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Cowgate Cemetery Nature Reserve Top Path, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on April 23, 2007

A southerly view looking along the top pathway of Dover's Cowgate Cemetery which has now been designated a Nature Reserve.

The beginning of a row of Family Burial Vaults can be seen on the righthand side of the path.

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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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  • Uploaded on April 23, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/04/15 08:00:18
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash