King Charles II Restoration Memorial Walk, Dover Seafront, Kent, England, UK

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John Latter on May 18, 2007

The inscription on top of the covered plinth at the beginning of the King Charles II Walk on Dover's seafront reads:

This walk was opened on the 25th May, 1960 by The Rt. Hon. The Lord Cornwallis KBE, MC., JP Her Majesty's Lieutenant for the County of Kent to commemorate the tercentenary of the landing at Dover on the 25th May, 1660 (1) of His Majesty King Charles II on the occasion of the Restoration of the Monarchy.

The Walk is the lower level walkway veering to the left and starts between the plinth and my mountain bike (a Saracen Ikon). The upper walkway passes the Clock Tower to end at the entrance of the Prince of Wales Pier.

(1) From Royal Visitors:

"Charles was greeted by a tumultuous welcome from the vast crowds gathered on the beach and a salute was fired from the guns of the Castle. This acclamation must have, in some part, been due to a feeling of relief at the prospect of having once more a King and settled government after the turmoil of the Civil War. The King must have been greatly moved by the welcome he received, as letters which he wrote afterwards show. The diarist Samuel Pepys was in the King’s entourage and described the event, and an extract from the Dover Corporation Records gives some further details of this historic scene:

"Memorandum. - That the 25th May, 1660, the King arrived in Dover Roads from Holland with twenty sail of His Majesty’s great ships and frigates, the Right Hon. Edward Lord Montague (alt. Montagu) being General, and landed the same day being attended by His Excellency the Lord General Monck who first met His Majesty upon the bridge let into the sea for His Majesty’s more safe and convenient landing, and at His Majesty’s coming from the bridge, the Mayor of this Town, Thomas Broome, Esq., made a speech to His Majesty upon his knees, and Mr. John Reading, Minister of the Gospel, presented His Majesty with the Holy Bible as a gift from this town, and Mr. Reading thereupon made a speech likewise to His Majesty and His Gracious Majesty laying his hand upon his breast , told Mr. Mayor nothing would be more dear to him than the Bible. His Excellency the Lord General was accompanied with the Earl of Winchelsea and a great number of nobility and gentry of England and his life guard all most richly accoutred."

Click to see a portrait of King Charles II by Sir Peter Lely, Principal Painter in Ordinary.

Other features in the above photo include the Lord Warden Hotel (the white building, top left) at the entrance to the Admiralty Pier.

John Latter on September 6, 2009

A welcome addition to Dover's seafront is "Sue's Seafood Stall" which is now located on the promenade just a few yards beyond the King Charles II plinth in the above photo: see "The Clock Tower, Sue's Seafood Stall, Prince of Wales Pier" for the exact location.

John Latter / Jorolat

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  • Uploaded on May 15, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/05/15 06:10:32
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