River Dour Golden Reflections, South Kent College, Dover, United Kingdom

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John Latter on December 7, 2009

A late autumn view of the River Dour as it passes the Dover Campus of South Kent College.

The photo was taken while walking from The Park Inn to Pencester Gardens on Friday, December 4th, 2009.

The Bowling Green is behind to the right; South Kent College, one of whose buildings is reflected in the river, is on the left.

Recent views showing similar reflections currently include:

Liquid Gold: The River Dour at The Park Inn

Reflections in the River Dour, Pencester Gardens

But click on the River Dour tag for subsequent additions and all other views of this location (including the Mullard Ducks photo taken nearby earlier in the same week).

A Dover: Lock and Key of the Kingdom webpage states:

The River Dour is about four miles long with its main source at Watersend, near Temple Ewell. An estate map of 1774 shows a tributary coming in from the Alkham Valley but all that now remains of this stream are the lakes at Bushy Ruff, from where the stream flows into the main river at Kearsney Abbey. Sometimes though, at times of particularly heavy rain, this stream runs again, flowing over the fields to feed the Bushy Ruff lakes once more. >From Kearsney Abbey the Dour flows on through the town until it reaches the sea via the Wellington Dock.

The River Dour is listed by the BBC in their Breathing Spaces: A place for nature near you collection and by the White Cliffs Countryside Project under Town Walks..

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John Latter on November 23, 2010

In addition to those found under the Bowling Green tag, the following photos were also taken nearby:

The Pigeon who thinks It`s an Eagle, River Dour

River Dour Cleaning, Ladywell Carpark

And one of another pub:

The Sir John Falstaff

Plus, of course, all photos of the Town Hall.

John Latter on December 8, 2010

The River Dour and the origin of "Dour"

Extracts from Brythonic Languages:

The Brythonic or Brittonic languages (Welsh: ieithoedd Brythonaidd/Prydeinig, Cornish: yethow Brythonek/Predennek, Breton: yezhoù Predenek) form one of the two branches of the Insular Celtic language family, the other being Goidelic.

The Brythonic languages derive from the British language, spoken throughout Britain south of the Firth of Forth during the Iron Age and Roman period.

The Brythonic branch is also referred to as P-Celtic (like Gaulish).

The modern Brythonic languages are generally considered to all derive from a common ancestral language termed Brittonic, British, Common Brythonic, Old Brythonic or Proto-Brythonic, which is thought to have developed from Proto-Celtic or early Insular Celtic by the 6th century BC.

The number of Celtic river names in England generally increases from east to west, a map showing these being given by Jackson ("Language and history in early Britain: a chronological survey of the Brittonic languages, 1st to 12th Century AD"). These names include ones such as Avon, Chew, Frome, Axe, Brue and Exe.

Also river names containing the roots "der-/dar-/dur- " and " -went" E.G. "Derwent, Darwen, Dart, Deer, Adur, Dour, Darent, Went". The Celtic origins seem likely, the meanings more controvertial: Some associate "Der-/Dar-" with the Brythonic word for "OAK(S)" ("derv/dervenn" in Breton, "derow/derowenn" in Cornish, "derw/derwen" in Welsh. Possible but there would have been a lot of oaks around; maybe there was.

As to "-went" some claim this to be a word for "valley" or associated with the Celtic word "nant" for river (like in Welsh). This seems a very unlikely derivation, as there is no known initial consonantal changes from "n-" to "w-". More likely is that the "Der-/Dar-/Dur-" means "water" (c.f. "Dour" in Breton, dowr in Cornish, Dŵr in Welsh) and "-(g)wen(n)(t)" means white/pure.

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  • Uploaded on December 5, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/12/04 13:55:59
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
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