Dover Castle Sea Fog from St Martin's Battery, Western Heights, Kent, UK 1

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John Latter on May 16, 2007

A 500ft-high bank of sea fog from the English Channel flowing into the Dour Valley and about to obscure Dover Castle on the far side.

The three masts (originally four), located at Swindon, date from the Second World War and were part of the Gee Chain.

Image taken from St Martin's Battery on the Western Heights Sunday, 8th of April, 2007.

This is the third of three photos charting the progress of the Fog bank. The first shows it approaching Granville Dock and the second shows the fog bank 'missing' Wellington Dock prior to producing the above image.

What the weather was really like at St Martin's Battery at this time.

Standard Info:

The building of St Martin's Battery began circa 1870 to counter the threat of a French invasion. The Battery was then 're-modelled' in 1940 during the Second World War.

1870 construction is identified by yellow brickwork, that of 1940 by red.

St Martin's Battery is only a very small part of the fortifications on this part of the North Downs - click on Western Heights and then check the tag list for all the locations covered (eg Drop Redoubt, Grand Shaft, North Entrance, North Center Bastion - more will be added as time goes on).

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).

"Dover in World War Two: 1942 (1) is a ten minute British Ministry of Information film, released by the US Office of War Information, and narrated by the American journalist, Edward R. Murrow.

The video contains a short clip of a gun similar to those of St Martin's Battery 0:07:03 in (a probably staged) action.

The whole video can be seen at Dover in World War Two: 1942 or choose one of the other pre-selected entry points:

Dunkirk Evacuation 0:00:40

Winston Churchill 0:01:22

The Mayor 0:05:49

Dover Town Hall 0:06:25

St Martin's Battery 0:07:03

Pencester Gardens 0:09:41

Update: A higher resolution (relatively speaking) version of the "Dover in World War Two: 1942" video/film is available here.

John Latter on May 23, 2007

I've uploaded the first two close-ups of Dover Castle. These are:

Constable's Tower and Canon's Gateway. Check the "Castle Tag" for later additions. Please note, search results are currently displayed in chronological order so close-ups will appear towards the bottom of the first page and then on subsequent pages.

John Latter on October 30, 2007

On May the 22nd, 2007, I said:

I've uploaded the first two close-ups of Dover Castle.

Now that I'm a member of Friends of Dover Castle I've had the opportunity to take many more photos of the Castle so please click on the Castle tag!

Just a few images picked at random:

Avranches Tower (on the east outer curtain wall) looking spectacular in the late afternoon sunshine.

Queen Elizabeth's Pocket Pistol: Except for its name, location, and the fact it's a 'gun', no too internet or non-internet sources appear to agree with any of its other characteristics - read the 'Comment'!

The Roman Pharos: Again, sources can't agree on how many Roman levels there are, or on its height, despite it being an easily accessible object nearly 2000 years old - or is that1700 years? This view of the Pharos explains the mystery of the small square stone set into the top medieval level and this photo is of the Bredenstone, the remains of another Roman lighthouse located in the Drop Redoubt on the Western Heights.

Many more photos of Dover castle are going to be uploaded and it would take too long to describe those which are already available - but take the time to look at two personal favourites: The Round Tower of Peverell's Gate and Colton Gate (where Romans and Saxons used to enter the pre-Norman fortifications).

John Latter on September 26, 2009

John Latter, on May 16, 2007, said:

The three masts (originally four), located at Swindon, date from the Second World War and were part of the Gee Chain.

More information can be found at Swingate Chain Home Radar Station.

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John Latter on November 3, 2009

I've "re-issued" a cropped and edited version of the above photo at:

Dover Castle floating on Fog, viewed from St Martin`s Battery


John Latter, on May 16, 2007, said:

The three masts (originally four), located at Swindon, date from the Second World War and were part of the Gee Chain.

It should read Swingate, not Swindon (oops!)

Nova Opção on October 9, 2014

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 8, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/04/08 10:23:39
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 17.40mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash