Dover, The Promenade Pier 1901
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This pier was called the Promenade Pier to distinguish it from the Admiralty and Prince of Wales piers, which were both primarily used by steamers and trains. The Promenade Pier opened in 1893, and a pavilion was added six years later, but by 1925 it had become dilapidated. Repair costs were felt to be unjustifiable, and demolition followed in 1927.

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This selection of vintage photographs shows some of our finest piers in their heyday, recalling their glory days when seaside piers were at the heart of the traditional British family holiday.

A Selection of Memories from Dover

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Dover

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My parents ran the youth hostel at 26 east cliff until it moved to London road
Lived in Dover 1950 went to school in Guston just two classes/teachers Mrs Mills in charge, lived opposite Burgoyne Heights houses gone now wonderful memories, came to Dover from Smethwick Stepfather was in Army at the Castle ( Royal Enniskilling Fusilliers),been back its changed so much i remember the seafront houses still had rooves misses (war damage)..John Leavesley 07532253533
When my grandfather came down from Liverpool to visit me and my parents in '59, we went for a meal at the Dover Stage. It was one of the most delicious, satisfying meals I've ever had. Can still remember the sense of the taste now, even though I can't remember what the meal consisted of!
I can look back to sunny days and my uncle helping us to collect fools gold at St Margaret at Cliff. Auntie Alice would pack up a picnic and we would take a ride in the car (I can't remember what type) and we would sit down on the beach, I think it was cobbles, I don't remember any sand. We would spend a couple of weeks of our school holidays with Alice and Jeff, it probably gave mum and dad a bit of peace and ...see more