Night Panorama of Dover Priory Rail Station from the Western Heights, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 6, 2011

A night-time view of the Victorian Dover Priory Rail Station taken on Sunday, October 17th, 2010, from the Western Heights.

Dover Priory is also referred to as Dover Priory Train Station and Dover Priory Railway Station. Click for information on Dover Priory Station Facilities and Train Times (from National Rail Enquiries).

The two columns of orange blobs on the left-hand side of the photo are reflections off of the carraige roofs of trains parked in the freight area of the station; there are two trains in the left-most column and one in the other.

Below the centre of the photo a covered foot-bridge (approx. 350 yards away) joins platforms 2 and 3 on the left to platform 1 and the Booking Hall on the right. Platform 3 is the outermost of the detached platforms and has a silver-topped train parked alongside it.

Trains to Deal, Ramsgate, Canterbury East, and London Victoria leave Dover Priory through the tunnel between the upper two of the three offset red lights at the top of the photo. Trains to Folkestone Central, Ashford International (Channel Tunnel, Chunnel), and London Charing Cross leave the station through a tunnel in the Western Heights below the viewer.

To the right of the Booking Hall is Priory Station Approach Road with the Priory Hotel on the other side (with light trails). The approach road joins Folkestone Road out-of-shot to the right. The silhouettes of houses on Folkestone Road (which runs left to-right across the photo) can be seen in the bottom right-hand corner.

Above the roundabout at the top of the approach road are Priory Steps that lead up to a ridge on the other side of which is Tower Hamlets and Robsons Yard (where I live!)

The grounds of Dover College are to the right of the Priory Steps.

Half-way down the hillside - between the viewer and Folkestone Road - is the North Military Road (with its "Piggy Steps") which runs up to the Napoleonic and Victorian North Entrance out-of-shot to the left. These are part of extensive fortifications embedded into the Western Heights.

Another component of this "Forgotten Fortress" is the Drop Redoubt, the outer moat of which is immediately behind where the photo was taken from.

A Dover District Council webpage on the regeneration of Dover states (1):

This project is now well advanced with public realm and highways improvements along Folkestone Road and Station Approach. The High Speed Rail Link began its operations in December 2009 an is already well established with business commuters.

It is important that visitors to the town get an excellent first impression and in partnership with Southeastern and our leisure operators, the high speed service will bring day trippers and overnighters keen to explore the vast array of heritage in the District.

History of Dover Priory Train Station (2)

The Victorian Dover Priory opened on 22 July 1861 as the temporary terminus of the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR). It became a through station on 1 November 1861 with the completion of a tunnel though the Western Heights to gain access to the Western Docks area, where LCDR created Dover Harbour station.

Initially the station was known as Dover Town but was renamed in July 1863 (leading to rival SER to adopt the name for one of its Dover stations). Southern consolidated passenger services at Dover Priory in 1927 and modernised the station in 1932.

The Chatham Main Line into Priory was electrified in 1959 as part of Stage 1 of Kent Coast Electrification, under the BR 1955 Modernisation Plan. The line up to Ramsgate, via Deal was subsequently electrified under stage two of Kent Coast electrification in January 1961. The line from Folkestone into Dover Priory was electrified in June 1961.

Also see:

Dover Priory Rail Station from the Western Heights (Day)

Funeral Locomotive of King George VI at Dover Priory

(1) From Dover Priory Railway Station

(2) Dover Priory Station

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 5, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/10/17 06:31:39
    • Exposure: 30.000s
    • Focal Length: 0.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/22.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash