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 V LCDR & the Route to Dover’s Prosperity

Prelude: London, Chatham & Dover Packet Service 1860-1874 English packets out of Dover, that is ships carrying official messages and mail, evolved over the centuries. By 1624, there was a well-organised service to and from the Continental mainland. In the 1850’s … Continue reading

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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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