Ridingate Ward, so called from the ancient Gate, so named. By this gate is the Roman Portway, or Military Way between Dover and Canterbury, from which we suppose, it took its Name; for Ridingate implies nothing else, but the Road gate. By this Gate formerly stood a Church, dedicated to St. Edmund, the King and Martyr, called therefore St. Edmund's at Ridingate.

Magna Britannia Antiqua & Nova 1738


"St. Edmond's Church, usually called St. Edmond of Ridingate, from its situation near to that gate, was united to the parish of St. Mary Bredin in 1349. The remains of this church have wholly disappeared, insomuch that the least traces of the site are not to be found."

Directory 1847


"The Church of St. Edmond, King and martyr, stood near this gate. The exact locality of the church lay, I think, some twenty yards beyond it, approaching the turning towards the present Cattle Market, along the boarders of which were found, during the drainage works of 1867-68, many coffins containing skeletons. A small metal cross taken from one of the interments is in my collection. The ancient foundations of the church lay almost midway in the present road."

"Canterbury in the Olden Time," second Edition by John Brent F.S.A, 1879


"..of which the site is unknown, and could not from it's dedication have been earlier than the ninth or tenth century."

J.Charles Cox, Canterbury A history of the Ancient City, 1905


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