Westmout College started life as a Jewish School founded in 1847 by the Rabbi Raphael Cohen

Renamed as Mount Ellis in 1865 for Leicestershire colliery owner and jewish businessman Joseph Joel Ellis, After Ellis's death in 1885 it became a school once more and was run by Robert Chignell.
He later sold it to a group led by Dover Mayor Dr Astley who had recently formed the Dover College Company.

In later years it was run by Dover Council as an adult education centre it was soon to close and fell into disrepair.

The upper floors were gutted by fire in 2007

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