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31 August 2012

Find Thomas Becket's birthplace

Two small plaques on a corner of Cheapside mark the birthplace of a London-born Saint, Thomas Becket, born nearby around 1118 and the son of a family which traced its lineage from Norman petty nobility.

Known for his conflict with Henry II, Thomas rose to become Archbishop of Canterbury, and was famously assassinated at Canterbury Cathedral on 29 December 1170. Becket was subsequently canonised by Pope Alexander and is venerated as a saint and martyr in the Catholic and Anglican Churches.

For more, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Becket

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