Category Archives: Open Spaces

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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Shakespeare Colliery

Unlike most other United Kingdom coalfields, the former Kent coalfield was a relatively recent discovery and quite by chance. It is said that the first coal bed discovered in South East England was in 1801, when lignite was discovered near … Continue reading

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Kearsney Abbey

At the confluence of the 4-mile long River Dour from Watersend, near Temple Ewell, and it’s tributary coming in from the Alkham Valley, is Kearsney Abbey. On leaving the Abbey, the Dour wends its way through Dover until it reaches … Continue reading

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Part 3 Swingate, Radar and the Towers

By the late 1920’s all that remained of the former World War I (1914-1918) Swingate aerodrome, east of Dover, were empty hangars.  (see: Marconi, Wireless & Swingate Aerodrome)  Since the War, the Regular and Territorial (TA) armies had used the site, … Continue reading

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Farthingloe – The Historic Valley of Legends and Outstanding Natural Beauty

In September 2016 the Campaign to Protect Rural England (Kent) won an Appeal against Dover District Council to save the beautiful, historic, Farthingloe valley from development. Below is the story. Farthingloe is a dry, long valley with a gently sloping … Continue reading

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