peter's Street A fascinating feature is the eye-level windows on the first floor (filled in) to the right of the main window - common in that period so people could look out without being seen. These are often called 'clerestories' (e.g. by Quiney, see bibliography). Compare the ones at 28 Palace Street.
13 St. Peter's Street
13 St. Peter's Street
It has two examples of well-carved demons, as seen above, one male and the other female. Note the cloven hooves. Compare these with the demons carved on 28 Palace Street and 8 Palace Street.

See the page on woodcarving for more carving in Canterbury.

 

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