Sunrise Panorama of Dover Marina Hotel, Waterloo Crescent Beach, Kent, UK

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John Latter on September 13, 2011

The white Dover Marina Hotel and the Tolkin Liu sculptures imbued with the golden glow of a rising sun at 6.59 am on Thursday, 1st of September, 2011 (1) (larger size).

Dover Marina Hotel & Spa occupies the centre section of Waterloo Crescent with the western section, (Dover Harbour Board's "Harbour House", out-of-shot to the left and the eastern section, the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club, out-of-shot to the right.

Waterloo Crescent is a Grade II Dover Listed Building located on Marine Parade at the western end of the seafront promenade, or esplanade. It was designed by the architect, Philip Hardwick and built between 1834-1838 (2).

Waterloo Crescent overlooks Dover Harbour and the English Channel.

Cambridge Road runs behind Waterloo Crescent.

Dover Marina Hotel & Spa

The hotel is owned by Best Western:

The Best Western Dover Marina Hotel & Spa is a recently refurbished seaside gem on the waterfront with the White Cliffs of Dover in the background. Opposite the beach, with excellent access to the Ferry and Cruise Ship Terminals and 10 minutes from Eurotunnel, it is ideal for business and leisure. Thanks to its fusion of 21st Century comfort and 19th century Victorian décor, the hotel is full of character and bursting with charm. State-of-the-Art rooms, sea views and a charming atmosphere make Best Western Dover Marina Hotel & Spa a wonderful place to stay. Located on the seafront and within easy access of the A20 and A2 the hotel provides you with the opportunity to enjoy a day out in Kent, or even a day trip to France or Belgium. (3)

...2012 is the year of the Olympic Games and Dover is especially blessed with the Olympic Torch relay visiting Dover on the 18th of July 2012 (see the 2012 Olympic Games Giant TV Screen in the Market Square photo). (3)

Also see:

Golden Panorama of the Victorian Waterloo Crescent at Sunrise

Panorama of Waterloo Crescent from the Prince of Wales Pier


The central section of Waterloo Crescent is perhaps best known for once being the "White Cliffs Hotel", after which it became the "Churchill Hotel" until early in 2010 (BBC News: Churchill Hotel closes) before opening as the Best Western Dover Marina Hotel & Spa in 2011.

Apparently, Sir Winston Churchill visted the White Cliffs Hotel during his time as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (1941-1965). One of his equally well-known war-time colleagues also dined there:

Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was a five-star general in the United States Army and the 34th President of the United States from 1953 until 1961; he was also the last American president to be born in the 19th century. During World War II, Ike served as Supreme Commander of the Allied forces in Europe, with responsibility for planning and supervising the successful invasion of France and Germany in 1944–1945. (4)

Operation Fortitude was the codename for the deception operations used by the Allied forces during World War II in connection with the Normandy landings (Operation Overlord: June 6th, 1944). It was divided into Fortitude North, a threat to invade Norway, and Fortitude South, designed to induce the Germans to believe that the main invasion of France would occur in the Pas de Calais rather than Normandy. (5)

Fortitude was one of the most successful deception operations of the war and arguably the most important. Both Fortitude North and Fortitude South were related to a wider deception plan called Operation Bodyguard. (5)

As part of Operation Fortitude, General Eisenhower made an appearance at the White Cliffs Hotel (6):

At Dover, across from the Pas de Calais, the British built a phony oil dock. They used film and theater (theatre) stagehands. The King (George VI) inspected it. Eisenhower gave a speech to the "construction" workers at a dinner party held at the White Cliffs Hotel in Dover. The Mayor made satisfied remarks about the "opening of a new installation" in town.

The RAF maintained constant fighter patrols; German reconnaissance aircraft were permitted to fly overhead, but only after they had been forced to 33,000 feet, where their cameras would not be able to pick out any defects in the dock. Dover resembled an enormous film lot.

The right-hand end of the centre section was once the Shalimar Hotel.

The Tonkin Liu Artworks, or Sculptures

Meandering across the pebble-strewn beach in the foreground is the Lifting Wave, part of three artworks called "Lifting Wave, Resting Wave, and Lighting Wave" designed by London-based architects, Tonkin Liu and officially opened in 2010.

Across the promenade above the beach is part of the rib-walled undulating Resting Wave (each part looking like the prow of a rowing boat from this angle), topped by eight of the sixteen "light towers" of the Lighting Wave. The whole is described in a 2010 Dover District Council and Kent County Council newsletter (7):

The Lifting Wave is a series of sculptural ramps and stairs that rise and fall to connect the beach to the Esplanade.

The Resting Wave is a sculptural retaining wall that provides sheltered spaces with weathered oak benches.

The Light Wave is a sculptural line of white columns bringing improved lighting and safety. The lighting can be controlled to create a dynamic wave movement.

A more comprehensive description can be found on this Architecture Today webpage which states:

Lifting Wave, Resting Wave, Lighting Wave harnesses the architectural language of Doverʼs identity, evoking the gentle nature of waves on the sheltered beach, the rhythmical sweep of the Georgian seafront terrace and the topography of the White Cliffs.

