Category Archives: Sea Front

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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Gateway Flats

In July 1944, while World War II (1939-1945) was still raging and Dover was still earning the accolade ‘Hell Fire Corner’, Dover Corporation was discussing a master plan for when peace came. Although property damage, due to the constant assault, … 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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Waiting Miner Statue

In July 2010, the Waiting Miner statue was moved from Granville Gardens to Fowlmead Country Park on what was once was the site of the spoil tip of the former Betteshanger Colliery, near Deal. Although I could accept the arguments given … Continue reading

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