The Devil's Tunnel, North Centre Bastion, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK (1)

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John Latter on April 6, 2007

Turn left at the T2/T3/T4 tunnel junction (as shown on the annotated satellite image), climb some steps, and you're looking down the first long stretch of the Tunnel 4 system.

There's a cave-in further down with only a couple of feet headroom either side plus gunrooms, store rooms, wells, etc..

There are also steps (similar to the steps of Tunnel 4) that once exited on the surface of the Western Heights.

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

John Latter on October 23, 2009

John Latter, on April 6, 2007, said:

Turn left at the T2/T3/T4 tunnel junction (as shown on the annotated satellite image), climb some steps, and you're looking down the first long stretch of the Tunnel 4 system.

That should read, Tunnel 3 system!

T3 is known locally as The Devil's Tunnel, or Devil's Alley. Click to see The Devil`s Tunnel, Tunnel 3 Steps which are behind the viewer in the above photo.

There's now a three-part video of the North Centre Bastion (aka "Dead Man's Island") available on YouTube:

Part 1: The Smokey, North Centre Bastion, Western Heights, Dover UK

Part 2: The Smokey, North Centre Bastion, Western Heights, Dover UK

Part 3: The Smokey, North Centre Bastion, Western Heights, Dover UK

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John Latter on November 21, 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).

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