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Queen Elizabeth's Guest Chamber

Queen Elizabeth's Guest Chamber
(Photo 2002)

This remarkable building, with its the exterior covered in a painted plasterwork houses a restaurant known as Queen Elizabeth's Guest Chamber. Elizabeth I visited Canterbury in 1573 and entertained the Duke of Alençon in what was then the state room of the Crown Inn. She was perhaps planning to marry but decided against the gentleman. This episode is enshrined in the old satirical song "Froggy went a'courting".

The building is now largely owned by "Nero's Café", who have done a really tasteful conversion of the building, and serve excellent coffee as well.

Closeup on the front of this building

The Canterbury Tour, a unique virtual walk around this ancient city Peter Collinson
This page last changed on 18th November 2018.
Photograph July 2002. © Copyright Peter Collinson, All rights reserved.