Category Archives: Villages and Towns

Swingate Part IIb – World War I Front Line Aerodrome

Continued from Swingate Part IIa – World War I Front Line Aerodrome 1917 – On the Offensive & the Americans come to Swingate Attacks on neutral shipping continued. Typically from the beginning of the War to the end of 1916 … Continue reading

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Swingate Part IIa – World War I Front Line Aerodrome

Swingate is a large stretch of downland on the east side of Dover Castle. It is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the history of the site is internationally unique, particularly in relation to communication. This essay is … Continue reading

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Swingate Part 1 Marconi, South Foreland and Wireless Communication

Dover is a positive treasure-trove of historic jewels, many neglected, some forgotten and some, like Swingate Downs, described by one of the town’s moronic councillor/business person as wasteland while a stalwart on Dover’s tourism and Dover Harbour Board committees wants … Continue reading

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The Saga of River Paper Mill

The village of River is about 2 miles from Dover town centre and was by the time of Edward I (1272-1307), called Villa de Riviere. This was eventually shortened to River. At the end of the 18th century the village … Continue reading

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Kearsney Abbey

At the confluence of the 4-mile long River Dour from Watersend, near Temple Ewell, and it’s tributary coming in from the Alkham Valley, is Kearsney Abbey. On leaving the Abbey, the Dour wends its way through Dover until it reaches … Continue reading

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