Author Archives: Lorraine

About Lorraine

I am a local historian, whose love of Dover has lead to decades of research into some of the lesser known tales that this famous and beautiful town has to tell.

Swingate Part IIb – World War I Front Line Aerodrome

Continued from Swingate Part IIa – World War I Front Line Aerodrome 1917 – On the Offensive & the Americans come to Swingate Attacks on neutral shipping continued. Typically from the beginning of the War to the end of 1916 … Continue reading

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Swingate Part IIa – World War I Front Line Aerodrome

Swingate is a large stretch of downland on the east side of Dover Castle. It is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the history of the site is internationally unique, particularly in relation to communication. This essay is … Continue reading

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Swingate Part 1 Marconi, South Foreland and Wireless Communication

Dover is a positive treasure-trove of historic jewels, many neglected, some forgotten and some, like Swingate Downs, described by one of the town’s moronic councillor/business person as wasteland while a stalwart on Dover’s tourism and Dover Harbour Board committees wants … Continue reading

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Stembrook Tannery to Pencester Gardens Part II

Part One of the Stembrook Tannery to Pencester Gardens story looked at the development of the area from medieval times to the 1920s. For much of that time a large part of the site was owned by the Maison Dieu … Continue reading

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Stembrook Tannery to Pencester Gardens Part I

These days, King John (1199-1216) is particularly remembered as being forced to sign the Magna Carta by the Barons of England on 15 June 1215. Even after he died, the mood of many of England’s Barons was to invite Louis, … Continue reading

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