Drop Redoubt Caponiers 2 and 1, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom

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Comments (9)

John Latter on March 29, 2007

A view from inside the polygonal Drop Redoubt moat system looking southwards from Caponnier No.2 towards Caponnier No.1.

A moat on the righthand side (out of shot) leads to the southwestern entrance and then on to the twin bridges and tunnel of the Western Heights North Entrance.

Image taken about midday on March 28th, 2007.

sacalajacalareja on March 31, 2007

interesting place

John Latter on March 31, 2007

Thank you for your comment Sacalajacalareja - over the years I've shown many acquaintainces, friends and their families around different parts of Dover's "Hidden Fortress" and it has given me a great deal of pleasure to see their reactions.

Dover, of course, is famous for White Cliffs and its large Norman Castle but, should you ever pass through Dover and have more than a few hours to spare, then I would recommend a walk along the Western Heights.

The above photo of the Drop Redoubt (annotated aerial view with brief descriptions of surface features and entrance locations) shows that part of the fortifications that have been 'reclaimed'. Further to the west, along the moat mentioned in the first comment, there is the North Center Bastion with its underground drawbridges etc. A little climbing ability, old clothes, and a torch are needed though!

sacalajacalareja on April 1, 2007

Thank you for your explanation. If I go to England I will pass through Dover to admire this magnificent castle and its surroundings.

I also encourage you to discovering the architecture of Catalonia; the ancient and the modern.

I show you some photos of the monastery of Poblet. It's one of the legacies of the great kings of Catalonia.

sacalajacalareja on April 1, 2007

[Poblet1] (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/64237/)

[Poblet2] (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/64236/)

[Poblet3] (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/64234/)

[Poblet4] (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/64234/)

John Latter on April 2, 2007

A very interesting looking building, sacalajacalareja. I must admit that when I visit something like that, I do like to seek out the 'nooks and crannies' where the public don't tend to go - it sort of makes it more human-sized for me!


NB I had to drop the trailing "/" on the links you gave, just thought I'ld mention it in case anyone else tries to cut & paste.

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 May 10, 2007

Click to see a view from this location looking towards Caponnier 3.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 29, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/03/28 12:20:25
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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