Pencester Gardens, The River Dour Island, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on May 9, 2007

An image taken mid-morning on the 11th of March 2007. The man-made island is not very large and begins as the path curves to the left past the willow tree. The silver 'Witches Hat' of the Millenium Pavilion can be seen on the left - although a bit difficult to make out because of the buildings of Pencester Road (1) in the background.

This image is linked to by Wikimapia which gives a Google Earth satellite view of the Gardens.

Pencester Gardens are located in the town center and first opened in 1924.

The Gardens are bordered to the north and north-east by the River Dour and to the south-west by a children's play area (including a popular bicycle/bike 'adventure training area' or "skate park"). To the south-east lies Stembrook and Castle Street. To the north-west is Pencester Road itself which was laid out in 1860.

Pencester Gardens hosts Fairs and other events throughout the year. It now contains a 'Millenium Pavilion' and a Timeline path recording the history of Dover engraved in flagstones.

(1) Street Name Origins

There are two contenders for the honour of having Pencester Road named after them. One Stephen de Pencester, who helped Hubert de Burgh defend the Castle during the French siege of 1216. Another Stephen de Pencester was also Constable of Dover Castle from 1267 to 1299. Prior to the road being built there had been no cross road from the main thoroughfare to Maison Dieu Road between Castle Street and Bridge Street. In 1854 the Gunman estate came on the market and Pencester Road was laid out by Mr William Moxon. Soon after that the erection of houses commenced but before the surface of the road could be metalled, Mr Moxon’s financial difficulties brought matters to a standstill, the river only being bridged by a plank. The bridge was finally built in 1862. Pencester Gardens opened in the 1920s.

"Dover in World War Two: 1942 (1) is a ten minute British Ministry of Information film, released by the US Office of War Information, and narrated by the American journalist, Edward R. Murrow.

The video contains a short clip of Pencester Gardens in which a local resident (accompanied by her father) is interviewed.

The whole video can be seen at Dover in World War Two: 1942 or choose one of the other pre-selected entry points:

Dunkirk Evacuation 0:00:40

Winston Churchill 0:01:22

The Mayor 0:05:49

Dover Town Hall 0:06:25

St Martin's Battery 0:07:03

(1) Original titles: Dover (1942) or Dover Front Line.

John Latter on May 15, 2007

The eastern entrance foot-bridge is behind and slightly to the right of where this photo was taken from.

Click to see a higher resolution version (relatively speaking) of Dover in World War Two: 1942

John Latter on October 17, 2009

John Latter, on May 9, 2007, said:

The silver 'Witches Hat' of the Millenium Pavilion can be seen on the left - although a bit difficult to make out because of the buildings of Pencester Road in the background.

Click to see The Witch`s Hat (Millenium Pavilion) of Pencester Gardens.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 20, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/03/11 10:03:10
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • Flash fired