Ex-King’s Arms Library, 1-2 Snargate Street, Dover, Kent, England, United Kingdom

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Built by William Batcheller (historian, publisher, printer) in 1826 with Stationery shop, Library (over 5000 books in 1828), Reading room (magazines, reviews, newspapers, etc.), and Assembly room (promenades in the season, quadrille and card assemblies in winter). Now stands on corner of Bench Street and A20 Townwall Street near Roman Severus Gate. Georgian Architecture (ruins). Urban Dover History, Travel, Tourism, and Vacation.

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John Latter on February 23, 2013

A Quadrille is a historic dance performed by four couples in a rectangular formation, and a precursor to traditional square dancing.

The Roman Severus Gate beneath the A20 was also known as Boldware Gate. Townwall Street is so named because it originally followed the line of the medieval town walls.

The King’s Arms Library later became the Victorian "Shakespeare Family & Commercial Hotel" that eventually extended over the Crypt Restaurant further along Bench Street (now demolished).

At some point Faith & Co, a greengrocers "by appointment to Prince Arthur", occupied (at least part of) the ground floor.

In the 1970's the building housed Walters' Furniture and Carpet Shop, carrying a sign saying "Dover Carpet Centre". The former library's last use was as Castle Amusements (an amusement arcade) and it now stands derelict. How the mighty have fallen.

The following photo shows how the construction of the A20 Townwall Street dual carraigeway and York Street bypass have separated the building from the rest of today's Snargate Street:

Night Panorama of Townwall Street and York Street Roundabout, Dover

The beige-coloured building below the Western Heights to the left of the King’s Arms Library was once the New Mogul public house (pub) in Chapel Place. The left-handside of the ex-library faces the seafront promenade, beach, and sea of Dover Harbour.

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John Latter on February 23, 2013

Bench Street leads to King Street and the Market Square; behind and to the left of the viewer, Cambridge Terrace leads to the Indian Mutiny Rifles Monument in Camden Square, New Bridge, Marine Parade, and seafront promenade.

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