Notes: The South Eastern Railway opened their terminus at
Dover Town on 7.2.1844. The station consisted of a single
platform and a bay. In 1861 the line was extended the short
distance on to Dover Admiralty Pier where there was interchange
with continental ferries
Construction of the pier started in April 1848 as part of
a new 'harbour of refuge' for the Royal Navy with railway
owned cross channel ferries using the pier from 1851.
From the 1.11.1861 the London Chatham and Dover railway opened
their terminus at Dover Harbour and on 30.8.1864 Chatham trains
also ran on to the Admiralty Pier.
There was only just room for a double line on the pier with
two narrow platforms, one behind the other against the rear
wall. In rough weather waves broke over the pier and the transshipment
of passengers and luggage became a nightmare.
Continuous growth of traffic in the later years of the 19th
Century underlined the need for improving the Admiralty Pier
and in the early 1900's work started on a new Dover Marine
Station on reclaimed land on the north side of the pier. This
station opened as Dover Admiralty Pier for military use only
on 2.2.1915. The original Admiralty Pier station had closed
with the withdrawal of continental ferries in August 1914
after the start of WW1. With the restoration of continental
services after the war the new station was renamed Dover Marine
in 1918 and opened for passenger traffic on 18.1.1919.
For further information on Dover's railways and the Admiralty
Pier see Dover
- Lock and key of the Kingdom web site and East
Kent Local History Pages for pictures of railway remains
at Admiralty Pier.
See also Dover
Harbour Station & Dover
Marine (Western Docks) Station