Canterbury Cathedral was built on the old Roman road from Dover to London and serves as the spiritual home of the Church of England. It was originally built by St. Augustine on the ruins of an earlier Anglo-Saxon cathedral, but was later destroyed by fire in 1067. It was replaced by a larger building by the first Norman Archbishop Lanfranc in 1070. Archbishop Anselm replaced the choir, but this was also destroyed by fire in 1174, four years after Archbishop Thomas Becket’s murder. The Trinity Chapel was added to entomb Becket’s remains and the cathedral became one of Christendom’s chief places for pilgrimage until the Dissolution (1536-1549). It houses perhaps the most beautiful large stain-glass windows of any cathedral anywhere in the world. On my first visit, the city of Canterbury was a walled city with an arched entrance on both the north and south side of the wall and one could drive through the city centre toward London or the southeast country. Today, automobiles are not permitted in the city proper. A companion horse brass in our collection is the rare "Thomas Beckets Token" which is a brass replica of the token the Archbishop gave Pilgrims who made the long journey to the Cathedral. Each of our horse brasses is handmade by a leading British foundry using a first-run ingot brass mix rich in copper for depth of colour and durability. When cooled each is removed from its mold, shot blasted to remove any excess material, then filed and hand polished to enhance the natural beauty of quality brass. Approximate measurement: 3.75" in diamter.
HORSE BRASS: ABBEY/CATHEDRAL/PARSONAGE COLLECTION: Canterbury Cathedral.
Designed and manufactured by ARMAC Brassworks in Birmingham, England where they have been producing quality brassare for more than 75 years. Cast using a pure first-run ingot brass mix rich in copper for superior colour and durability. Hand finished at the foundry.