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Victorian Colour Photo of Connaught Park and Dover Castle, Kent, England, UK

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Derived from a United States Library of Congress photomechanical print dated circa 1890-1900. Park opened by Duchess of Connaught on Tuesday, 1st May 1883, who planted the small tree enclosed in an iron fence near the centre of the photo. Skyline: King Henry II's Keep (Great Tower), Inner Curtain Wall and King’s Gate, Western Outer Curtain Wall and Constable’s Gateway. History, Nature, Parks, Gardens, and Recreation.

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John Latter on March 22, 2013

The arch at the end of the ornamental lake (or fish pond) is part of a drinking fountain donated by E F Astley MD, an ex-Mayor of Dover. As it is dated 1883, I presume it was part of the "original fixtures" along with a water feature just out-of-shot to the left:

Victorian Fountain Statue, Connaught Park Lake, Dover

The photo shows buildings at the top end of Connaught Park (directly below the Keep) that are no longer there. Volume 48 of the 1895 book, The Education Outlook lists (at least) four names against "Connaught Park School, Dover". If the buildings housed a school then I equally presume the names are those of teachers, rather than pupils.

A Dover District Council Connaught Park webpage states:

This park is the first park established in Dover dating back to Victorian times.

Set on the hillside below Dover Castle it provides facilities for both recreational and sporting activities.

The open grass slopes provide a pleasant environment for a stroll offering excellent views across the town.

The lower part of the park is set out in a more traditional style with an ornamental lake and lawns leading to an aviary.

Within the park there are both grass and hard tennis courts and a play area for children.

Historical note on Dover's first Air Raid Shelters in the First World War. An extract from the 1919 book, Dover during the dark days by Stanley William Coxon:

In 1917 the air attacks were apparently getting more serious, and on my being invalided to the reserves and returning to take up civil duties - September, 1917 - as Borough Engineer, Dover, I found that instructions had been issued by the Dover Town Council to my deputy, to prepare dug-outs for the shelter of the civil population. The first to be excavated was in the Connaught Park, principally for the shelter of the children playing there during the daytime. This was, however, used quite frequently, later, at night by the residents in that district.

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John Latter on March 22, 2013

This photo also appears on the Pinterest Old Dover board at:

Victorian Print of Connaught Park Pond and Dover Castle, United Kingdom

And repeated on the Pinterest Dover Parks and Gardens board at:

Victorian Print of Connaught Park Pond and Dover Castle, United Kingdom

Also worth a look is this pre-1967 image, also on the Pinterest Old Dover board:

The Whale Jawbone Arch of Connaught Park

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John Latter on March 31, 2013

Other Victorian Colour Photos

A closer view of Dover Castle:

Victorian Colour Photo of Dover Castle from Connaught Park, United Kingdom

One shows a close-up of the iconic cliffs:

Victorian Colour Photo of the White Cliffs of Dover, United Kingdom

Another shows the White Cliffs of Dover on the other side of town to the above (and explains a connection with William Shakespeare and his play, King Lear):

Victorian Colour Photo of Shakespeare Cliff, Dover, United Kingdom

A view of the Western Docks area of the port and the English Channel::

Victorian Colour Photo of the Admiralty Pier, Dover Harbour, United Kingdom

Last, but not least:

Victorian Colour Photo of Dover Castle, Seafront, and White Cliffs, United Kingdom

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  • Uploaded on March 22, 2013
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    by John Latter
    • Taken on 2013/03/22 11:24:05