An Industrial Past – Tannery Field


tannery after bombing, 1942 1

The history of Canterbury isn’t all about the Cathedral and Thomas Becket. Tannery Field is an ordinary looking area of riverside land that offers a snapshot of the more workaday heritage of the city.


Tannery Field’s story is an industrial one. In the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was used as a ‘slub bank’ – a tip for foul-smelling waste products from the nearby tannery.


Follow the links below to find out more:


An industrial past (old photos)


Video about the Tannery Field bull sculpture:


Audio file of the text on the ‘From Waste to Wild Flowers’ panel

Canterbury City Council HLF