Victorian Fountain Statue, Connaught Park Ornamental Lake, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on October 28, 2009

Dover Distrct Council has recently drained and cleaned the ornamental lake in Connaught Park, and also restored and reinstated the original Victorian fountain shown in the above photo. I don't know anything more about the fountain, except there appear to be statues of herons around the base.

Recent photos of the pond include:

Connaught Park Pond from the North-West

Connaught Park Pond from the South-East

The Astley Drinking Fountain of Connaught Park Pond

Abridged from Connaught Park:

The key to the park was officially handed over on 1 May 1883 and it was open to the public from that day on. Formally opened by the Duke and Duchess of Connaught on 14 July 1884.

Dover Distrct Council (DDC) have a webpage listing local "Parks and Open Spaces". The entry for Connaught Park reads:

This park is the first park established in Dover dating back to Victorian times.

Set on the hillside below Dover Castle it provides facilities for both recreational and sporting activities.

The open grass slopes provide a pleasant environment for a stroll offering excellent views across the town.

The lower part of the park is set out in a more traditional style with an ornamental lake (above photo) and lawns leading to an aviary.

Within the park there are both grass and hard tennis courts and a play area for children.

The DDC webpage also has entries for Kearsney Abbey and Pencester Gardens.

Click to see more photos of Connaught Park.

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  • Uploaded on October 28, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/10/26 12:58:07
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash