Also known as St. Ethelbert's Gate

Built by Abbot Thomas Ickman A.D. 1399


"THE CEMETERY GATE", the Gateway from Goulden's Guide

'In Elizabeth I's reign the New Lodgings the gatehouse (i.e. the Cemetery Gate) and "The Canterbury Park" were let by the Crown to Sir William Brooke (Lord Lieutenant of Kent) and Lord and Lady Frances Cobham for 30 years from Michaelmas 1563. The lease contained a reservation for the removal of stone and for the monarch to stay on visits to Canterbury. Elizabeth I visited in 1573 and Brooke was still a tenant when he died in March 1597.

Ryan, Anthony C. W. 'The Abbey and Palace of St. Augustine Canterbury Ad 597 - 1997'
p18 Chap. (iii) Other Crown Tenants

Ryan cites: Gem., R. ed. St. Augustine's Abbey Canterbury' English Heritage 1997. p 148

Thanks kindly to Tricia Baxter for the above information



Showing the Cemetery Gate & Bailey House

The first of these two gateways, which is the entrance to the college, was built by Abbot Fyndon, 1300; the second by Ickman, 1399. A royal palace took the place of the monastery after the Dissolution, which was given by Queen Mary to Cardinal Pole, and, in later years, to Lord Wotton, after which it was known as Lady Wotton's palace. But it gradually fell into lower depths, a cockpit, a fives-court, a bowling alley, and lastly a brewery, occupying the site and ruins, until, 1844, it was bought by Mr. Beresford Hope, and rebuilt as a missionary college, from designs by Butterfield for a warden, six fellows, and about fifty students.



Showing the Cemetery Gate & Bailey House then and now

Showing the Cemetery Gate from the rear


Another of the abbey gateways, the cemetery gateway, smaller and less ornate than the great one, is still in existence to the south of the college buildings, though in a sadly modernized condition, having been converted into a dwelling-house, and restored in cockney gothic. It is now the property of the college, but it is still occupied by a tenant, and is therefore only available as an investment. 1861


Showing the Cemetery Gate


Detail of the Cemetery restored 1839


1838 two stone coffins and an urn found near the cemetery gate


"The cemetery gate is also standing, and used as part of a private dwelling house; it has been lately repaired in a creditable manner by Mr. J. MEARS, a native of this city." A Topographical dictionary of England 1848


The other gate at the southern end of the west front, is called the Cemetery gate, from its having led to the ancient burial ground. It is very like that of St. Augustine's, but less venerable in appearance, having been altered and adapted to the purposes of a modern dwelling-house.

The Saturday Magazine 1833




The Cemetery Gate from behind and Bell Harry Tower from Longport


© T. Machado 2007