Dover Counselling Centre, St James Street, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on October 3, 2009

The road at the bottom right of the photo, coming in from the right as Maison Dieu Road and exiting seamlessly to the left as Woolcomber Street, divides St James Street into two parts.

The shorter eastern portion, out of shot to the right, snakes past Old St James Church and The White Horse Inn before joining Castle Hill Road on its way up to Dover Castle.

The main, or western, part of St James Street used to run southwestwards (to the left in the photo) before turning north into St James Lane where the The Lord Nelson Pub and Flying Horse Lane photo was taken.

The main reason only these three houses remain of St James Street, and why Old St James Church is now a 'tidy ruin', is because of the shell and bomb damage sustained during the Second World War when Dover was known as 'Hellfire Corner' (see the Dover in World War Two: 1942 video).

More recently, the St James area has become part of the Dover Town Investment Zone:

A planning application has been submitted for a multi million pound proposal to develop the St James's area in Dover Town Centre, which could bring more than 500 jobs to the area.

I'm not sure if the three remaining houses of St James Street will escape the redevelopment (I wouldn't have thought so), so I took the photo just in case :)

Just above the partial view of the red car on the far left of the photo is the cream and white building of what was once The Castle public house in Russell Street (sometimes called The Castle Inn - see more Dover pubs).

Also on the far left are the lower slopes of the Western Heights which contains an embedded Napoleonic 'hidden fortress' some 1500 yards long and up to 600 yards wide.

The Street Names of Dover website has the following entry:

"St. James Street - So named because it leads directly up to St. James Church, the old one as we now call it. Until about the year 1856 the old rectory stood just opposite at the corner of Woolcomber Street making the road so narrow there that a white stone was placed against the Rectory wall to prevent carts in passing from striking the house. In our grandfather’s days St. James Street was the route taken by the coaches from Deal. One can hardly imagine four horse coaches dashing down that narrow street and turning a sharp corner into St. James Lane and thence into the Market Square. It was then the fashionable part the “West End of Dover” and there are remains in it of many of the good houses where the “elite” lived. Some of the houses at the lower end of the street are probably of the 13th or 15th century and are very picturesque. One of the houses has a curious ceiling in one room, with the letter E. and R. introduced into a pattern showing that the house was built in the days of Elizabeth Regina. The first Meeting House for Quakers was in the street opposite St. Margaret's Place."

John Latter / Jorolat

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 1, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/09/27 11:28:47
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 28.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/13.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash