Category Archives: People

Captain Matthew Webb – the first Person to swim the Channel

In the gardens at the front of the Gateway Flats on Marine Parade is a monument to Captain Matthew Webb (1848-1883), the first person to swim the English Channel without artificial aids. The latter is important for on Friday 28 … Continue reading

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Old Park history part I & the Foundation of the Playing Fields Association

Lost in the mists of time there was the manor of Archer’s Court at Whitfield, northeast of Dover. Nearby was a house belonging to the Knights Templars with a large park. Following the demise of the Templars in the early … Continue reading

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Edward Knocker – The Town Clerk who Reformed

There are no records as to when a Town Clerk, or Common Clerk – as the post was originally called – was first appointed for Dover; but the role was referred to in 1356. At that time the function of the … Continue reading

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Len Hook – Pioneer of Road Cycle Racing

When Sir Bradley Wiggins, in 2012, became the first British rider to win the Tour de France, road cycle racing became a high profile sport. Since then Chris Froome has won the race three times! No doubt, following the forth-coming … Continue reading

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Fred Greenstreet and Centurion House

As part of the latest St James Area Development proposal Centurion House, on the corner of Bench Street and Fishmongers Lane, has been demolished. Ironically, the building it replaced was the centre of a major legal battle that divided the … Continue reading

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