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Waterworld Mute Swans, Kearsney Abbey, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on May 5, 2007

A pair of mute swans on the River Dour in Kearsney Abbey's 'waterworld' (between the weir and the waterfalls).

I didn't have the time to see what they found so interesting on the riverbank. The tension in the upper swan's neck along with its intense gaze, however, would make me feel distinctly uncomfortable were I a tasty-looking morsel of food...

From the Mute Swan Factsheet:

Food: underwater plants, grasses and cereal crops. The graceful mute swan is Britain's largest bird and one of the heaviest flying birds in the world. There are six other species of swan in the world, but the mute is the only resident one you will see in Britain i.e. it stays in Britain all the year round.

Other images/photos of Kearsney Abbey's waterworld currently include a nesting swan, sea of tranquility, waterfall and the stranded log. Check the tag list (eg "Kearsnay Abbey") for future uploads.

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 2, 2007

A beautiful shot John! Sounds like a lovely area.


John Latter on December 2, 2007

Alan Knox said:

A beautiful shot John! Sounds like a lovely area.

Thank you, Alan :)

The 'Waterworld' is my favourite part of Kearsney Abbey mainly because it isn't landscaped.

It's also the least frequented. Visitors (and quite a few locals) don't even know it's there!

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  • Uploaded on May 3, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/05/01 13:50:40
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 17.40mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • Flash fired