Drop Redoubt Link Moat and SW Entrance Steps, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on March 28, 2007

The Southwestern (SW) Entrance to the Drop Redoubt moat system is along the bottom of the moat at the top of the steps.

The road in the foreground (known locally as Military Hill but properly North Military Road) is a bypass built in the 1960s. It now bisects the moat that once connected the Drop Redoubt to the twin bridges and tunnel of the North Entrance of the Western Heights.

Parking is available on the now-unused portion of the original North Military Road (behind the viewer).

The Southwestern Entrance is marked by a white cross in the center of the screen in this satellite view.

Details and image of the Southeast Entrance are here.

Details and image of the Southern Entrance are here.

Details of when the surface structures and insides of Drop Redoubt are open to the public can be found here.

Part of the Napoleonic defense system built along the Western Heights above the town of Dover.

John Latter on April 9, 2007

Standard Info:

The Drop Redoubt 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 Grand Shaft, North Entrance, North Center Bastion - more will be added as time goes on).

John Latter on May 7, 2007

Standard Info:

See the Satellite view of the Drop Redoubt annotated with moat entrance locations, surface structures, etc..

The Drop Redoubt 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 North Centre Bastion, Grand Shaft, 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 December 22, 2009

See the Drop Redoubt and North Entrance Moat photo for a view looking into the moat from the top of the steps (taken in December, 2009, and complete with snow!).

I've made a video of the North Entrance ruins which has been split into two to meet YouTube requirements:

Video of the North Entrance, Western Heights, Dover (Part 1)

Video of the North Entrance, Western Heights, Dover (Part 2)

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John Latter on March 17, 2010

The following terms are being used for ease of reference:

The East Link Moat connects the Drop Redoubt to the North Entrance; the parallel North Tenaille Moat and South Tenaille Moat connect the North Entrance to the North Centre Bastion; the Centre Link Moat connects the North Centre Bastion to the Citadel and Outer Bastion; the West Link Moat connects the Outer Bastion to the now-buried Western Outworks.

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  • Uploaded on March 28, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/03/28 12:28:14
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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