Dover Index

St James's Church and Parish


(map courtesy of Dover Public Library)

The map above is a section from a plan drawn up when the Council was preparing compulsory purchase orders on the properties shaded in pink and yellow.  It shows the area covered by the pictures on this section of the site.  Almost the only remaining buildings on this map are the church (a ruin for 60 years), the adjoining public house, and a short stretch of houses on the north west side of St. James's Street.

The St James's area was extensively damaged in the 2 World Wars and has never been re-developed.  Most of the area has been cleared in the intervening years.  Plans are now in place to develop the whole area, with the major part of it being taken up by a supermarket and car park.

These pages contain pictures and information about the area when it was a thriving community in the centre of the town.  They are linked to maps showing the approximate viewpoint of each picture and include the Church, Woolcomber Street, Trevanion Street, Woolcomber Lane, Trevanion Lane, Trevanion Court, Marine Cottages and Clarence Cottages.

The information is taken from Bavington Jones (1907); old pictures courtesy of Ted Jones.  The Calendar of Events is taken from Welby (1976)

Calendar - a brief calendar of events in and around the Parish 1571-1976 25/02/08 DW
Old maps - show approximate viewpoints for photos 09/02/08  
Old St James's Church (Dover's Tidy Ruin) 09/02/08 JBJ
Clarence Cottages 09/02/08  
Marine Cottages 09/02/08  
Trevanion Court 09/02/08  
Trevanion Lane 09/02/08  
Trevanion Place 09/02/08  
Trevanion Street 09/02/08 JBJ
Woolcomber Lane 09/02/08  
Woolcomber Street 09/02/08 JBJ
Gas Works - Trevanion Street and the Dover Gas Company 09/02/08 JBJ

Old St. James'
Ruins of Old St. James' church next to the White Horse public house.
St James' Street
St James' Street

Once a thriving commercial street, with shops and a school, St. James' Street was, like so many other streets in the town centre, destroyed by enemy bombs and shells.  The pictures show all that is left of the street in the early 1970s (above) and 1999 (right).

Woolcomber Street
Woolcomber Street looking towards Townwall Street
Ashen Tree Lane
Ashen Tree Lane from Castle Hill
St James' Street
The remains of St James' Street with Dover Castle in the background