THE EXPLORERS WALK1 : An architects walk with Philip Hutton

The Explorers

WALK1 February 24th : 19 Explorers led by Philip Hutton and Charles Holland

Dover could be described as a town of two halves. As extensive Napoleonic defences grew hidden in the surrounding landscape so did hundreds of elegant Georgian and Victorian houses and pleasure gardens. Philip Hutton

The walk began on the green by Castle Hill House and proceeded up Laureston place following the centuries old coaching turnpike to the base of Dover Castle. Philip explained that as the Garrison grew so too a demand for elegent housing for officers and their famililies. Many of the historic houses along the turnpike were occupied by those employed at the Garrison. Along with the elegant houses came a demand for pleasure gardens such as the one, now somewhat over grown, that starts where Lauriston Place and Victoria Park meet and goes all the way  up to the 2 way steps at the corner of Connaught Rd and Castle Hill Road.

Crossing the old officers mess where the housing developers have started clearing the ground for a development of more Regency and Georgian houses,  2020 versions, we entered the West Wing Battery hidden and sheltered.

Never used for action what will this special site become?

The purpose of the Explorers walks is to collect ideas for a community use for the Battery from the wide range of people participating in the 4 Explorers walks. Each Explorer is given a small weather proof note book in which to note their ideas.

All photos by Joanna Jones unless otherwise credited

The Explorers programme is part of Pioneering Places East Kent: Dover developed by Dover Arts Development and Charles Holland Architects to support the conservation and opening up of the West Wing Battery of Fort Burgoyne through art led community engagement

Pioneering Places is part of the national Great Place Scheme, an ambitious project that will make East Kent an even better place to live, work and visit by exploring heritage, developing civic pride and connecting artists and communities. Four projects in Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Ramsgate are being led by cultural organisations to encourage local people to get involved and shape the place where they live. Supported through Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, with Historic England and Artswork, the South East Bridge.