Dane John Mount and Gardens, Canterbury
In 1066, William the Conqueror wanted a castle built for the city. So the Dane John mound was incorporated, as was the circuit of defense.
A motte-and-bailey castle is a simple earthen and timber structure that unskilled laborers can quickly build. It is identified by a raised area of ground, or "motte," a walled courtyard, or "bailey," and a protective ditch and palisade. This structure was later abandoned in favor of the more modern Canterbury Castle, built just north of here in 1123.
The gardens were uniquely designed to feature the history of the site. The castle motte is still prominent, as are the Roman bank and medieval walkways. During World War II, parts of the Gardens were used as an ammunition depot.
The Gardens are the site of the local annual Christmas market and many other festivals throughout the year.
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Dane John Mount and Gardens on Map
Sight Location: Canterbury, England (See walking tours in Canterbury)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
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