Dover is a port town at the south east corner of England just twenty-odd miles from France.
London Road is at the heart of Dover. It has seen many changes over the years, not least since the Second World War. Many buildings were either shelled or bombed leaving huge gaps. Sadly it took many years for new buildings to replace them.
Starting at the Tower Hamlets junction (where the town's gallows were situated at the bottom of the hill) it continues in a more or less straight line until Buckland Bridge. Incidentally there was a turnpike at Buckland Bridge so you had to pay to go any further!
With the advent of large supermarkets at the edge of town at Whitfield and medium size outlets at the new St James site the High Street has seen a decline in trade. However London Road seems to be holding it's own with a variety of small independent shops. There are a number of convenience stores spread along the road. There is also a selection of take-aways from the traditional fish and chips to near and far-east foods. We also have a butchers but are sadly lacking a wet fish shop.
Seventy years ago the road had twelve pubs, now it has just four, one at the beginning and one at the end with two in the middle.
London Road Dover, well worth a visit!
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