The History and Topographical Survey of the County of Kent: Volume 11. Originally published by W Bristow, Canterbury, 1800.
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THE VILLE AND PRECINCTS OF CHRIST CHURCH.
The VILLE OF THE PRECINCTS OF CHRIST-CHURCH is situated in the north-east part of the city within the walls of it; though within the jurisdiction of the county at large, it is not amenable to the court leet of the hundred of Westgate, to which it does no suit, having the privilege of a constable of its own, who is appointed yearly at the quarter-sessions for East Kent, from among the inhabitants of it, usually by recommendation from the dean and chapter, who are possessed of the entire freehold of it. (fn. 1) The cathedral church stands nearly in the south west part of it, adjoining to which, on the north side, stood most part of the Benedictine priory of Christ church, the remains of which are converted into dwellings and offices for the use of the dean and chapter, and the other members of this church.
THE HISTORY OF THIS CHURCH AND PRIORY has been so accurately and minutely investigated, both by Mr. Somner and his continuator Mr. Battely, (fn. 2) that it would be very difficult to avoid a frequent repetition of what they have already published concerning it; so far from avoiding it, continued use has been made of their ingenious labours throughout the greatest part of this account, as the means of rendering the greatest justice to it. Not that the following history of them has been confined to their labours only, it is compiled from other authors likewise, who have since written on this subject in particular, and from various other authorities, as well as from personal knowledge, and has been extended as far as the nature of this work would admit. Every history and chronicle has much in it relative to the concerns of this church, and its prelates, nor is this to be wondered at, when we consider how much both were connected with the public affairs of the realm, and that it has ever been the metropolitical church; a church, which has from the earliest antiquity, been universally revered for its sanctity, and rendered illustrious by a series of prelates who have presided over it, of high estimation for their piety as churchmen, and for their eminent abilities, when in trusted, as they frequently were, with the highest and most important offices of the state. (fn. 3)