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The Esplanade

The Esplanade

Photographer: Sedgfield, Russell

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869


Item number: 30

Length: 6.7

Width: 6.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"When Dover is approached by water, the traveller is very favourably impressed by the stately houses facing the sea, and which form the Esplanade, Waterloo Crescent, the Marine Parade, East Cliff, and Athol Terrace. It is in these quarters of the town that visitors 'most do congregate' during the Dover season; and here they are able to enjoy, at a moderate expense too, all the pleasures of a sojourn at the sea side; for, as Dr. Parsons says, these houses are very happily circumstanced as regards aspect. The long ranges of comfortable and handsome buildings along the beach, including Marine Parade and Waterloo Crescent, are shown in the photographs; and we have also Athol Terrace, which, like East Cliff, is under the shadow of the Cliff where the Castle is built, together with an excellent representation of the overhanging strata of chalk. These houses on the sea-front look South by East...Before the houses to which we have alluded there are a series of capital promenades. At East Cliff the walk is of stone, as is also that in front of Waterloo Crescent; and on the Marine Parade, too, a pleasant 'constitutional' is possible, even after a heavy fall of rain, the walk having been covered with asphalte."

Text by Samuel J Davies from the book 'Dover'

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