Cowgate Cemetery Main Entrance Gates (Inside), Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on September 23, 2009

The Victorian Cowgate Cemetery Main Entrance from just inside the wrought-iron gates.

Cowgate Cemetery is now a nature reserve (see 'Standard Info' below) and is only lightly maintained.

The photo was taken at noon on Monday, 21st September, 2009, and complements the view from outside the main entrance taken three days earlier.

On the other side of the gates you can see the top of Cowgate Hill which once joined on to Queen Street (where I first lived and where I later went to St Mary`s Primary School).

In the next week or two, I'll be adding photos of Cowgate Cemetery's family vaults, graves and tombstones taken on the 18th and 21st of September - click on the 'Cowgate' tag to see what's available.

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 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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  • Uploaded on September 23, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/09/21 12:01:52
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 24.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash