Old Weavers House

The Old Weavers House

Untold Story

The Old Weavers House takes its name from the influx of Flemish and Hugenot weavers who settled in the area after fleeing from religious persecution during the 16th and 17th centuries. Elizabeth I granted the Flemish weavers the right to establish their businesses in Canterbury, and they are known to have used this and other similar buildings nearby.

At the rear of the Old Weavers House is a medieval ducking stool, jutting out over the river. This ducking stool was historically used as a method of punishing 'scolds' - women accused by their husbands of talking back too much. The stool may also have been used as a more severe punishment for suspected witches.

Sebastian Brown1 min ago

You can see the ducking stool from the bridge next the the building, we learned about how these were used by witch hunters when I was in school.

Sebastian Brown
Kayleigh Jones1 min ago

It's lovely to have a meal in the restaurant in the old weavers house, they have the history of the building on the walls, and the food's not bad either!

Kayleigh Jones
Richard Taylor30 mins ago

I love the architecture of the old weavers house, it looks like its going to fall into the river, but its still standing after so many years!

Richard Taylor
John Rivers1 hour ago

I got a part time job at the restaurant while I was at university in Canterbury, there is so much history to this building, just ask any of the staff.

John Rivers
Luisa Smith3 hours ago

I went on a boat tour down the river by the old weavers house, there is so much history that you never would have known before!

Luisa Smith
Ruby Reynolds2 days ago

I always go to the restaurant for my birthday. I just love the atmosphere of being in such an old building.

Ruby Reynolds
Ruby Reynolds25 connections

I always go to the restaurant for my birthday. I just love the atmosphere of being in such an old building.

Ruby Reynolds
John Rivers20 connections

I got a part time job at the restaurant while I was at university in Canterbury, there is so much history to this building, just ask any of the staff.

John Rivers
Kayleigh Jones15 connections

It's lovely to have a meal in the restaurant in the old weavers house, they have the history of the building on the walls. The food's not bad either!

Kayleigh Jones
Luisa Smith12 connections

I went on a boat tour down the river by the old weavers house, there is so much history that you never would have known before!

Luisa Smith
Richard Taylor8 connections

I love the architecture of the old weavers house, it looks like its going to fall into the river, but its still standing after so many years!

Richard Taylor
Sebastian Brown3 connections

You can see the ducking stool from the bridge next the the building, we learned about how these were used by witch hunters when I was in school.

Sebastian Brown