Category Archives: Courts, Crime & Punishment

Langdon Prison

When Dover Castle was built in the reign of Henry II (1154-1189), included was a prison and this was situated near the Canon’s Gate at the main entrance. Initially, it was a general-purpose prison, then a political and ecclesiastical prison … Continue reading

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Philip Yorke – the local lad who became Lord Chancellor

On the corner of York Street and Snargate Street is a Dover Society plaque that states, ‘On this site was born Philip Yorke 1690-1764, Later Lord Hardwicke who instituted calling of the Banns before weddings (Marriage Act 1753).’ York Street, … Continue reading

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Great Bullion Robbery – Part II

On 15 May 1855, approximately £15,000 of gold bullion was stolen from the South Eastern Railway Company mail train from London to Dover. Part I of this story recounts the transportation of the gold, the discovery of the robbery and … Continue reading

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Great Bullion Robbery – Part I

On 27 January 1844, the South Eastern Railway Company’s (SER) line from London, via Folkestone, to Dover was completed and the 2-2-2 steam locomotive number 36 Shakespeare, made a trial run. At 16.00hours on Tuesday 6 February, a shrill was … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Graham and the last public Execution of a Dovorian

From the days before the Conquest (1066) and for centuries after, Dover, as a Cinque Port, had a number of privileges in return for providing ship-service to the ruling monarch. These privileges included the full authority to deal with all criminal … Continue reading

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