Victorian Norman Street and Medieval Dover College Refectory at Sunset, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 4, 2011

Numbering from the left, this is a view of 1-10 Norman Street with the northern group of numbers 11-19 out-of-shot to the right. Norman Street was built on Priory Fields in 1846; Saxon Street (behind the lamp-post on the left) was built at the same time (1).

The building on the other side of the unseen Effingham Street at the right-hand end of the Victorian terrace is the medieval Refectory of Dover College (see below).

In 1963 - or thereabouts - my family moved to 2 Norman Street (second from the left) from 81 Clarendon Place. I (John Latter!) was a pupil at the Dover Grammar School for Boys (DGSB) at this time which I left in 1967 to join the Royal Corps of Signals at the Army Apprentices College Harrogate in Yorkshire. My family remained in Norman Street until 1969 when they moved to Wrythe Lane in Carshalton, a suburban area of the London Borough of Sutton. The family returned to 24 Albert Road, Dover, in about 1971.

The photo was taken from the Dover Sea Angling Association Social Club on Priory Road at 6.34 pm, Tuesday, 3rd of May, 2011 (I had to double-check the date because I've spent all day thinking it was Sunday!)

Historical Anecdote

In 1869, the British medical journal The Lancet received the following letter (2):


With reference to the paragraph in your impression of the 7th inst., headed "Military Surgery," I quite agree with you that it is unprofessional to publish articles on medical subjects in non-medical papers.

The notice which appeared in the United Service Gazette about the operation I performed on the shoulder-joint was sent to that paper without my knowledge, and I was unaware of its existence until the receipt of your journal of Saturday.

Yours obediently,

J. H. Porter, Surgeon, 97th Regiment*.

Norman Street, Dover, August 9th, 1869.

Surgeon-Major Joshua Henry Porter (1831-1880) was commended for his services at the Siege of Sebastapol (alt. Sebastopol, Sevastopol: Crimean War) and the Fall of Lucknow (the Indian Rebellion of 1857, also see the Dover Indian War Memorial photo). He worked at the Army Medical School, Netley where he was assistant professor of military surgery. (3)

Joshua Porter was also deputy commander of the British Ambulance Service (ie Field Hospitals) in France during the Franco-Prussian war and medical officer in charge of the Kabul force (Kabul Field Force) in the Afghan war (Second Anglo-Afghan War). He died at Kabul in 1880. (3)

*The 97th (The Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot was an infantry regiment of the British Army, formed in 1824 and amalgamated into The Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) in 1881. The regiment was raised in 1824, taking its title from Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany and Earl of Ulster. (4)

In November 1832, the regiment's cricket team played the Colombo Cricket Club at the Rifle Green in Colombo, in the first recorded cricket match in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) (4).

Numbers 1 to 10 Norman Street are a Grade II Listed Building group (5).

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

List Entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: No name for this Entry

List Entry Number: 1363193



The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Kent

District: Dover

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Dover

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 14th of November, 1988

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System: LBS

UID: 177847

Asset Groupings

This List entry does not comprise part of an Asset Grouping. Asset Groupings are not part of the official record but are added later for information.

List Entry Description

Summary of Building

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Reasons for Designation

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2/164 Nos 1 to 10 (consecutive)


Terrace of 10 houses. Circa mid C19 (19th Century). Stock brick with stuccoed ground floor and basements. Welsh slate roof with gabled ends and parapeted fronts with cement coping. Axial brick stacks over alternate party walls, No l's stack has been truncated. Plan: Terrace of 10 houses in 5 pairs. Nos 1 and 2, and 5 to 8 break forward and the right hand end is slightly higher and therefore it is not symmetrical. The houses are of double depth plan and one room wide with front doorways in pairs to the left or right of the front room. Exterior: 3 storeys and basement. Asymmetrical 2:2:4:2 window front slightly advanced at left hand end and right of centre. Ground floor and basement stuccoed and strings at ground floor cornice level and first floor cill level on small brackets. Mostly original 16-pane sashes, in openings with flat gauged brick arches. Nos 7, 8 and 10 have later C19 2-storey canted wooden bays with pilasters, cornices and sashes without glazing bars. 5 pairs of doorways with moulded cornices on small console brackets, mostly original panelled and glazed doors rectangular overlights and flights of steps with original wrought-iron balustrades, except for No 10 which has C20 (20th Century) balustrade. The rear elevation is largely unaltered and many of the original sashes with glazing bars survive. Interior not inspected but expected to retain some original features such as original joinery including staircases and chimneypieces etc.

Listing NGR: TR3162441600

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National Grid Reference: TR 31624 41600

End of Listed Building Entry

Source: English Heritage

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Dover College Strangers' Refectory (6)

The 12th Century Refectory at Dover College provides a magnificent medieval setting in which pupils enjoy all their meals. This building is one of three remaining from the time of St Martin`s Priory and the monks took their meals here some 850 years ago. The special atmosphere is enhanced by the portraits of former Headmasters of the College which hang on the walls, and by the full pipe organ occupying the western end.

The refectory also serves as a splendid venue for special functions,both for the Dover College Community and for visitors. The magnificent acoustics make this a memorable venue for concerts by both pupils and visiting artists.

Dover College is a co-educational independent school in Dover in southeast England. It was founded in 1871, and takes both day pupils and boarders.

(1) The Dover Society: Dover Streets Ancient and Modern

(2) The Lancet London: A Journal Of British And Foreign Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics, Physiology, Chemistry, Pharmacology, Public Health And News - Volume 2, 1869

(3) Wellcome Library: Porter, Surgeon-Major J. H. (1831-1880)

(4) 97th (The Earl of Ulster`s) Regiment of Foot

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

(6) Dover College 5. Refectory

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  • Uploaded on May 4, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/05/03 18:34:18
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    • F/Stop: f/10.000
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    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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