The Story of Tower House

Victorian Tower House, gifted to Canterbury by the Williamson family

The ornate and distinctive house overlooking the eastern end of Westgate Gardens is Tower House. Its history is every bit as fascinating as the building is beautiful.


It’s called Tower House because it incorporates one of the towers in the medieval city wall, which were built as defensive structures but became used for living in.


Westgate Gardens used to be the grounds of the house, and were gifted to the City of Canterbury by the Williamson family, who lived there from 1886.


Listen to the audio files and follow the links below to discover the story of the family and their house:


The Story of Tower House – Chapter 1: Tower House before the Williamsons (audio)



The Story of Tower House – Chapter 2: The Williamsons of Tower House (audio)



Tower House photo gallery

Canterbury City Council HLF