The old Barretts building in St Peter’s Street

VIDEO: Incredible footage reveals bustling Canterbury in the 1950s

How much has the city changed since 1951 and how much hasn’t it?

Those questions can in part be answered by studying archival footage of Canterbury.

This 1951 clip, for example, shows how much of the city has remained. Many of the buildings that were not destroyed in the air raids on the Second World War survive to this day.

The lay-out of the streets is the same. But back then of course vehicles were permitted to use the city centre.

As ever, such footage offers a glimpse into the past life of this great place, of what it has been and done. Enjoy.

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