~ THE HOUSE OF AGNES / ST. DUNSTAN'S HOUSE ~
71 ST. DUNSTAN'S STREET, CANTERBURY
A lovely old view of the House of Agnes...from a glass slide, courtesy of Andy Linklater
"The House of Agnes" the picture is from Canterbury Views c. 1902
The house is described by Charles Dickens in David Copperfield as...
"bulging out over the road; a house with long, low lattice windows bulging out still farther, and beams with carved heads on the ends bulging out too, so that I fancied the whole house was leaning forward, trying to see who was passing on the narrow pavement below. It was quite spotless in cleanliness. The old-fasthioned brass knocker on the low arched door, ornamented with carved garlands of fruit and flowers, twinkled like a star; the two stone steps desceding to the door were as white as if they had been covered with fine linen; and all the angles and corners, and carvings and mouldings and quaint little panes of glass, and quainter windows, though as old as the hills, were as pure as any snow that ever fell upon the hills."
"We accordingly went up a wonderful old staircase with a balustrade so broad that we might have gone up that almost as easily and into a shady old drawing-room, lighted by some three or four of the quaint windows I had looked up at from the street; which had old oak seats in them that seemed to have come of the same trees as the shining oak floor, and the great beams in the ceiling."
"The House of Agnes",
postcards from my collection
© T. Machado 2007