Category Archives: Railways

Admiralty Pier Part I 1836-1908

Admiralty Pier is one of the great British engineering feats of the 19th and early twentieth century. Since then it has played an important part in both national and local history. Part I of the story of the Admiralty Pier … 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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South Eastern Railway Company and Town Station

It was in May 1834 that the decision was made for Dover to have a railway connecting the town and port with London. Two years later the South Eastern Railway Company (SER) asked Parliament for an Act to build the line. Given … Continue reading

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South Eastern Railway Company – the Blowing Up of Round Down Cliff

In May 1834, a meeting was called in what was then Dover’s town hall, in the Market Square. Headed by the Mayor – Joseph Webb Pilcher – and supported by one of Dover’s would be members of Parliament, John Minet Fector junior, … Continue reading

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