The design has won an award from the Royal Institute of British Architecture (RIBA):

The Dover seafront has been transformed by artworks that take the form of three waves gently washing up against the sheltered beach. The Lifting wave is a repeating form of curving white concrete ramps and staircases that rise and fall to connect the Esplanade to the lower shingle beach. The Resting wave is a second sculptural white concrete wall made up of a series of moulded curves. The recesses house oak benches, the promontories raised lawns. The third wave is the Lighting wave. The lighting columns rise and fall like froth on the bubbling crest of a wave.

These deceptively effortless interventions lend this shore line path a true sense of place and of fun.

Also see:

The Tonkin Liu Artworks or Sculptures at Sunrise, Dover Seafront

Elsewhere in the photo

About a quarter of the way in from the right-hand edge on the promenade is the brown block of the Dunkirk War Memorial. The memorial was erected in 1975 to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 1940 evacuation from France of the British Army and Allied troops by the Royal Navy. See all Dover Memorials.

I went onto the beach to take a photo of Harbour House and only took the above shot as an afterthought, not realizing (because I need glasses) that my push bike would be in the centre of the frame (you can see the shape of the black panniers where the Lifting Wave "touches" the promenade). Oops - still, I'm sure no-one will notice! :)

Part of Burlington House (far right).

Geology (8)

A pebble is a clast of rock with a particle size of 4 to 64 millimetres based on the Krumbein phi scale of sedimentology. Pebbles are generally considered to be larger than granules (2 to 4 millimetres diameter) and smaller than cobbles (64 to 256 millimetres diameter). A rock made predominantly of pebbles is termed a conglomerate. Pebble tools are among the earliest known man-made artifacts, dating from the Palaeolithic period of human history.

A beach composed chiefly of surface pebbles is commonly termed a shingle beach. This type of beach has armoring characteristics with respect to wave erosion, as well as ecological niches which can provide habitat for animals and plants.

Related Photos

Other photos taken under interesting light conditions include:

The Second World War Dragon’s Teeth of Dover Beach at Sunrise

MS Saga Ruby Cruise Ship and a God of the Night, Dover Harbour

Panorama of Dover Harbour, Seafront and Eastern Docks at Sunset

Waterloo Crescent is a Grade II Listed Building (9).

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

Building Details:

Building Name: 1-30

Parish: DOVER

District: DOVER

County: KENT

Postcode: CT16 1LA


LBS Number: 177820

Grade: II

Date Listed: 30/06/1949

Date Delisted:

NGR: TR3207341174

Listing Text:



1050 Nos 1 to 30 (consec)

TR 3241 1/2 30.6.49.

TR 3141 2/2

TR 34 SW 7/2



Built in 1834-8 by Philip Hardwick. 3 sections, the centre one containing 19 houses, the outside ones 5 houses each. 5 storeys and basement with area. 3 windows to each house.

Stuccoed with rusticated ground floor. Round-headed windows on the ground floor and round-headed doorways. Continuous iron balconies on the 1st floor supported on thin iron columns from the ground floor and with continuous hood over. (This balcony has been replaced by a glazed veranda with balcony over it on No 16). The end houses of each section have curved fronts.

These end houses and the 9 centre houses of the main section have Corinthian pilasters from the 1st to 2nd floor supporting tile entablature (which is continued along the houses without pilasters) and above this a stucco-fronted 3rd floor with round-headed windows, plain pilasters between them, cornice and parapet above with mansarded roof containing the attic storey.

The other houses have no stucco above the entablature, but 2 storeys arranged in a double mansard, the upper one set back and both fronted with slates, Most glazing bars missing. Entrances at the rear.

Nos 1 to 30 (consecutively) Waterloo Crescent form a group.

Listing NGR: TR3207341174

Source: English Heritage (List entry Number: 1145901).


(1) The photo was taken during my early morning cycle ride: two laps of Robsons Yard - Eastern Docks - Prince of Wales Pier - Robsons Yard.

(2) The architecture of Waterloo Crescent can be described as Victorian or Georgian. From Wikipedia:

"Georgian architecture is the name given in most English-speaking countries to the set of architectural styles current between 1720 and 1840. It is eponymous for the first four British monarchs of the House of Hanover - George I of Great Britain, George II of Great Britain, George III of the United Kingdom, and George IV of the United Kingdom - who reigned in continuous succession from August 1714 to June 1830."

(3) Abridged from Best Western Dover Marina Hotel and Spa webpage

(4) Dwight D. Eisenhower

(5) Operation Fortitude

(6) Extract from "Ike’s spies: Eisenhower and the espionage establishment", by Stephen E. Ambrose and Richard H. Immerman (first published 1981)

(7) Dover District Council and Kent County Council @ your service ISSUE 39 SPRING/SUMMER 2010: "The Newsletter for Dover District residents incorporating Kent County Council’s Around Kent pages."

(8) Wikipedia entry for Pebble

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

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

An Urban Dover and Dover Panorama photo.

A Dover Seafront and Beach history location.

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Anton Bacea on November 27, 2011

Very beautiful photo!


Greetings from Romania, Anton

John Latter on November 27, 2011

Bacea Anton, on November 29th, 2011, said:

Very beautiful photo!


Greetings from Romania, Anton

Thank you, Anton - Greetings from Dover, England!

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  • Uploaded on September 10, 2011
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/09/01 06:59:38
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 20.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash