Wally's pictures from Canterybury summers of 1988 and 2006

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Teaching in Canterbury, England at Chaucer School

If you would like to see more of the Canterbury Cathedral, including an interactive tour, go to this website:


Here are more cool Chaucer inspired websites to check out:






some of the boys I taught at Geoffrey Chaucer School

in June-July 1988

Geoffrey Chaucer School--grades 5-12

part of the old City Wall in Canterbury next to modern progress

the train station from London

the river flowing through Canterbury

a pub named after Canterbury Tales

a Canterbury Tales museum featuring the major tales

To hear the General Prologue in Middle English, click go to this link:  http://www.unc.edu/depts/chaucer/zatta/chaucer1.wav

1: Whan that aprill with his shoures soote
2: The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,
3: And bathed every veyne in swich licour
4: Of which vertu engendred is the flour;
5: Whan zephirus eek with his sweete breeth
6: Inspired hath in every holt and heeth
7: Tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne
8: Hath in the ram his halve cours yronne,
9: And smale foweles maken melodye,
10: That slepen al the nyght with open ye
11: (so priketh hem nature in hir corages);
12: Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages,
13: And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes,
14: To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;

   Click to listen

15: And specially from every shires ende
16: Of engelond to caunterbury they wende,
17: The hooly blisful martir for to seke,
18: That hem hath holpen whan that they were seeke.
19: Bifil that in that seson on a day,
20: In southwerk at the tabard as I lay
21: Redy to wenden on my pilgrymage
22: To caunterbury with ful devout corage,
23: At nyght was come into that hostelrye
24: Wel nyne and twenty in a compaignye,
25: Of sondry folk, by aventure yfalle
26: In felaweshipe, and pilgrimes were they alle,
27: That toward caunterbury wolden ryde.
28: The chambres and the stables weren wyde,
29: And wel we weren esed atte beste.


Wally with some bobbies in downtown Canterbury

In the background, you can see Canterbury Cathedral, where St. Thomas Becket was struck down by knights of Henry the 2nd, thus inspiring the pilgrimages. 

The cathedral became a place of pilgrimage in the middle ages and Geoffrey Chaucer set his famous Canterbury Tales about pilgrims on their way to the shrine of  the murdered Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. The north-west transept is the site of the martydom and here, in 1982, Pope John Paul II and the Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie prayed together. A plaque commemorates this historic occasion.

Originally the tomb of King Henry IV and his wife Joan of Navarre flanked one side of the shrine of the murdered archbishop; whilst the tomb of Edward, the Black Prince flanked the other. Both of these tombs may still be seen today although the shrine of St Thomas was dismantled in King Henry VIII's reign. Behind this is the corona chapel which is dedicated to modern martyrs. 



I loved the paintings on this building!

Barbara Davies' house where I stayed while I taught at Chaucer School.  It was conveniently across the street from the school.

Barbara Davies and her son Matthew

Barbara Davies, an English teacher at Chaucer, outside of the school