Drawbridge 2, North Centre Bastion, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK (1)

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John Latter on April 2, 2007

(Also see: Satellite view of the North Center Bastion annotated with tunnel system locations, surface features, drawbridges, etc.)

Drawbridge 2 (Tunnel System 3) of the North Center Bastion on the Western Heights, Dover.

Only some of the main beams of the drawbridge remain. One of the two counterweights can be seen on the tunnel floor - until the late 1960s the drawbridge was intact and could be operated using the counterweights.

A sloped tunnel on the other side of the drawbridge leads up to the surface of the North Center Bastion 'island'.

Behind the viewer, Tunnel 1 leads down to the Caponnier. Around the corner to the right, T2 crosses Drawbridge 3 and ends at the T2/T3/T4 junction.

Not as dark as the other Tunnel Systems but it would still be quite dim without the camera flash.

(Alt: North Centre Bastion)

John Latter on November 12, 2010

The English Heritage Pastscape entry for the North Centre Bastion and Detached Bastion reads (1):

TR 3110 4083 North Centre and Detached Bastions

North Centre Bastion was begun in 1804 during the Napoleonic Wars, as part of the Western Heights fortress in Dover. It remained unfinished at the end of the war in 1815 but was completed to a revised design between 1859 and 1867; this resulted in two linked bastions known as North Centre Bastion and Detached Bastion (2).

Both were surveyed and researched by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England between 1998 and 2001 as part of the Dover Western Heights Survey Project (event UID 1316220 and monument UID 467989). See the archive report and plans for full details: Pattison P The Western Heights, Dover, Kent; Report no 5 North Centre and Detached Bastions.

An English Heritage site and Scheduled Monument; the Detached Baastion is also known as "Dead Man's Island".

Photos of the Detached Bastion are included under the North Centre Bastion tag.

(1) Pastscape: North Centre Bastion

(2) The bastions are linked by the South Caponier (see South Caponier interior; South Caponier exterior).

All photos of Dover's 'Forgotten Fortress' can be found under the Western Heights tag which includes the Drop Redoubt, Grand Shaft, North Entrance, Pre-Napoleonic Earthworks, and St Martins Battery.

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  • Uploaded on April 2, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/04/01 09:42:51
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • Flash fired

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