Main Entrance, Cowgate Cemetery Nature Reserve, Dover, Kent, England, UK

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John Latter on April 23, 2007

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.

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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.

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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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John Latter on September 23, 2009

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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  • Uploaded on April 23, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/04/15 07:57:48
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash