Clock Tower and former Lifeboat House

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Clock Tower and former Lifeboat House

History

The Lifeboat House was built in 1866 by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), which had taken over the lifeboat service from the Dover Humane and Shipwreck Institution in 1855. The building was modified in the late 1870s to accomodate a bigger lifeboat.

The Clock Tower was built in 1876-7 to the designs of George Devey (1820-1886). The work was commissioned by the Dover Harbour Board, and following the completion of the Clock Tower, Devey was further commissioned to design a marine bathing establishment and to lay-out some adjacent building land. The building work was undertaken by a local builder, W.J. Adcock. The Clock Tower is all that remains of Devey's work, the rest being destroyed by shelling in World War II.

The Lifeboat House was originally orientated with its doors to the north, and Devey located the Clock Tower to the east of the Lifeboat House and linked the two buildings to the north with an archway. Devey created both a stylistic as well as physical link between the two buildings, giving the appearance of a complex, rather than two isolated structures. In 1892, construction started on the new Prince of Wales Pier so the Clock Tower and Lifeboat House, in the way of the new pier approach, were both carefully taken down and re-erected a very short distance away, but on a different alignment with one another. The connecting archway was lost at this time.

George Devey was born in London in 1820. During the latter part of his formal education, between 1832 and 1835, he attended King's College School, London, where he was taught drawing by John Sell Cotman. A skilled draughtsman, he was articled to, and later employed by, architect Thomas Little in Northumberland Street, London, who appreciated his talent for drawing. It was not until 1846 that Devey set up an architectural practice by himself. As well as designing new houses, much of Devey's work was remodelling older houses and designing estate buildings. It was through these more modest buildings that he revealed most clearly his understanding of, and sympathy for, vernacular building. Devey is now recognised as a pioneer of the interest in English vernacular architecture in the late C19. He enjoyed the patronage of a number of Liberal politicians, and it was Devey's friendship with Lord Granville, Liberal statesman and Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, that brought him the commission for the Clock Tower at Dover Harbour.

Source:www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk

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Comments (8)

Chris10 © on June 25, 2012

Hayoooo, ben je alweer op de terugreis? Dat is snel!! Hier schijnt het zonnetje welk heel erg mooi op het geheel.

Daag, Christien.

Erik van den Ham on June 25, 2012

Nee joh het begin van einde of het einde van het begin.......confusion!

Over terugreis gesproken ....al weer veilig thuis?

Fijne avond, Erik

Chris10 © on June 25, 2012

Yep, ik ben weer veilig thuis ;) Vandaag was het weer errug wisselvallig en bij Schokland moesten we van kleding wisselen, zo nat waren we geregend. Het voordeel was dat we alles bij ons hadden ;) Ook in Urk wisselden de weerbeelden in grote snelheid! Wat een dag, wat een dag...

Gister vond ik weer heel leerzaam en gezellig en ach, dan zet je al die regen toch gewoon weer uit je gedachten. Er komt vast ook nog eens een dag dat het 'ons' meer gegund is/wordt, toch?

Groetjes, Christien.

Erik van den Ham on June 25, 2012

Hmm hadden jullie toch beter in het Noorden kunnen blijven hangen. Wij hadden vandaag best aardig weer met maar een paar spetters (en dat terwijl jullie er niet waren ;-)

Twas zeker wel gezellig jammer dat de weergoden ons niet iets beter gezind waren.

Doei, Erik

bdeh on June 27, 2012

Schitterende opname met dat MOOIe zachte licht op de bebouwing Erik. Groeten Berend

Nadia Kushnir on June 27, 2012

LIKE!

Christos Theodorou on July 19, 2012

Beautiful light & very nice shot - Greetings from Athens.

Erik van den Ham on July 19, 2012

Dank Berend en Dina het was een heerlijk wandeling en een verademing om hier zo vroeg rond te stappen. Enkele uren later was het er weer een gekkenhuis met alle drukte zo bij de haven.

Thanks Nadia and Christos the morning light gave me a wonderful golden hour!

Groeten, Regards, Erik

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