Dover

Properties and events in Dover

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Animals of the Maison Dieu Webinar

Maison Dieu, Biggin Street, Dover, Kent, CT16 1DL
Online event
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Discover a menagerie of real and mythical creatures and their stories in carvings and stained glass from Dover’s historic Maison Dieu.

Blessed Mary of Walmer

Blessed Mary of Walmer, Church Street, Walmer, Kent, CT14 7RX
In person
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Dating back to the 12th century, this delightful church contains six funerary hatchments, including that of The Duke of Wellington who worshipped there.

Captain's Garden, Deal Castle

Opposite Deal Castle, Victoria Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 7BA
In person
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Historically this was an ornamental and a kitchen garden for the Captain of Deal Castle, a very prestigious post in its time. For years neglected, it is now being brought back into use.

Catholic Church of St. John the Evangelist

149 St. Richards Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 9LD
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This unusual design in a free version of the Romanesque style has a west front of unusual design which recalls some entertainment buildings of its period. There will also be an exhibition of St Ethelburga’s school which used to be in Deal.

Chapel of the Sacred Heart

318 Dover Road, Walmer, Kent, CT14 7NX
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The only remaining part of the Convent of the Visitation, this Grade II listed chapel was designed in 1881 in Gothic style by Peter Paul Pugin and Cuthbert Pugin, but not completed until 1890.

Charlton Church St Peter and St Paul

St Alphege Road, Charlton, Dover, Kent, CT16 2PU
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Celebrating 130 years of Charlton Church, local Charlton history, the Dover-born mountaineer who dared Nanga Parbat and the priest who did time!

Chitty's Mill

2 Lower Mill Lane, Deal, Kent, CT14 9AG
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The remains of Chitty's Steam Mill are to be seen in this private garden.

Deal Cemetery Chapel

Hamilton Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 9BH
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A refurbished chapel building, originally built as two chapels in 1856.

Deal Museum

Deal Maritime & Local History Museum, 22 St. Georges Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 6BA
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The Deal museum portrays the changing history of Deal, Walmer and the surrounding area, and is packed to the rafters with fascinating glimpses into the past with special events happening across the weekends.

Deal Timeball Tower

Timeball Tower, Victoria Parade, Deal, Kent, CT14 7BP
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Discover an iconic Grade II listed building on the seafront, which is a reminder of the importance of the town to the navy in Georgian times.

Deal Town Hall

Town Hall, High Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6TR
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Deal Town Hall is an elegant Georgian Grade II listed building dating from 1803.

Dover Baptist Church

Dover Baptist Church, 27-32 Maison Dieu Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 1RF
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Relocating from the Salem Chapel in Biggin Street, this new church was built in 1969 as new home for the congregation

Dover College | Dover Priory

The Bursary, Effingham Crescent, Dover, Kent, CT17 9RH
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Ancient Priory of St Martin, Founded in 1130. Building works completed in 1140. Surviving buildings- only Norman refectory in the world still used for its original purpose.

Dover Marine Station & Admiralty Pier

Western Docks, Dover, Kent, CT17 9EQ
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Guided tour of Dover Marine Station and Admiralty Pier. - available to book soon, full details to be added in due course.

Dover Transport Museum – A celebration of Dover’s trams and East Kent buses.

Port Zone, Willingdon Road, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, CT16 2JX
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Enjoy an illustrated talk on Dover’s once famous tram system, visit our East Kent Road Car Co. exhibition and access unseen EK Bus archive material and photographs. All inside the fascinating Dover Transport Museum with its old Dover street scenes

Dover Unitarian & Free Christian Church

Adrian Street, Dover, Kent, CT17 9AT
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A tour of the church & grounds explaining its 200 year old history

Fort Burgoyne

Fort Burgoyne, Fort Burgoyne Road, Guston, Dover, Kent, CT15 5FN
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A rare opportunity to explore Fort Burgoyne and discover more about the site’s history and it’s diverse range of wildlife. Parade ground, stables, terreplein and some casemates will be available to explore at your leisure. Tours of restricted access

Grand Shaft Staircase

Grand Shaft, Snargate Street, Dover, Kent, CT17 9BZ
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The Grand Shaft staircase will be open Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September 2024 for self guided walks up and down the unique and fascinating triple helix staircase hidden inside Dover's white Cliffs

History of North Deal

Landmark Centre, 129 High Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6BB
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This year the Addelam History Research Group present research on North Deal.

Life Story Workshop

Landmark Centre, 129 High Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6BB
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Creative Writing Workshop - Personal histories of living in Deal

Maison Dieu - Meet the Conservators

Maison Dieu House, Biggin Street, Dover, Kent, CT16 1DW
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Maison Dieu - Meet the Conservator at Maison Dieu House

Maison Dieu building site tours

Maison Dieu, High Street, Dover, Kent, CT16 1DL
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Join us for a rare behind the scenes glimpse of building and conservation work in progress as we get this incredible 800-year-old building ready for re-opening

Royal Marines Heritage Walk

Captain's Garden, opposite Deal Castle, Victoria Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 7BA
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A guided walk marking the long association of the Royal Marines with the area and the establishment of a heritage trail devoted to that history.

St Andrews Church Buckland

Crabble Meadows, Buckland, Dover, Kent, CT17 0TR
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St Andrew's church is a much loved ancient parish church situated in a beautiful spot nestled behind the Buckland Mill Village site

St Edmund’s Chapel

Priory Road, Dover, Kent, CT17 9RG
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Open to public visitors with guided management. A place of registration for Ride and Stride cyclists and walkers.

St Edmund’s Chapel - Ladywell Guardian

Priory Road, Dover, Kent, CT17 9RG
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The Ladywell guardian has stood watch for eons: providing healing to all who seek it. She watches as her precious waters are contaminated and built over as humans increase.

St Mary the Virgin Parish Church

Cannon Street, Dover, Kent, CT16 1BY
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St Mary's is Dover's civic church. It is a Saxon/Norman foundation largely rebuilt in 1843 with original arches and columns reinstated

St Paul's Catholic Church

103 Maison Dieu Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 1RU
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TOUR OF THE HISTORIC CHURCH FIRST BUILT IN 1868, AND REBUILT IN 1987 AFTER A FIRE

St. Andrew’s Church, Deal

St. Andrew’s Church, West Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6DY
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Known as ‘The Boatmen’s Church’, it is built in the Early English style of Kentish ragstone with Caen stone dressings and a tiled roof. The interior is particularly notable for the wooden chancel arch which resembles the upturned prow of a ship.

St. George's Church, Deal

St. George's church, High Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6BA
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St George’s Church is a Grade II* listed Queen Anne structure.

St. John the Evangelist Church, Kingsdown

Upper Street, Kingsdown, Kent, CT14 8BJ
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Completed in 1850 and funded by William Curling who also built the local school.

St. Leonard's Church, Deal

St. Leonard's church, Rectory Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 9LU
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The Parish Church for Deal - dates back to at least 1180 and has been considerably modified ever since (described by one Bishop as 'the most cockeyed church in Christendom').

St. Martin's Church, Great Mongeham

St. Martin's Church, Northbourne Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 0HL
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This church tucked away from the main road is a 'tour de force' of thirteenth century architecture, north and south aisles with narrow pillars create a large space for worship.

St. Mary the Virgin Church, Ripple

Church Lane, Ripple, Kent, CT14 8JL
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Discover a Grade II* listed parish church built in 1861 on the site of an earlier church.

St. Mary’s Church, Walmer

St. Mary's Church, St. Mary's Road, Walmer, Kent, CT14 7QA
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St Mary's is a fine example of Victorian Gothic revivalism, being surprisingly large and airy for a parish church.

St. Nicholas' Church, Ringwould

Church Lane, Ringwould, Kent, CT14 8HR
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Grade I listed 12th century church with 14th century additions and a tower from 1628, much altered in the 19th century.

St. Nicholas' Church, Sholden

St. Nicholas Church, London Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 0AN
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This old church (13th Century) was built as a chapel of ease to Northbourne Church.

St. Peter & St. Paul Church, Sutton

Church Hill, Sutton, Kent, CT15 5DF
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A delightful simple 2 cell church, 12th century in origin, grade II* listed with 19th century additions, including an apse by Arthur Ashpital.

St. Saviour’s Church, Walmer

St. Saviour's Church, The Strand, Walmer, Kent, CT14 7EG
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A Victorian chapel of ease built 1848-49 in the Neo-Gothic architectural style, for the town's boatmen, and to help serve the growing congregation of Blessed Mary of Walmer.

St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Church, Deal

Blenheim Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 7DB
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The church in late Norman style by F A Walters was officially opened on the Feast of St. Thomas of Canterbury in December 1885.

Stories in Stained Glass

St. Mary's Church, St. Mary's Road, Walmer, Kent, CT14 7QA
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A talk about the local stained glass of national significance at St Mary’s Church, Walmer, exploring the saints, stories and symbols in the beautiful stained glass windows.

The History of Deal's Piers

Royal Hotel Car Park, Beach Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6JD
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A leisurely walking tour with commentary and photos to learn of the history of Deal’s three piers and its earlier jetties, along with structures that were never built.

The story of Sandown Castle

Sandown Castle Community Garden, Sandown Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 6NY
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A guided tour of the Sandown Castle Community Garden, once a castle - does anything remain under the sea wall and gardens?

Upper Deal History Tour

St. Leonard's Church, Rectory Road, Deal, Kent, CT14 9LU
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The tour will delve into the history of the area from the 16th century.

Walmer Court Medieval Manor House

Medieval Manor House, Church Street, Walmer, Kent, CT14 7RP
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Discover the substantial and well maintained remains of this 12th century medieval moated manor house, which is not normally open to the public.

Wanstone Rediscovered

Wanstone Battery, Reach Road, St. Margarets-at-Cliffe, Dover, Kent, CT15 6HY
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Wanstone Battery is a time capsule from the darkest days of the Second World War. Now the subject of an exciting community archaeological project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, visit an area not usually open to the public.