VIDEO: Amazing footage reveals the old Longmarket

The Longmarket before it was redeveloped

With the decision to allow the redevelopment of the Barretts site, another familiar Canterbury sight will disappear.

Indeed, we get used to seeing old replaced by new every few years.

It is scarcely believable that it is some 28 years since the Longmarket was redeveloped.

Footage shot in 1990 shows the area on its last Sunday before the builders moved in and began the urban renewal project which brought us the buildings we have today.

The postwar blocks were quickly replaced by buildings whose design was more sympathetic to other architecture in the city.

In the late 90s, the redevelopment of Whitefriars began, signalling another significant transformation to Canterbury’s urban landscape.

It’s no wonder, then, that some people refer to us as the city which can’t sit still…


  1. It’s extraordinary that they knocked down that old shit, only to replace it with something equally ghastly.


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