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.

Anne Pratt – Botanical writer and illustrator

It is known that Anne Pratt (1806-1893), one of the   Victorian age best-known English botanical writers and   illustrators, was for seventeen years a resident of Dover.   Born on 5 December 1806 in Strood, Kent, Anne was   the eldest of three … Continue reading

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Swingate Part IIIb – World War I Front Line Aerodrome April 1918

Continued from Swingate Part IIIa – World War I Front Line Aerodrome 1918 April –  Dover and a new enemy attacks The Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed on 1 April 1918 by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps … Continue reading

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Swingate Part IIIa – World War I Front Line Aerodrome January – March 1918

Continued from Swingate Part IIB – World War I Front Line Aerodrome 1918 January – March – Dover and will this war ever end? January and February 1918 On a freezing cold New Years Day in 1918, the children with … Continue reading

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St Edmund’s Chapel – dedicated by one Saint to another Saint

The tiny Chapel of St Edmund on Priory Road, sometimes in 19th century books referred to as the Church of St John, has had a chequered history. It is believed that a ‘Cemetery of the Poor’ was established in 1131 … Continue reading

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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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