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Shakspere's Cliff And South-Eastern Viaduct

Shakspere's Cliff And South-Eastern Viaduct

Photographer: Sedgfield, Russell

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869


Item number: 41

Length: 6.7

Width: 6.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"A climb up Shakspere's Cliff is a source of much pleasure to the visitor at Dover. Here he can obtain another splendid view of the town, harbour, and fortifications, and, looking seaward, has before him mile upon mile of what Washington Irving described as 'blue distance'..."

The tunnel through the Cliff and two others preceeding it were constructed by the South Eastern Railway Company when they extended their line from Folkestone to Dover.

"Although the tunnels are as dark as Erebus, they are yet well ventilated by means of shafts at regular distances, and the swiftness with which the trains traverse them helps to maintain an excellent current of air. On emerging from the tunnel under the Shakspere's Cliff the train passes over the long viaduct which is shown in the photograph, and then enters the Dover station, the terminus of the railway. This viaduct is very strongly built, and its foundations are covered with shingle, which in turn is at high tide covered by the sea. It is here that, every morning during the summer, companies of soldiers are marched, in charge of an officer, for their daily bathing exercise."

Text by Samuel J Davies from the book 'Dover'

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