Interesting Facts About the Cliffs of Dover

Updated April 17, 2017

The white cliffs of Dover in Kent County, England, were mentioned by Julius Caesar in his account of a 55 B.C. Roman invasion and by William Shakespeare in "King Lear."

Why the Cliffs are White

The white substance on the face of the cliffs is a limestone chalk consisting primarily of the finely ground shells and exoskeletons of marine life.


The white cliffs of Dover were formed undersea during the Cretaceous Period, which began 13.6 million years ago.

"There'll Be Bluebirds Over"

Though the World War II era classic "There'll Be Bluebirds Over," made famous by Vera Lynn, couples bluebirds with the white cliffs of Dover, that species of bird is not typically found in the area.

James Bond

In the James Bond movie "Moonraker," by Ian Flemming, the villain of the story attempts to kill Bond by bombing the cliffs.

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David White begin writing professionally in in 2004. His work appears in the State University of New York, Oswego campus newspaper, "The Oswegonian," and The Wilbur Weekly, an internet based weekly entertainment leaflet. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in cinema studies from SUNY, Oswego.