Songs of Praise visits Canterbury Cathedral (2011)






Songs of Praise Aled Jones © BBC

Songs of Praise presenter Aled Jones © BBC

Kent’s Historic Cathedral resounds with Songs of Praise

Production Company: BBC

Kent Filming Location: Canterbury Cathedral

Aled Jones takes a tour of Kent’s iconic cathedral and introduces more popular hymns and sacred songs.

Canterbury Cathedral dates back to 597AD when St Augustine established his seat in Canterbury. In 1170 Archbishop Thomas Becket was famously murdered in the Cathedral . Since medieval times the site has attracted thousands of pilgrims, as told in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and brought to the screen by local screen legend Michael Powell in a film adaptation of the same name. More recently it became the site of one of Antony Gormley’s sculptures, made entirely from nails replaced while the cathedral roof was being repaired.

The City of Canterbury remains one of the largest tourism centres in England, known for its cobbled streets and wealth of historic buildings. It also boasts 3 universities, Kent County Cricket Club, the recently developed Marlowe Theatre as well as the Canterbury Festival . Canterbury has been used for filming by projects such as Rustom (2016), Goodbye To Canterbury (2013) and The Family (2008).
Songs of praise can be seen on Sunday, 17:30 on BBC One


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