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Image: Castle Wall.  Click here for more images of Dover.

Dover is an ancient town. As the "Gateway to England" it has faced armies of invasion, been fortified, settled and developed.


If many of the nearly 20 million travellers who annually pass through its harbour remember it only for its white cliffs, that is their loss. For within the protection of its chalk valley the town has the history of England spelt out in its buildings.

To sample a little of this history select a topic from the buttons on the left of the screen. If you want to see some pictures of Dover as it is today click on the photo above.

For more information about the website, books about Dover, places to visit in Dover, Dover web links, click on the 'Information' button on the left.


Image:  St Mary in Castro and Roman Pharos.

New Book About Dover

Dover Then & Now by Paul Wells & Jeff Howe
This book is a collection of old photographs of Dover with modern photos taken from, as near as possible, the same stand point. The “Then” photographs are rendered in a rich sepia tone which contrasts nicely with the modern colour photos.

Each pair of photos is given a double page spread, with the old photos larger than their modern counterparts and an explanatory text. Most of the old photos are from the 19th or early 20th century and cover a good mix of town, harbour and military subjects.

There are a few photos from the mid 20th which stir some memories – I had forgotten what the Market Square looked like before it was pedestrianised and now feel very old!

The authors have a good pedigree, both having been involved in various aspects of Dover local history for a number of years. I would certainly recommend this book to anyone interested in Dover’s history.

Sunrise over Dover Castle 1st Jan 2012

Sunrise over Dover Castle on 11th January 2012. Click on the image to see a larger version.



Image:  Shakespeare Cliff.transparent