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The lowering of a courtyard at the rear of Boots the Chemist, Mercery Lane, was monitored during recent refurbishment. A late medieval flint and mortar boundary was revealed beneath the concrete-paved courtyard, and was found to be associated with a half-cellar which had been backfilled with demolition debris yielding seventeenth-century pottery. The flint wall and had-cellar may well have formed part of a complex series of outbuildings sited to the rear of properties fronting onto the important Mercery Lane and High Street intersection.

For all its magnificence, the exterior of Boots is entirely bogus, constructed early in this century. Nevertheless parts of the upper floors and roof are clearly of fifteenth-century date with elements of a double range of crown-post roofs still surviving despite extensive alterations by many hands.

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The text and pictures were taken from Canterbury's Archaeology 1988/1989, The 13th Annual Report of Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Peter Collinson Last change: 7th September 2008