This website is about Dover, East Kent, England. The history of the town is lost in the mists of Time – suffice to say that a Bronze Age Boat was found while laying a major road through the town. The unique boat is now on show in the Museum.
A new story on Dover’s past is uploaded regularly and the site is proving popular not only in England but throughout the world!
To read the stories about the history of the town – which I love – just click on Topics/ Select category, on the right, or by typing in a specific topic in the Search box, also on the right.
Herald of Free Enterprise Disaster 30th Anniversary
6 March 1987 was the date Dover’s heart stopped beating and to date has not recovered. That evening P&O’s recently acquired roll-on roll-off ferry, Herald of Free Enterprise, moments after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge for Dover, capsized killing 193 passengers and crew. Every year a service of remembrance is held and 30 years later, St Mary’s Church, Dover the annual ecumenical service was packed with folk paying tribute to those who lost their lives.
DOVER, KENT, ENGLAND
The celebrated seaport town of Dover, England is situated in the south-eastern corner of the county of Kent and is of great antiquity. Indeed, archaeological discoveries go back to the Stone Age and the famous Bronze Age boat – the world’s oldest sea-going boat – is housed in the town’s museum.
Named Dubris by the Romans this later evolved into Dover and the Dour for the river that runs through the town. During the Saxon period Dover became a fishing port and Edward the Confessor, (1042-1066) recognising this expertise, which included ships that were strong enough to withstand the conditions in the Channel and the North Sea, proclaimed, in 1050, that the towns folk would provide ‘ship service.’ Along with Hastings, Romney, Hythe and Sandwich, Rye and Winchelsea, the town was one of the Cinque Ports that provided England’s first long serving Royal navy.
The famous white cliffs that are the symbol of home to the Englishman abroad overlook the town. The Strait of Dover is the shortest distance between England and mainland Europe and this has, historically and strategically, been of significant importance to Britain up to the end of World War II (1939-1945). Since then, for the same reason, Dover’s harbour has become one of the busiest passenger ports in the world.
Although the town was heavily bombarded during World War II it still retains a number of significant historical buildings and remains. It also has a wealth of historic documentation from which the stories, published on this website, comes from. Please browse the index of Topics on the right for a wide variety of articles from the rich tapestry of Dover’s past.
Click on Topics/ Select category, on the right, or by typing in a specific topic in the Search box, also on the right.