Caponier Tunnels, North Centre Bastion, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK (6)

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John Latter on April 24, 2007

This image was taken on the 2nd level of the North Centre Bastion's Caponnier on Dover's Western Heights.

The access ramp from Tunnel 1 (see 'annotated satellite view' below) is on the left and the steps on the right lead to a three-room gallery located directly above the northern end of Tunnel 1.

The first room of the gallery has an L-shaped opening overlooking the ramp. The opening is bound by iron-railings which can be seen through the top of the lefthand arch in the above photo.

Image taken on the 'Second Expedition', April 18th, 2007.

Standard Info:

See the Satellite view of the North Center Bastion annotated with tunnel system locations, surface features, drawbridges, etc.

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).

Also see St Martin's Battery

John Latter on April 27, 2007

Turn 90 degrees to the right in the above photo and this is the view of the 2nd level balcony looking towards the front of the Caponnier

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).

tessg907 on April 29, 2009

how many levels does it have???

John Latter on April 29, 2009

tessg907 said:

how many levels does it have???

There are two main 'square levels' and this photo was taken on the upper level (just a couple of feet away from, and at right angles to, the other photo that you looked at).

There is a third branching level which you get to via the steps on the right in the above image. It consists of three arched sections of tunnel extending for 30 meters or so.

Thank you for your interest :)

John Latter / Jorolat

Part of the Images of Dover website.

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  • Uploaded on April 24, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/04/18 11:53:50
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
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