All Saints Court

Hidden away in the cul-de-sac All Saints Lane stands All Saints Court (Image 1), one of Canterbury’s best surviving timber-framed buildings (Listed Grade II star).  Formerly a pilgrims’ rest associated with Eastbridge Hospital, the original site included a wing overlooking the River Stour, now lost.  The site later became cottages and by the 1920s was condemned as unfit for habitation.  The builder Walter Sidney Cozens , son of CHAS founder Walter Cozens, then played a key role in saving and restoring the property, revealing the frontage as it is seen today.

It later became a Youth Hostel, and afterwards the Woodman School of Dancing.  After further renovation it became a private house around 2009.  The upper storey room runs for a continuous 77 feet, one of the longest rooms in any Canterbury home.

What to see:

  • an impressive example of a 16th century timber framed house with continuous overhang facing street (Image 2)
  •  seven decorated corbels in a row (examples in Images 3 and 4) – rare in Canterbury buildings – and possibly taken from buildings at the St Augustine’s site known at the time as  Lady Wootton’s Palace
  •  fine example of a Kentish peg style roof (Image 5)

Access:  frontage visible from All Saints Lane

Sources:  Cameron (2005);  Cantuccio (1970);  web site Images of England