Inner Entrance to Napoleonic Grand Shaft, Snargate Street, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on March 21, 2007

Lower entrance to the Grand Shaft triple staircase on Snargate Street leading to the Grand Shaft/Western Heights barracks on the cliffs above. Built 1806-9 during the Napoleonic Wars.

For more images and info (including free admission open days) see:

Grand Shaft Images

and

Grand Shaft Info

John Latter on May 10, 2007

Standard Info:

Legend has it that one staircase was labelled "Officers and their Ladies", the second, "Senior NCO's and their Wives", and the third, "Other Ranks and their Women".

From a military point of view, however, it would make sense - particularly during an 'emergency' - to introduce a dynamically allocated 'one-way' system.

If troops needed to be quickly dispatched to the port area below, for example, then designating, say, two of the staircases to be 'down only' would result in an unimpeded descent.

Image/photo taken on 5th June, 2005.

Click for information on open days.

The Grand Shaft, built between 1806-1809, is only part of Dover's extensive Napoleonic defenses - click on Western Heights and then check the tag list for all the locations covered (eg Drop Redoubt, North Centre Bastion, North Entrance - more will be added as time goes on).

Also see St Martin's Battery

Work began on Dover's Western Heights fortifications in the 1770s and was intensified, first in the early 1800s because of Napoleon I (Napoleon Bonaparte), and again in the mid-Nineteenth Century because of Napoleon III (originally known as Charles Louis Napoleon Bonaparte).

John Latter on May 15, 2007

A new gateway has been built behind where the above photo was taken from.

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  • Uploaded on March 21, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2005/06/05 10:41:17
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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