Category : Characters A-J

(Sir) Arnold BRAEMS – Brass memorial tablet to his wife. He was a merchant in Charles I time, a royalist, hid away in Cromwell’s time, but emerged later and went into Parliament. He bought up land all along the front at Dover and so manipulated the harbour rights, that he made a vast fortune, which ..

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Commissioned into the Worcestershire and Sherwood Foresters Regiment in 1983 and spent several years at regimental duty in the British Army of the Rhine and the United Kingdom, including tours in Northern Ireland and the United Nations in Cyprus. In 1991 he trained as a helicopter pilot and transferred to the Army Air Corps. He ..

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Captain Boyton, an American, crossed the Channel in his life-dress on the 28th and 29th May, 1875. The dress, which is made of valcanised india-rubber, consists of two parts, the upper half covering the body, head, arms and hands, leaving an oval opening in the hood for the face, and the lower pantaloons and boots ..

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“Captain Luke SMITHETT, a Dover man, was Commodore of the Dover Packet Service, and in those days the vessels that he personally commanded nearly always made the quickest passages. Amongst the steamers on the Passage, in 1846, the swiftest were the “Princess Alice”, the “Onyx”, and the”Violet”. Captain Luke Smithett was very proud of the ..

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CAPTAIN WEBB’S GREAT SWIM The most famous feat of swimming recorded in the world’s history was that of Captain Matthew Webb, who swam from Dover to Calais commencing on the 24th and ending on the 25th August, 1875. Captain Webb is a native of Shropshire, was a sailor, and has been several years in the ..

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“THE HUMOURS OF POLITICAL BILL POSTING” “I then moved to 122 Snargate Street, rent £30 yearly. I had a pony and light cart in a stable in Worthington Lane, which I found very beneficial to my work. One night I left my cart out, in order to make an early start the next morning with ..

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Notes on Charles Dickens and Dover: From Dover Express 11 September 1908 “The associations of Dickens in Dover are the subject of an interesting article which appeared in the Journal “The Dickensian” published by the Dickens Fellowship and written by editor, Mr B.W. Matz. “Not only did Dickens bring in Dover in two of his ..

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IT WAS about 6pm that Charles Rolls arrived at Broadlees Down, popularly known today as Swingate, where his French-built version of the Wright biplane was standing on its launching rail. Perhaps to avoid disappointment should conditions prevent him attempting his planned crossing of the Straits of Dover, Rolls told the large crowd that had gathered ..

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Dr.SIMON of Dover: succeeded in reversing image obtained by Daguerrian process of photography: “GALVANO-ELECTROTYPE AND DAGUERREOTYPE Most important reversal of M.Daguerre’s process, called the Daguerreotype Dr Simon, of this town, has just succeeded in reversing the image obtained by the Daguerrian process, which is known to reproduce the object from nature in a contrary sense, ..

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Dr. Charles Robinson, Recorder 1770 – 1807 Dover Museum Accession no. 0.11035 3/4 length oil on canvas, approx 30 x 50″ Painted by ? Hewson, London, 1809 Portrait, seated, in wig and gown Originally Hung in Guildhall. Transferred 1837 to Maison Dieu Now hung in Stone Hall (left side, near door, top row) (info ex ..

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