Georgian Wood Engraving of the King’s Arms Library, Dover, Kent, England, UK

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George Wilmot Bonner's art illustration commissioned by William Batcheller who built the library at 1-2 Snargate Street in 1826: Stationery shop, Library, Reading room (papers, etc.), and Assembly room (promenades, quadrille and card assemblies). Now on corner of Bench Street and A20 Townwall Street near Roman Severus Gate. Urban Architecture, Art, and Victorian History.

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John Latter on February 24, 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.

George Bonner

George Wilmot Bonner (born 1796-1836) was known notably for having invented the art of printing in several colours using a combination of plates. In 1828 (and probably before) he was based in Kennington, "a suburb of London on the Surrey side" He trained two other well-known wood engravers: William James Linton and Henry Vizetelly. Bonner died in 1836.

William Batchellor (not Batchelor)

William Batcheller was a historian, printer, and publisher of the Dover Telegraph newspaper. Thirty years after building the King's Arms Library, this is how he advertised it:

Batcheller's King's Arms Library, No. 1, Snargate-street, near the Parade, contains 6000 volumes, embracing every branch of English literature, and new publications are continually adding to the number. A handsome room is fitted up for the accommodation of subscribers, and the table is constantly supplied with six daily, and thirteen weekly and provincial papers, besides magazines, reviews, etc. Adjoining the library is a stationery shop, furnished with a large selection of books, prints, fancy stationery, music, drawing materials, etc. A selection of pianofortes, harps, guitars, etc., constantly on sale or hire.

The "Parade" is Marine Parade on the sea front. A modern-day view of the building, along with a brief description of its subsequent history, can be found at:

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

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John Latter on February 24, 2013

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

Night Panorama of Townwall Street and York Street Roundabout, Dover

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  • Uploaded on February 24, 2013
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    by John Latter
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