The Bird Bath and Park Keeper's Lodge of Connaught Park, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on October 30, 2009

A view of the bird bath overlooking the lower terraced lawn of Connaught Park. Right of centre, on the far side of the lawn, is the old Park Keeper's Lodge which is now a private residence (er, at least I think it is).

The white-faced clock on the gable end of the Lodge has been at 2 minutes to 10 for years.

In fact - and bearing in mind I lived away from Dover for quite a while, and nowadays my memory plays me tricks sometimes - there was only one summer in my extreme youth when I can remember the clock actually working - but it lasted for only a few weeks or so and is consequently hardly worth mentioning :)

Recent photos of Connaught Park include:

Connaught Park Pond from the South-East

The Astley Drinking Fountain of Connaught Park Pond

The Victorian Fountain, Connaught Park Pond, Dover, Kent, UK

The Ornamental Lake of Connaught Park

Click to see all photos of Connaught Park.

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. [nb it says 1883 on the commemorative tree's plaque]

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.

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