St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School

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St Thomas of Canterbury

Thomas Becket is also known as Saint Thomas of Canterbury.  He was an English priest who was born in Cheapside in London.  He was an intelligent child and at the age of 16, he left England to study in Paris.  Becket served as the Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 and is most famous for being murdered in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 because he disagreed with King Henry II about the rights and powers of the Church. He is seen as a martyr by the Catholic Church because of this.