Canterbury Commemoration Society

Current Projects

We are in the process of upgrading the signage at the Bertha and Ethelbert site, and creating a QR app for the Chaucer statue.

Historic Whitstable Harbour

The Society is using a generous legacy left by the late Brian Porter to commission a scale model of Whitstable Harbour in its 19th-century heyday. Model-makers have been contacted and discussions are in hand to find a suitable permanent venue for an impressive ‘OO-gauge’ display.

In due course, tourists who flock to the town’s quays and beaches will have a chance to complement their ice cream and oysters with a fascinating dollop of local history.

A is for Aphra

The society has recently joined forces with the team at A is for Aphra to get a statue of the groundbreaking playwright, poet and spy Aphra Behn in Canterbury – her hometown. Read more about the campaign and the legend that is Aphra here. Please don’t forget to donate. Thank you for your support.

All Tudor Martyrs Memorial

Canterbury, at the heart of the Anglican communion, commemorates the Protestant martyrs who died during the reign of Mary I. But many others, Catholic and Protestant, were also killed for their faith in Tudor times. That’s why our Chair, Michael Steed, is keen to set the record straight with a monument to all TUDOR MARTYRS. Please donate to the excellent cause here.

Christopher Marlowe Statue

The Christopher Marlowe Statue Society has advanced plans for an original and unusual design by the local sculptor Steve Portchmouth. Pre-planning approval has been granted. It would stand in front of the Clocktower in the High Street, this being the remains of the church in which Marlowe was christened. The concept has the approval of English Heritage. For more information on Marlowe and related topics, see

To the right, a preliminary sketch of the proposed statue of Christopher Marlowe in re-used iron by local artist Steve Portchmouth