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Buttermarket (Canterbury)

The Buttermarket is a bustling area of the ancient cathedral city of Canterbury.

Situated outside the gateway to Canterbury Cathedral, it was for centuries a market place and still fulfils a similar function.

On one side is the Christ Church Gateway, the magificent entrance to the cathedral precinct, and opposite is Mercery Lane, which was once full of pilgrims` inns as well as the drapers and haberdashers which its name suggests.

In the centre of the square is a War Memorial, on the site of a bull stake which was used in bull baiting.

Many of the walls around the Buttermarket appear to be made of bricks, but on closer inspection are hung with mathematical tiles.

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