About Lorraine



Lorraine Sencicle has lived in Dover for most of her life. Now a grandmother, she is married to Alan and has two grown-up daughters, Lynn Candace and Annelies, both of whom, like their father, attended Dover schools.

Lorraine is a trained nurse and a graduate from the University of Kent where she taught her degree subject, Economics. She became interested in local history in the 1980s, when fighting Dover District Council over the development of local open spaces and historical sites.

Since that time, Lorraine has continued opposing developments she sees as inappropriate at the same time as promoting Dover’s valuable local asset, its history. Besides an academically acclaimed book,Banking on Dover and the commercially successful book, Haunted Dover. Since 2004 Lorraine has been the regular contributor of the All Our Yesterdays page in the Dover Mercury and is now a regular contributor to The Way We Were Pages in the Dover Express.

Doverhistorian.com team: Candy  - technical assistant, Lorraine - editor, Alan - assistant editor

Doverhistorian.com team: Candy – technical assistant, Lorraine – editor, Alan – assistant editor


3 Responses to About Lorraine

  1. Mike Willis says:

    Dear team and in particular “Lorraine”,
    Just a heartfelt thanks for all the research. I grew up in Dover (Born 1947) but left at age 19. In my dotage I have become interested in WW1 and in particular gaming the war in the air. I subscribe to a forum known as Wings of War aerodrome, which most likely is of no interest to you. But in producing missions and short accounts of historically based aircraft wargames, for the forum, a fellow forum member from the USA decided to produce a scenario involving the bombing of Dover in 1916. Naturally, I had to try and defend my home town! So I produced some model terrain and played the mission. In order to write this up, as an After Action Report ( a short story of the game) I did extensive reading of your site, “The Dover Historian”, especially that which concerned Swingate aerodrome and Dover in 1916 and throughout the war. I was totally blown away by how good the site is.
    Thank you very much indeed and I do hope you have no objection to my having posted the odd photo and quote from your site. Rest assured I have given you credit for the detail I was able to include in my AAR and have recommended other members of the forum to visit the site too. They are a mixed bunch and please be aware, there are some extremely knowledgable folk amongst them, from all around the globe. I believe they will enjoy your work as much as I do.

    Thanks also for the work you have done in an effort to preserve sites of historical value in the district. I have fond memories of Dover, its’ castle, the north downs, the Western Heights and plum pudding hill at Maxton; of fishing on the Prince of Wales pier and the Admiralty pier, at night in January 😦 . The changes I have seen since, when passing through, like so many others, on the way to the continent, have sometimes, but not always, been inspiring and google earth has revealed much that has changed / developed since the late 1960s. So anything that preserves the immeasurably valuable heritage of the gateway to the garden of England is very much appreciated.
    Kind Regards
    Mike Willis
    Now of Newton Abbot in Devon.

  2. Эдуард Лудзитис says:

    I would like to express my great gratitude to the entire team for the excellent material. I am interested in the history of the region and your materials most fully and interestingly reveal it to me!

  3. Penelope Kenton-Russ says:

    I have really enjoyed looking at your site. I was especially amused to read about Kearsney Abbey and A Midsummer Night’s Dream “starring” Author/Politician Jeffrey Archer as Puck. I played the fairy called “Cobweb”. In those days I lived In Whitfield and attended St Ursula’s Convent in Dover (Janet Young gave me elocution lessons). I still have the program. I now live in Sweden.

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