A TIMELINE OF THE HISTORY OF DOVER, KENT, ENGLAND

By Tim Lambert

1st Century AD A Roman settlement called Dubris grows up at Dover. The Romans build lighthouses on both sides of the Harbour.

407 The Roman army leaves Britain

600 A Saxon village exists at Dover

10th Century Dover is a fortified town with weekly markets and a mint

1066 The Normans burn Dover

Late 12th century King Henry II builds a stone castle at Dover

1203 Hubert de Burgh builds the Maison de Dieu

1216 Dover Castle is besieged but it does not fall

1295 The French burn Dover

1348 At the time of the Black Death Dover is a busy little port with many fishermen

1583 Dover gains an enclosed harbor

1665-66 Dover suffers a severe outbreak of plague

1760 Dover is known for its shipbuilding and rope making industry

1778 A body of men is formed with powers to pave the streets of Dover and light them with oil lamps

1794-95 A network of fortifications is built overlooking Dover

1812 Crabble Mill is built

1820 Steam ships carry passengers across the Channel to Calais

1822 Dover is lit by gas

1850 Dover Hospital opens

1861 Dover is connected to London by rail

1875 Captain Webb swims from Dover to France

1897 Electric trams begin running in over

1909 Louis Bleriot flies from France to Dover

1928 The first car ferry runs from Dover

1936 A train ferry begins. The last electric trams run.

Second World War In Dover 216 civilians are killed

1968 A hovercraft runs from Dover to France

1971 A Roman house is discovered in New Street

1981 Charlton Shopping Centre opens

2001 Dover has a population of 36,000

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