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Night Panorama of Townwall Street and York Street Roundabout, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 7, 2011

The following caption identifies where the Dover Bronze Age Boat was found and where the Roman Severus Gate and Victorian Dover Synagogue once stood:

The York Street bypass is out-of-shot to the left of the roundabout.

Coming up from bottom-centre towards the roundabout is the A20 dual carraigeway that runs parallel to Snargate Street, a single building of which is silhouetted left of bottom-centre.

On the lower level to the right of the A20 is a 'pathway' whose left-hand border still contains the rails of a tramline that once ran along the now-demolished Northampton Street.

Dover Corporation Tramways was the operator of the second tramway system built in the United Kingdom. It was in operation from 1897 to 1936. The worst ever tram accident in the UK occurred on the system in 1917 during the First World War. (1)

Further to the left of the lower level is a corner of the non-tidal Wellington Dock (a Listed Building). This is the point where the River Dour reaches the sea.

The Dover Synagogue was once located in this area of Northampton Street and Wellington Dock.

On the other side of the roundabout the A20 becomes Townwall Street (the left-hand lanes of which show tailgate light trails). After passing the horizontal oblong of the Sports Centre, the A20 exits the photo behind the Gateway Flats at top-right, passes East Cliff, and then terminates at the Jubilee Way roundabout entrance to the ferry terminal of Dover's Eastern Docks.

Directly above the left-hand side of York Street Roundabout is a four-storey building to the right of which is a boarded-up building plot (once a newsagents).

The Dover Bronze Age Boat, currently the world's oldest known seagoing boat, was found in front (ie to the right) of this building plot and is now on display in Dover Museum in the Market Square. According to results from radiocarbon dating some of the timber, the boat may be 3,550 years old. (2)

Between the four-storey building and the building plot is Bench Street which has a wide underpass, or tunnel, going under the Townwall Street dual carraigeway. The underpass emerges at New Bridge thereby giving pedestrian access to the seafront, beach, and harbour.

At the bottom of the underpass - mid-way between the first two T-shaped lamp-posts on the Townwall Street central reservation - is where the Roman Severus Gate, a water- or sea-gate, once stood (Lucius Septimius Severus Augustus was emperor from AD 193 to 211). Also known as Boldware Gate, and perhaps only of medieval origin, it was mostly demolished in 1762, and then removed in 1800. (3)

Townwall Street is, of course, so named because it approximately follows the line of the old town wall.

Above the four-storey building is the dark mass of Burlington House.

The white square-shape near the top left-hand corner is the side of one of the three remaining houses on St James Street. Above it is the ' jagged spike' of part of the White Horse Inn (a popular pub said to date from about 1300).

To the right of the inn is the dimly-lit west entrance to the ruins of Old St James the Apostle church, founded in Saxon times and probably one of the Dover churches mentioned in the 1086 Domesday Book.

Old St James Church is sometimes called Dover's "Tidy Ruin" and is now a World War II memorial).

A lamp-post in Hubert Passage (which runs between the pub and the church) is also visible, along with lights in the rear of houses fronting onto Castle Hill Road (leading to Dover Castle).

The photo was taken from the Victorian and Second World War coastal artillery position called St Martin`s Battery at 5.41 am on Sunday, 19th of September, 2010.

A Dover landscape archaeology (archeology) and history photo.

(1) Wikipedia entry for Dover Corporation Tramways

(2) Dover Museum: The Dover Bronze Age Boat

(3) Fortified England: Boldware Gate, Severus Gate

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 6, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/09/19 05:41:42
    • Exposure: 30.000s
    • Focal Length: 0.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/14.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash