River Dour Mill Waterfall, Kearsney Abbey, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on May 5, 2007

One of many small waterfalls at the far eastern end of Kearsney Abbey's extensive grounds. The waterfalls are formed by the River Dour tumbling through ruined buildings on its way to Dover and the sea.

The area of the Abbey from the eastern end of the boating lake to where this photo was taken is usually missed by visitors who enter Kearsney Abbey by the main entrance. Perhaps this is because of an assumption that the wide open grounds they initially see are bordered by the treeline.

After the River Dour leaves the boating lake it diffuses into a network of shallow ponds and tributaries dotted with islands and hidden beneath the kind of dense foilage shown above - this photo of a nesting mute swan on one of the islands will help give you an idea (also see the stranded log).

To find your way to this part of Kearsney Abbey take the footpath that disappears under the treeline at the northern end (ie same side as the billiard room/cafe) of the boating lake.

Use tags such as "Birds" or "Kearsney Abbey" to check for later additions to these photos.

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.

© Alan Knox on December 22, 2007

A beautiful waterfall in a stunning park John, you've documented the history of the park wonderfully too. Great shots!


John Latter on December 22, 2007

Thank you, Alan :)

I only really became interested in photography in March so I'm looking forward to taking some Winter photos of Kearsney Abbey - providing we get a decent snowfall for a change!

Vervesys.com on October 27, 2010


John Latter on November 5, 2010

Vervesys.com, on 27th October 2010, said:


I'm pleased you like it :)

John Latter / Jorolat

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 2, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/05/01 13:45:47
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 17.40mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • Flash fired