Gatehouse of Victoria Park, Castle Hill Road, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on December 8, 2009

The Gate House is situated on the west side of Victoria Park at the junction with Castle Hill Road. The actual houses of Victoria Park are on the east side in the form of a single terrace, they were built in 1864.

The length of the Victoria Park terrace (named after Queen Victoria, of course!) can be seen directly beneath Dover Castle in the Dover Town and Dover Castle from the Western Heights photo.

When I win the Euro Lottery, I'm going to buy the WHOLE of Victoria Park :)

Then I can live in the Victorian Gate House, complete with tower, and the servants can live in the terrace (any overflow will have to fend for themselves by camping out in the nearby Zig Zags Park* - there's a limit to my magnanimity, you know!)

From Dover Street Names Origins:

This fine, sweeping terrace of substantial houses was built in 1864 and named after the Queen, who had by then been on the throne for 27 years. These large properties were often rented by the senior officers of the regiments stationed in Dover. There were private tennis courts at the bottom of the gardens and ample accommodation for servants in the basements and attics. These once grand houses are now divided into flats, but from a distance they still are an impressive sight sweeping across the hillside below the Castle.

From The Street Names of Dover:

Victoria Park - Was laid out and named in 1864 when Queen Victoria had already been 27 years on the throne. It occupies land formerly known at Stringers Field between the old* and the new roads to the Castle.

*Click to see photos of Zig Zags Park which replaced the old Castle Hill Road and begins at the other end of Victoria Park to the gatehouse.

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John Latter on August 9, 2010

The Gate House of Victoria Park, Dover is a Grade II Listed Building (1).

The following is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence (PSI licence number C2010002016):

Description: The Gate House

Grade: II

Date Listed: 10 March 2008

OS Grid Reference: TR3238441637

OS Grid Coordinates: 632384, 141637

Latitude/Longitude: 51.1268, 1.3197

Location: Victoria Park, Dover, Kent CT16 1QX

Locality: Dover

Local Authority: Dover

County: Kent

Country: England

Postcode: CT16 1QX

Listing Text

DOVER

685/0/10024 VICTORIA PARK

10-MAR-08 THE GATE HOUSE

GV II

Gate lodge. Built in 1850 in Gothic style. The C20 (20th Century) north extension is not of special interest. Squared and knapped flints with some flint galleting, cement dressings and slate roof with two cemented chimneystacks to the east side.

PLAN: A narrow corner building, of one storey to the north, two storeys to the south and a narrow two storey circular stair tower at the south end.

EXTERIOR: The west or entrance front is faced in squared flints and has a projecting gable with stepped kneelers to the south. This has a small single light C20 casement to the first floor and tripartite window to the ground floor with C20 4-pane wooden casement and cemented dressings. The north bay is set back and is of one storey only with two narrow lights to the window. Attached to the north, to the west of the original retaining wall, is a C20 flat-roofed wooden extension (not of special interest). The entrance is to the south in a narrow two storey circular tower of squared flint with cemented crenellated battlements with pseudo-machicolations, a cemented band between floors, a lancet window and arched doorcase with crenellated top, offset buttresses and ribbed wooden door. The adjoining south gable end has a ground floor narrow wooden C20 fixed window with iron footscraper below. The east side rear elevation to Castle Hill is built of knapped flint with flint galleting and has no window openings. The parapet has cement crenellations and there are cement end quoins. The cement chimneystacks rise above the parapet.

INTERIOR: Refurbished in the C20 but it is reported that some original wooden ceiling beams survive, the living room fireplace may be C19 and the bathroom and bedroom doors were brought in from houses in Victoria Park. A wooden spiral staircase in the tower is thought to be a replacement.

HISTORY: The Gate House was built as the gate lodge to Victoria Park and built in 1850 at the same time as the crescent opposite. Victoria Park was an exclusive crescent of houses, built facing a green to the south-east, below Dover Castle, and is prominent in views of Dover Castle from the south. Victoria Park is reported to have been built as officers houses for the Dover garrison. The Gate House is situated at the junction of Victoria Park and Castle Hill and originally there was a gate in front of the lodge which controlled access to Victoria Park.

REASONS FOR DESIGNATION:

It has architectural interest as a picturesque Gothic style lodge of 1850 with gables, an unusual full-height corner tower (referencing nearby Dover Castle) and is constructed of a varied mixture of knapped and squared flints, some with flint galleting;

As the original gate lodge to 1-26 Victoria Park (listed Grade II) it is visually and functionally part of a planned ensemble with which it contrasts in style and building material;

The exterior survives substantially intact with later window alterations, mainly in character.

Source: English Heritage. Click to see photos of Listed Buildings and English Heritage locations in the town of Dover, England.

(1) Grade II: buildings that are "nationally important and of special interest".

John Latter on May 26, 2011

The Gate House is marked as "Castle Lodge" on an 1865-1866 Ordnance Survey map (click on thumbnail under "All available maps"). Red telephone box behind lamp-post.

John Latter on July 17, 2011

More utilitarian, but almost as cute as the Victoria Park Gatehouse:

Small, but perfectly formed, the Victorian Bread and Meat Store of Dover Castle

John Latter on November 15, 2012

The photo also appears on the Pinterest Dover Town board at:

The Gate House of Victoria Park, Castle Hill Road, Dover

The Victoria Park Gatehouse has been included under this site's Folly tag because of its castle-esque pretensions.

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