Category Archives: Roads & Streets

St Martin-le-Grand

Once upon a time the church of St Martin-le-Grand, which stood on the west side of the present day Market Square, was said to rival Canterbury Cathedral in size and stature. What remains of the ruins can be seen besides … Continue reading

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Bench Street and the Crypt Tragedy

In ancient times, the thoroughfare from the seafront to Biggin Gate, near St Mary’s Church, was known as King Street. At that time, this area was the centre of commercial trade and at the sea end, in the town wall, … Continue reading

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Markets of Dover – Part II

Markets had existed in Dover for centuries receiving its Royal Charter around 1160. The old Court Hall, which also served as the Town Hall, in the Market Square, opened in 1607. Dover’s main market was held underneath and around about, the area became known … Continue reading

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Markets of Dover – Part I

Many cities and towns boasts of ancient markets and Dover is no exception. Markets developed out of Fairs and once upon a time Dover’s Fair was one of the most celebrated in the country. Fairs were originally religious festivals usually … Continue reading

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Charles Rolls – the first two-way, non-stop English Channel flight

Charles Stewart Rolls was born in London on 27 August 1877 into an wealthy family. His father, John Allan Rolls – 1st Baron Llangattock, made his fortune through agriculture in Monmouth, Wales. Shortly after the birth of Charles, he bought a … Continue reading

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