infobox UK place
country = England
population = 6,693 (2001)
Dover District Council
region= South East England
post_town= Deal|postcode_district = CT14
postcode_area= CT |dial_code= 01304
Walmer is a town in the district of Dover,
Kentin England: located on the coast, the parish of Walmer is 6 miles (10 km) north-east of Dover. Largely residential, its coastline and castle attract many visitors. It has a populationof 6,693 (2001).
Walmer is closely associated with its adjoining neighbour, the town of Deal - sharing many amenities and services and benefiting from Deal's High Street shopping area.
Walmer railway stationis on the Kent Coast Line.
Julius Caesarreputedly landed on the beach here in 55 BCand 54 BC. It is only one possible landing place, but [http://www.athenapub.com/caesar1.htm it is the most probable] , judging from the distances given in his account of the landings in his "Gallic Wars". It was in the 19th century thought that he landed by Deal Castle- hence a house there with SPQRemblazoned on its gate - but the landing-point is now put half a mile further south, beyond the lifeboat station, and marked by a concrete memorial.
Walmer Castleand its beautiful formal gardens are a major attraction for visitors. The official residence of Lord Warden of the Cinque Portssince the 18th Century, the building is now an English Heritageproperty.Famous Lord Wardens have included Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, Sir Winston Churchill, William Pitt the Younger(whose niece Lady Hester Stanhopefirst created the gardens), and the Duke of Wellington (of the Battle of Waterloofame). Wellington lived there for 23 years and the castle houses not only a collection of Wellington memorabilia but also the room in which he died.
The Castle was built in
1540as one of three on this part of the Kent coast by orders of Henry VIII. The others were nearby at Deal (southern Deal) and Sandown (north Deal) - the Deal one survives, the Sandown one has been lost to coastal erosion.
People from Walmer
People born in Walmer include:
Old St Mary's Church, Walmer
St Saviour's Church, Walmer
St Mary's Church, Walmer
* [http://www.walmerweb.co.uk WalmerWeb - the locally operated community website for Walmer]
* [http://www.theheritagetrail.co.uk/castles/walmer%20castle.htm Walmer Castle]
* [http://www.walmercouncil.co.uk/ Walmer Parish Council]
* [http://www.stormit.co.uk/ Walmer based IT Consultancy]
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