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Anne Pratt – Botanical writer and illustrator

It is known that Anne Pratt (1806-1893), one of the   Victorian age best-known English botanical writers and   illustrators, was for seventeen years a resident of Dover.   Born on 5 December 1806 in Strood, Kent, Anne was   the eldest of three … Continue reading

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St Edmund’s Chapel – dedicated by one Saint to another Saint

The tiny Chapel of St Edmund on Priory Road, sometimes in 19th century books referred to as the Church of St John, has had a chequered history. It is believed that a ‘Cemetery of the Poor’ was established in 1131 … 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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Sir Francis Cockburn (1780-1868) – Canada, Belize, Bahamas and Dover

General Sir Francis Cockburn (1780-1868), is yet another unsung hero of Dover. Twice, during his army career his political masters assigned him to oblivion for his humanitarian stance. Nonetheless, he played a major role in the European settlement of Canada, … Continue reading

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Captain Carey, the Queen and World War I shipping in the Channel.

Newsflash: the Times special correspondent in Folkestone 28th October 1914: ‘The French Steamer Amiral Ganteaume carrying about 2,500 French refugees from Calais to Havre, struck a floating mine this afternoon about 12 miles off Cape Gris Nez. It is believed … Continue reading

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