Sea of Tranquility, Kearsney Abbey, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on May 5, 2007

Logjam: A view of the River Dour after it has left Kearsney Abbey's lake. Between that point and the waterfalls at the eastern limits of the Abbey grounds the river diffuses into a network of ponds and streams, dotted with islands.

Hidden under a canopy of trees and lush with vegetation, this is one of the least known and most tranquil of locations - and always interesting to explore!

Current images of the waterworld include a nesting mute swan and the stranded log (but also use tags such as "Birds" or "Kearsney Abbey" to check for later additions).

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.

Capturing Kent 2009 on March 14, 2009

hello im looking for potential "wild water" spots..have you ever been swimming here? or anywhere else in Kent?

also could you advise how to get my photos uploaded so that they appear when people google a particular area? i tried but failed....thanks!

i did try to find a place to send you a more discreet email however this is the only place i could find....

John Latter on March 14, 2009

Unfortunately, swimming in any part of Kearsney Abbey would be 'frowned upon'; the area shown in this particular image isn't really deep enough either.

I haven't been swimming in any other Kent location, I just use the beach or Sports Centre.

I see you've managed to upload some photos - if you add a description and some appropriate geographical tags then I'm sure they'll eventually be indexed by Google.

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  • Uploaded on May 2, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/05/01 13:39:58
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 11.50mm
    • F/Stop: f/3.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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