Bitter battle to save King Lear’s green valley from the developers
Lear’s valley, eh?
The fight for the Farthingloe valley, a long, narrow green strip that extends to the western outskirts of Dover, has been especially bitter. The valley is within the Kent Downs area of outstanding natural beauty and makes up much of the rural hinterland behind the 300ft Shakespeare Cliff, the most westerly of the chalk cliffs at Dover. The cliff is owned by Dover district council and the National Trust owns a portion of land. The valley may have provided some inspiration for a scene in King Lear, which gave rise to the cliff’s name, coined in the 18th century.
Err, yeah. So, an 18th cent story about a 17th (16th?) century play, about an 8th century BC mythological character first recorded in a 12th century “history” is being used as a reason why people can’t build a house or two just outside Dover.
This is about when I like that stage direction, eaten by bears offstage.