|The center square in Canterbury|
I (Rob) only knew of Canterbury from reading Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" in college. I didn't know what to expect. It was a crowded, popular place.
HISTORICALLY: Originally it was a Celtic settlement, and later renamed Durovernum Cantiacorum by the Roman conquerors in the 1st century A.D. When it became a Jutish (Danish) settlement, it became known as Canterbury. The name came from the old English word "Cantwareburh" meaning "Kent people's stronghold."
WHAT WE EXPERIENCED:
It was a bustling town and was extraordinarily crowded for a weekday. In fact, it was like being in New York City, there were so many people. Many of them, however, were college age.
|Arts Bldg that Tom liked for the architecture|
VIDEO: We took just a short video while walking downtown because Rob saw a college student wearing a tee shirt with the insignia of the superhero "The Flash."
THE HAUNTED MAGICK (Magic) SHOPPE: Because the tour book said that the "Pure Magick Shoppe" at 43A St. Peters Street, Canterbury "has three ghosts in it," we had to check it out.
|The Haunted "Pure Magick" Shop|
CONFIRMATION OF THE MALE GHOST:
I went to the store clerk and talked with the owner (a man) and his female co-worker. They confirmed the "male ghost" upstairs and said he has been seen in a long black overcoat, and sometimes a hat. The male ghost has been known to walk through the wall into the shop next door. The also said that awhile back a male customer went upstairs and came back downstairs quickly. They said the male customer said "There's something upstairs that doesn't want me there." That's the same feeling I described - an unwelcome feeling that didn't want me upstairs.
CONFIRMATION OF THE FEMALE GHOST: I talked with the shopkeepers about the female ghost on the first floor. They were both sensitive to ghosts, so they confirmed the feelings and didn't question them. They said that the woman's ghost has dwelled there a long time. She was from the 1950s and worked in the store when it was a dress shop. The female ghost was apparently content to still be there. I was told that she's "short in stature, and a smart dresser who wears her hair up." I didn't see the woman, I just sensed her.
ONE MORE GHOST: The shopkeepers also told us about the ghost of a little girl who lingers there. She likes to tug the clothing of people who come into the shop. They said that the little girl's ghost also giggles aloud.