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Upper And Lower Oil Mills, Dover, Kent - REPORT 29/06/08

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the upper and lower oil mills are a horse shoue shape and have had many usages built before 19th century they were used to store oil in and as air rade shelters in the war this report is for both upper and lower as i took so many pictures i cant differetiate between them

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