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Theatres Part I – to 1900

Dover’s theatrical connections go back at least to the days of William Shakespeare (1564-1616) when his theatre company, known as the King’s men’, visited the town. At the time, it is believed, Shakespeare was writing King Lear. It was seeing Dover’s Hay Cliff … Continue reading

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Prince of Wales Pier Part II – 1914 to the Present Day

Part I of the story of the Prince of Wales Pier tells that it was constructed as the eastern arm of the Commercial harbour cum Harbour of Refuge, by Dover Harbour Board (DHB) and was formerly opened in 1902. The … Continue reading

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Prince of Wales Pier Part I – The start to 1914

After considerable pressure on the government by Dover folk, local politicians, the Harbour Commissioners and the Duke of Wellington (1769-1852), for Dover to become a Harbour of Refuge, in 1847 the Admiralty Pier was started. This was to be the western … Continue reading

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Richard Tilden Smith and the Aerial Ropeway

At the eastern end of Eastern docks, at the point where the dock road turns seawards, high in the cliffs can be seen two bricked in tunnels. One is the entrance and the other the exit to what were twin … Continue reading

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Roman Painted House

The Roman Painted House is one of the finest of its type in Britain and a major tourist attraction. The story starts over 2000 years ago when the Romans came to the shores of Britain. It then moves to more … Continue reading

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