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.

Packet Service IV London Chatham & Dover Railway Company and the Samphire Accident

The London, Chatham and Dover Railway Company (LCDR) won the potential lucrative packet contract for carrying mails, both official and private, across the Channel from Dover to Calais in 1863. Two years earlier the Company’s railway lines reached the town … Continue reading

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Mote Bulwark and Dover’s Seaplane Base

Mote Bulwark, ruins of which can still be seen, and the Dover Seaplane Base were on the east side of Dover Bay close to the present day A20 access road to Eastern Docks. Although both playing an important role in … Continue reading

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Rifles Monument

The Grade II Listed Rifles Monument, on New Bridge twix Camden Crescent and Cambridge Terrace, near the seafront, is a grand granite edifice with bronze decorations. It is 5.5metres (18feet) high and 2metres 6feet) square and is the only one … Continue reading

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Golden Arrow – The Luxury Train

Railways have always fascinated Lorraine, the editor of Doverhistorian.com. Indeed, if Dr. Richard Beeching’s (1913-1985) advice had not been heeded some eighteen months after she started working for the Eastern Region of British Railways, her career would have taken a very different direction. These … Continue reading

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Theatres Part III – Dover’s Amateur Groups

Dover, like most British communities, has staged theatrical performances of some kind since earliest times. The first two stories in this series on the town’s theatrical tradition, Theatres Part I – to 1900 and Theatres Part II – to the Present Day, … Continue reading

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