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Learn about the history behind our documentary film archive from the 1940s.
Shots of Canterbury Cathedral and the surrounding countryside are accompanied by choral songs and a sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr William Temple, on the history and significance of the cathedral.
The story of Canterbury Cathedral
'The history of the Cathedral is told in a sermon by Archbishop Temple, Primate of all England. Three epochs stand out: the sixth century when Christianity was founded in Britain, the twelfth century when the new Church rose round the shrine of Thomas à Becket, and this century, with its problems of was and post-war reconstruction.'
(Films of Britain - British Council Film Department Catalogue - 1942-1943)
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