2012 Olympic Games TV Screen, Ellie Cafe Bar, Market Square, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on October 25, 2009

As a result of London hosting the 2012 Olympic Games, Dover has been chosen as an "Olympic Live Site" and a giant TV screen is now up and running in the Market Square.

A Dover District Council Press Release about using the screen to broadcast this year's (2009) Last Night of the Proms states:

The installation of the Big Screen in Dover this year followed a wide range of partners working together. It was installed for use by the community for information and local events, as well as for national events, and the Olympics in 2012. The BBC provides content and manages the screen.

'The Ellie Cafe Bar' pub was formerly the 'Elephant and Hind'. An entry in Barry Smith's 1991 edition of, "By The Way: The Dover Pubs" reads:

Elephant and Hind, 18-19 Market Square: It was formerly the "Walmer Castle" and the "Duchess of Kent". Permission was given in 1962 for the two to merge. The license of the "Duchess" was forfeited and Fremlin and Mackeson shared the proceeds for the new business.

The antiquity of the buildings meant the practical rebuilding of the whole and following that it reopened as the "Elephant and Hind" in October 1964._

The new name was chosen because the 'Elephant' and the 'Hind' were the respective logos of the two breweries who owned the pubs: Fremlins (the Elephant) owned the Walmer Castle and Whitbread (the Hind) owned the Duchess of Kent. Barry smith's error in saying, "Fremlin and Mackeson" owned the pubs has been perpetuated on a number of websites I've looked at.

Whitbread's certainly owned the Mackeson brewery, but they had done so since the 1920s and the only logos I can find for Mackeson's are the 'milk churn' for Mackeson`s Milk Stout and a coat of arms (possibly Hythe's, where the Mackeson brewery was located) on other Mackeson beers. The Hind logo is associated with the parent company of Whitbread, not Mackeson itself.

The Ellie Cafe Bar is also shown on the, "Old Market Hall, The Ellie, Discovery Centre, Dover" and Dover Museum, Old Market Hall, Market Square photos.

To the right of the Ellie Cafe Bar lies Gaol Lane which contains Dover's only remaining cinema (out of shot), owned by Silver Screen Cinemas. Gaol Lane leads on to Queen Street where I lived for the first three years of my life (see the armchair and rocking horse photos) and where I later attended St Mary`s C of E Primary School.

Above the right-hand side of the fountain lies the long low structure of a horse trough, now filled with flowers, that was once sited at the junction of Folkestone Road (Maxton) and Elms Vale Road. For details of the inscription on its side see the, "Market Square and Cannon Street, Dover, Kent, UK" photo.

There is a photo of the Horse Trough`s original location in the Picasaweb Images of Old Dover album.

Above the lit lamp-posts on the left of the photo is a salmon-pink building that is actually in King Street. In days gone by, this used to be Pelosi's Cafe/Restaurant and also the Top Hat Restaurant (I'm pretty sure it was "Pelosi's" first). Between this building and the one to the right is Flying Horse Lane where the Ex-Poppe Inne Restaurant, 1-2 King Street, Dover UK photo was taken.

The 'Big Screen' and Ellie Cafe Bar are on the south side of the Market Square so I had to wait for a cloudy day :)

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  • Uploaded on October 12, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/10/11 10:53:32
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    • F/Stop: f/8.000
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