Cowgate Cemetery Nature Reserve Main Entrance, Western Heights, Dover, UK

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John Latter on September 23, 2009

Nearly two and a half years ago, I took five photos of Cowagte Cemetery and uploaded them to this website. I've now decided to add to this number (using a much better camera!) and to 'repeat' the original photo of the main entrance on this page. Right, on with the caption:

The Victorian Cowgate Cemetery Main Entrance on the lower slopes of the Western Heights, Dover, UK. The cemetery is now a nature reserve (see 'Standard Info' below) and is only lightly maintained.

The photo was taken from the top of Cowgate Hill just before noon on Friday, 18th of September, 2009.

Click to see the Main Entrance from inside the gates.

Standard Info

Abridged extracts from the plaque just inside the main (north) entrance:

Dover's Cowgate Cemetery is named after the medieval gate which allowed townspeople to graze their animals on the lower slopes of the Western Heights.

The land, over two acres in extent, was donated by William Mowll and consecrated in 1835 by the Archbishop of Canterbury (William Howley) as an extension to the Parish churchyard (St Mary`s).

The layout of the cemetery is attributed to Stephen Geary, the architect who designed London's Highgate Cemetery.

In 1990 the Wildlife Conservation Community Program (WCCP) discovered a small population of the Garden Dormouse (Eliomys quercinus) living in the cemetery. The Garden Dormouse is not 'officially' recorded as living in Britain.

Click on the 'Cowgate' tag for more images/photos.

Click to see a YouTube Video of Dover`s Victorian Cowgate Cemetery (part of which shows the exterior of the 'empty coffin' vault).

For more information see The Dover Society - Cowgate Cemetery Project and Cowgate Cemetery Volunteers.

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John Latter on October 23, 2009

Cowgate Lane, which seperates Cowgate Cemetery from the Gorely House Almshouses, is out of shot to the left.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 22, 2009
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/09/18 11:41:35
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 24.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash