The Devil's Tunnel Steps, North Centre Bastion, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on April 24, 2007

The steps leading up to the first long stretch of Tunnel 3 leading towards the cave-in. Click to see an image of Tunnel 3 taken from the top of the steps.

Image taken at the T2/3/4 junction.

Drawbridge 3 is on the viewers left and through a WWII added brick doorway.

Tunnel 4 begins behind and to the right.

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

tessg907 on April 29, 2009

i walked down this one and videoed it and tere was blue lights in random places in the film butthey werent there :S ???

John Latter on April 29, 2009

tessg907 said:

i walked down this one and videoed it and tere was blue lights in random places in the film butthey werent there :S ???

That sounds very intriguing, Tess. I haven't taken a video camera into the tunnels yet, but I have taken some 'ghost' photos and other photos of 'orbs' (some blue, one glass, etc.).

Spooky! :)

John Latter / Jorolat

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tessg907 on April 29, 2009

do you know where this leads to and can you get past the cave in ???

John Latter on April 30, 2009

tessg907 said:

do you know where this leads to and can you get past the cave in ???

This is the start of Tunnel 3 on the satellite view. The first stretch begins at the top of the steps and goes straight on for about 100 yards or so. The cave-in is at the far end.

You can get past the cave-in, but you have to take care: in this photo (which you've seen) it looks like part of the sidewall has slipped into the tunnel, but in actual fact all the earth has come from a huge hole directly above the tunnel roof (ie above your head) as you cross over the cave-in to the next part of Tunnel 3. When the earth above the huge hole eventually collapses, its going to fall through space and hit the top of the tunnel roof with an almighty whack, and maybe collapse it altogether.

John Latter / Jorolat

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John Latter on April 30, 2009

I forgot to mention that Tunnel 3 (as you probably realize by now, anyway) leads to the sub-tunnel with the well and shaft.

Also, it leads to the gun-room where I took the glass orb photo.

John Latter / Jorolat

kelly123456 on April 30, 2009

is there any other people that live in there????

John Latter on April 30, 2009

kelly123456 said:

is there any other people that live in there????

I've never known anyone actually 'live' there, Kelly, although people have camped there, either overnight or for a few days, from time to time.

Having said that, there is (if memory serves me correctly) an old iron bed-frame in one of the gun-rooms near where the glass orb photo was taken, but that may have been left over from the Second World War when the Army was using the place.

The photos of the North Centre Bastion were all taken on two trips in 2007. On one of the trips I came across four chaps who were staying overnight in the room on the left just inside this archway. At that time there was only a 'secret' way in to the tunnels and they thought they were the only ones who knew it. Boy, did I make 'em jump! :)

John Latter / Jorolat

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John Latter on October 1, 2009

The above photo shows the entrance to what is known locally as, "The Devil's Tunnel", featured in Part 3 of the following North Centre Bastion videos:

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

John Latter / Jorolat

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John Latter on December 17, 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).

Other components of Dover's 'Forgotten Fortress' can be found under the Outer Bastion and Pre-Napoleonic Earthworks tags.

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