Lebanon Cedar Tree, Kearsney Abbey, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom

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John Latter on May 5, 2007

This cedar tree from Lebanon is the most well-known of all the trees living in the extensive grounds of Kearsney Abbey near Dover.

Once its trunk (or trunks!) were simply encompassed with a chain but either continued growth or old age have resulted in the tree being fenced off.

Other trees worthy of note include the Sentinel Tree and the Red Tree.

Extracts from the plaque inside the Abbey grounds

Kearsney Abbey, on the opposite side of the Alkham Road to the Manor House, was built in 1820-22 by John Minet Fector, son of Peter. It incorporated many remnants of medieval Dover, such as parts of the town walls and churches, which John had collected during redevelopment of the town. Because of its mock medieval appearance the house and grounds were given the title Kearsney Abbey even though there had never actually been such an abbey.

...During the Second World War (1939-45) the house was commandeered as an army headquarters after which the house and grounds were purchased by Dover District Council as a public park.

...A phased programme of demolition began in 1959 and sections disappeared until only the west wing containing the billiard room (now the cafe) remained.

More information, including historical details from the Norman Conquest onwards, can be found here.

From the wikipedia entry for Kearsney Village:

Kearsney is a village in Kent, although at one time it would have been called hamlet due to there being no church in the village. The name is taken from an old Saxon name for a place where watercress grows. Kearsney is situated between the parishes of River and Ewell. Being an administrative part of Dover borough it was part of the parish of River.

The River Dour flows through Kearsney from west to east to form the central lake.

Also see Connaught Park and Pencester Gardens.

Eva Kaprinay on July 4, 2008

Beautiful tree :-) Good shot! Cheers Eva

John Latter on September 8, 2009

Eva Kaprinay, on July 4, 2008, said:

Beautiful tree :-) Good shot! Cheers Eva

Thank you, Eva :)

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John Latter on February 6, 2013

The Lebanon Cedar Tree (Cedrus libani) is native to the mountains of Mediterranean region. Phoenicians used it for shipbuilding, ancient Egyptians used its resin in mummification.

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  • Uploaded on May 1, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/05/01 13:32:22
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