Kearsney Abbey, Dover 1879

Dover, England, Kent, Dover

Brief Description

Kearsney Abbey is a country estate of 10 hectares (25 acres). In its current form it dates form the 17th century. Features include an ornamental lake, open parkland and mature trees. The land was purchased by Dover Council in 1945 and the principal building was demolished in 1957.

Visitor Facilities

This is a municipal site for general public use. Please see: http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/explore-kent/parks-and-open-spaces/kearsney-abbey-gardens.htm

Detailed Description

Since the 17th century several wealthy owners had developed the park by harnessing the River Dour to form an ornamental lake, taming the grassland and planting a collection of native and exotic trees. Cedars, yews, juniper beech, ash, oak and lime, willows, manna ash and a tulip tree can all be seen.

A listed bridge carries the drive across the lake, where there is abundant bird life. The sham ruin where the river enters the park is built from genuine medieval fragments.

Features
  • Ornamental Lake
  • Description: The lake was formed from the River Dour.
  • Ornamental Bridge
  • Description: A listed bridge carries the drive across the lake.
  • Ruin
  • Description: There is a sham ruin built from genuine medieval fragments.
Drive
Access & Directions

Access Contact Details

This is a municipal site for general public use. Please see: http://www.kent.gov.uk/leisure-and-culture/explore-kent/parks-and-open-spaces/kearsney-abbey-gardens.htm
History

Detailed History

Kearsney Abbey, an abbey in name only, was bought by Dover Town Council in I 945. The house was demolished in 1959.

Period

  • 18th Century
  • Late 18th Century
References

References