Winter Reflections in the River Dour, Pencester Gardens, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on December 12, 2010

This winter view from the Dieu Stone Lane footbridge in Pencester Gardens shows the River Dour flowing southwards towards the sea (where part of it empties into Wellington Dock) under early-December snow, 2010.

The photo was taken from the same spot as Autumn Reflections in the River Dour - no doubt next year I'll add "Spring Reflections in the River Dour" and "Summer Reflections in the River Dour" to complete the set!

Dieu Stone Lane forms the south-east boundary of Pencester Gardens and runs between Maison Dieu Road and the Church of St Mary the Virgin in Cannon Street.

Click to see another view of the Pencester Gardens Foot-Bridge.

The building on the left in the top-half of the photo is the rear of St Mary's Convent (7-8 Eastbrook Place, Dover, CT16 1RP).

Pencester Gardens is located in the centre of Dover and hosts Fairs and other events throughout the year when the 2000 Millenium Pavilion is often used as a stage/bandstand. The park, which opened in 1924, also contains a popular bicycle/bike 'adventure training area' or "skate park"

Standard Info for Pencester Gardens Click to see all photos of Pencester Gardens

Pencester Gardens are bordered to the north and north-east by the River Dour and to the south-west by a children's play area (including a popular bicycle/bike 'adventure training area' or "skate park"). To the south-east Dieu Stone Lane provides the boundary. To the north-west is Pencester Road itself which was laid out in 1860.

Pencester Gardens hosts Fairs and other events throughout the year when the pavilion is often used as a stage/bandstand.

A Timeline Pathway, in which the history of Dover is engraved in 100 flagstones, connects the pavilion to the other pathways at the centre of the park.

A Dover Town Council webpage (under 'History and Heritage') states:

"Pencester Gardens may never have been built if some of the proposed schemes for this area had come to fruition.

When Pencester Road was laid out in 1860, it was intended to build a street, to be called Neville Road, from Pencester Road to Eastbrook Place but this never happened. About 1880 the land was acquired with the intention of using it for a Dover station in connection with the Channel Tunnel, which was then being planned to run from St Margarets.

When that project failed it was suggested that it be used for building a new Town Hall but in the end facilities were improved at the Maison Dieu instead. Other plans included a recreation ground and a relief road to ease congestion in Biggin Street. In its later years the site was used as a timber yard.

In November 1922 the land was purchased by the Corporation and the new gardens were laid out. Pencester Gardens opened in 1924, as well as the usual lawns and flowerbed there as also a play area for children and a miniature golf course. The gardens have been a pleasant green space in the centre of the town since then, and have provided a venue for many fetes and funfairs.

In 2000 a pavilion for band concerts and other performances was built to commemorate the new Millennium."

Dover in World War Two: 1942 (1) is a ten minute British Ministry of Information film, released by the US Office of War Information, and narrated by the American journalist, Edward R. Murrow.

Towards the end, the video contains a short clip of Pencester Gardens in which a local resident (accompanied by her father) is interviewed.

Click to see a blurry still from the video showing the central section of Pencester Gardens.

(1) Original titles: Dover (1942) or Dover Front Line.

Pencester Gardens is the most central of Dover's major parks: Connaught Park is located on the upper (but terraced) slopes of the Eastern Heights, and the Zig Zags Ornamental Gardens are just below the Castle.

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Bluescape on January 7, 2011

Winter is really beautiful outside cities! Very nice shot here! :)

I added you to my favorite photographers, feel free to visit my gallery :)

John Latter on January 8, 2011

Bluescape, on January 7th, 2011, said:

Winter is really beautiful outside cities! Very nice shot here! :)

I added you to my favorite photographers, feel free to visit my gallery :)

Thank you for your comment, Bluescape. I've been looking at some of your Beit el Dine palace photos - not just because I lived in Cyprus for a while (where we used to get Lebanese TV), but also because its nice to be reminded that the temperature can reach double digits!

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  • Uploaded on December 12, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/12/03 11:40:16
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 40.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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