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A city in Kent, SE England, the seat of the Archbishop of Canterbury. St Augustine established a church and monastery there in 597, and it became a place of medieval pilgrimage, to the shrine of St Thomas à Becket.

Canterbury bell a bellflower grown for ornament, named with reference to the bells on pilgrims' horses.

Canterbury gallop a slow easy gallop, supposedly the pace of mounted pilgrims.

Canterbury tale a story told on a pilgrimage (originally one of Chaucer's cycle of linked tales told by a group of pilgrims); a long tedious story.

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