Graves of the Victorian Cowgate Cemetery, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on April 15, 2007

My intention was to take a general view across Cowgate Cemetery with the English Channel as a pleasing backdrop.

With my usual ineptitude, I've managed to lose the Channel completely. There you go: no more day trips for anyone 'til they've fitted wheels to the cross-channel ferries. Blame me if you want to - I'm used to it ('sigh').

Cowgate Cemetery, now a Nature Reserve, is located on the lower slopes of Dover's Western Heights. The image was taken from just in front of a row of family vaults.

If you're feeling brave, then take a look at an internal view of a vault.

I'll post more info on the cemetery anon.

John Latter on April 23, 2007

Standard Info

Abridged extracts from the plaque just inside the main (northern) entrance:

Dover's Cowgate Cemetery is named after the medieval gate which allowed townspeople to graze their animals on the lower slopes of the Western Heights.

The land, over two acres in extent, was donated by William Mowll and consecrated in 1835 by the Archbishop of Canterbury as an extension to the Parish churchyard.

The layout of the cemetery is attributed to Stephen Geary, the architect who designed London's Highgate Cemetery.

In 1990 the Wildlife Conservation Community Program (WCCP) discovered a small population of the Garden Dormouse (Eliomys quercinus) living in the cemetery. The Garden Dormouse is not 'officially' recorded as living in Britain.

Click on the 'Cowgate' tag for more images/photos.

John Latter on September 17, 2009

Click to see a YouTube video of Cowgate Cemetery (part of which shows the exterior of the 'empty coffin' vault.

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  • Uploaded on April 15, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/04/15 08:06:24
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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