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Canterbury Cross Brooch

This is a copper alloy, cruciform brooch with silver decoration dating from about 850 AD.


This cross-shaped brooch illustrates the importance of Canterbury as an historic and continuing symbol and centre of world Christian religion and the seat of the head of the English Anglican Communion.

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge

The Beaney House of Art & Knowledge,
18 High Street,
Kent CT1 2RA


The brooch was discovered in 1867 during excavations in St George’s Street, Canterbury. The cross brooch dates from about AD 850. The cross is famous around the world as a symbol of the Anglican Church.

Curriculum Links

  • KS1: Local History
  • KS2: Local History, Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Artists, Architects and Designers in History
  • KS3: Local History, Anglican Church, Britain Before 1066, History of Art, Craft, Design and Architecture, Developments in Design and Technology, Materials and Components
  • KS4: Metals and Alloys


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