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.

Shipbuilding Part I Bronze Age to 1700

Boat and shipbuilding is one of the oldest branches of engineering and in Dover, the history can be traced back to the Bronze Age (2,100BC to 700BC), as we will see. An overview of the different aspects of shipbuilding is … Continue reading

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Charles Dickens and Dover

Charles Dickens (1812-1870), the famous 19th century British author, was a frequent visitor to Dover throughout his adult life. His first visit to the town was as part of an acting troupe in the 1830s, when the company played at … Continue reading

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Dover’s Seaplane Base and Mote Bulwark Part II

Part 1 of Dover’s Seaplane Base and Mote Bulwark started with the foundation of Mote Bulwark, the military site at the base of the Castle cliffs on the east side of Dover bay. This remained in the hands of the military … Continue reading

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Dover’s Seaplane Base and Mote Bulwark Part I

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

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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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