Caponnier Interior, North Centre Bastion, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK (3)

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John Latter on April 7, 2007

A Room of Gloom: An internal view of half of the main room in the North Center Bastion's Caponnier taken from the second level balcony.

This image gives quite a good indication of the ambient light level - which is a lot higher than that found in many of the tunnels.

Compare it with this Caponnier photo, taken about a dozen feet to the viewer's left, where the apparent illumination is almost entirely due to the camera's flash..

Two ground floor embrasures can be seen in the far (western) wall and at one time an entrance, some 8 feet above the moat floor outside, existed below and to the right of where this image was taken from.

This entrance has since been blocked up which is a shame because the current entrance is in the most remote and relatively inaccessible place possible!

Standard Info:

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 April 7, 2007

Annotated satellite view of the North Center Bastion showing tunnel systems, drawbridges, surface features, etc..

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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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 7, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/04/01 09:48:00
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • Flash fired