Dover, England, a city in Kent. It is on the Strait of Dover, about 65 miles (105 km) southeast of London at the foot of the white chalk cliffs. The Dover River runs through the town. Dover is about 22 miles (35 km) from Calais, France, and is the most important English Channel port. It is near the Kent coal fields and has flour mills and paper and chemical factories. Docks and shipyards are built on land reclaimed from the sea.
There are restored Roman and Norman fortifications in the chalk cliffs. The Dover lighthouse is said to date to 43 A.D. Dover was an important naval base in World War I. During World War II, it was the chief port for the Dunkirk evacuation. It was under almost constant German artillery fire from France during 1940–44.
Population (district): 104,565.