6-12 Westgate Grove
(by the Westgate Tower)

Late 16th century row

Westgate Grove

Scoffham (see bibliography) says that this group od houses "gives a good idea of how the late medieval [sic] streets of Canterbury must have looked" (p8).

Some (i.e. the middle ones) are quite thin at the front, which allows for more shops in the crowded city space. This also accounts for the fact that they are several storeys high, as that maximises scarce space.

See more details below.

Westgate Grove

 

Westgate Grove
Westgate Grove

Westgate Grove

  This looks to me the oldest building. The style is more 15th century than 16th - the long frontage (as space was not so pressured), very simple style of windows (see below), contrasting with the more ornate building to the left, with more elaborate timber decoration acrosss the gable, and more elaborate glasswork in the windows.
Westgate Grove  

 

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