The 2000 Millenium Pavilion of Pencester Gardens, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on March 23, 2007

The Millenium Pavilion in Pencester Gardens.

The Timeline Pathway, in which the history of Dover is engraved in flagstones, connects where the photo was taken from and the pavilion.

Image taken on March 22nd, 2007 (9.50 am).

John Latter on May 9, 2007

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 (1) 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 June 17, 2007

Click to see a still from the above-mentioned video showing the central section of Pencester Gardens (taken from further to the left with respect to the above photo).

NB A high resolution (relatively speaking, that is) version of the video can be seen at Dover in World War Two: 1942 or, again, choose one of the 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 'Look-A-Like' 0:07:03

Pencester Gardens 0:09:41

John Latter on December 30, 2009

The Millenium Pavilion also appears in:

The Witch`s Hat Millenium Pavilion, Pencester Gardens, Dover, Kent, UK

The Witch`s Hat (Millenium Pavilion) of Pencester Gardens

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John Latter on December 7, 2010

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  • Uploaded on March 23, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/03/22 09:50:33
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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