Winchelsea Quarry from the Western Heights, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on November 10, 2009

An Autumn view of Winchelsea Quarry, the chalk cliff-face in the upper centre of the photo.

Below the left-hand half of the cliff-face, and extending further to the left, are the houses of Winchelsea Terrace.

Beneath Winchelsea Terrace is Winchelsea Street where Malcolm Hood lived when we were both pupils of Christchurch Infants School (alt. Belgrave School) in the 1950s.

On the right of Winchelsea Terrace and Winchelsea Street, and at right-angles to them, Winchelsea Road leads down to Folkestone Road (which runs from left to right across the photo, although the road itself is not visible).

There is an interesting article (including plans and photos) about the Winchelsea Quarry Air Raid Shelter during the Second World War.

According to Streets of Dover:

Winchelsea Street: This name is another instance of a Lord Warden's name being used for our streets. In the reign of Charles II we read of one George Finch Earl of Winchelsea as being Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. A descendant of his married daughter of Edward Rice Esq. our representative in Parliament in 1837.

The large building on the right, set back from Folkestone Road and with the two red skips in front of it, is the ex-Westmount College. The National Anglo-Jewish Heritage Trail website has this entry:

Dover - Westmount, formerly Rabbi Cohen's School (Sussex House Academy For Jews) and Mount Ellis home of Jewish Colliery owner, JJ Ellis.

More info on this building is in the caption to Westmount College on Fire, September 2007.

Towards the top left-hand corner of the above photo is a large white building with a tower on its left-hand side. This is the Dover Grammar School for Boys where I was a pupil from 1962 - 1967, after which I joined the Army Apprentices College, Harrogate, Yorkshire - which is where Malcolm Hood (and Kerry Manning) went, too!

This photo was taken from the upper northern slopes of the Western Heights, a few yards from the North Entrance to Dover's extensive Napoleonic and Victorian defense system.

The green lawn area at the bottom is a 'football field', an unused man-made blot upon the landscape. At the bottom of the slope are the houses of Clarendon Place, apparently the longest row of Victorian terraced houses in England (I lived at 81 Clarendon Place during the late 1950s and early 1960s).

Parallel to Clarendon Place is Clarendon Street, and then Folkestone Road lies in the bottom of the valley.

Dover Priory Railway Station lies further down Folkestone Road, some 300 yards to the left of Westmount College.

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  • Uploaded on November 10, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/11/09 11:16:52
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 35.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash