East Cliff


"When East Cliff ( i.e., the land under the Castle Cliff ) was first built upon, it was considered to be extra-parochial, but it subsequently became a civil parish.  The houses built beyond East Cliff, at Athol Terrace, were also, for a time, considered extra-parochial, thereby escaping payments of rates; but, on the 9th April, 1847, the question was tested at the East Kent Quarter Sessions, when, after hearing twenty witnesses, it was decided that the houses were in the parish of Guston, and were thereafter so rated; but, for municipal purposes, they are in the borough of Dover.(J.B.J. 1907)

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East Cliff looking west.  The public house with the sign of a sailing ship is called the "First and Last" - it is the first pub you will find after entering England and the last before leaving!

This was probably not always true, though - look at the building with the flint panels.   Between the upper windows is evidence of an old inn-sign having once hung there.

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East Cliff looking east towards Athol Terrace.  The cliffs can be seen in the background.

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East Cliff seen from its junction with the main dual carriageway to the docks.  If you look closely, you can see that the cliffs rise from the back yards of the houses to the castle walls above.

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"Waterloo Mansions" is the last remaining building of its type on the sea front.  Before WW2 these blocks were all along the front.

Moat Bulwark

Moat Bulwark is a substantial ruin dating from the reign of Henry VIII.   A tunnel connects the bulwark to the castle on the cliff top.  A similar bulwark once stood at the opposite side of the estuary.

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Athol Terrace is the eastern-most part of the town of Dover, overlooking the entrance to the Eastern Docks.  The White Cliffs can be seen towering above the roofs of these houses.