Looking westwards from the main (northern) entrance of Cowgate Cemetery, located on the lower slopes of Dover's Western Heights. The southern entrance is closed.
A sexton's house used to stand just inside the gate on the righthand side but now only the foundations remain.
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
living in the cemetery. The Garden Dormouse is not 'officially'
recorded as living in Britain.
Click on the 'Cowgate' tag for more images/photos.
Click to see a YouTube video of Cowgate Cemetery (part of which shows the exterior of the 'empty coffin' vault).
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This photo was taken a couple of years ago in 2007.
I've now got a go-faster camera capable of showing the whole of the gateway (less that part hidden by vegetation) and so have retaken this view at:
Cowgate Cemetery Main Entrance, Western Heights, Dover, UK.
I've also added a shot of the main gates taken from inside the cemetery:
Cowgate Cemetery Main Entrance (Inside), Western Heights, Dover, UK.
I'll also be adding other photos of family vaults, graves, and tombstones in the next week or so: check the Cowgate tag for latest additions.
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