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Constable’s Gateway or Tower, Western Outer Curtain Wall, Dover Castle, Kent, UK

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Comments (11)

Chrisd Maskell on May 24, 2007

Nice shot John, I think I will have to go back in the summer

John Latter on May 24, 2007

A view of Constable's Tower at dusk on May 23rd, 2007. This entrance to Dover Castle, originally via a drawbridge, is one of two currently in use (the other being Canon's Gateway) .

The Tower is as big as many other castles in its own right but is only a gateway to Dover Castle proper. It was built by John de Fiennes under William the Conqueror (also see Norman Dover) and for this reason was once known as Fiennes' Tower.

In 1216, during the First Barons' War, Prince Louis (later Louis VIII, son and heir apparent of King of France Philip Augustus, unsuccessfully besieged Dover Castle.

Prince Louis' miners, however, so damaged the North Entrance that it was closed and sealed. In the 1220s, Hubert de Burgh then rebuilt Constable's Tower as an alternative entry point which probably led to it being called by its other name of Newgate Tower.

Constable's Tower was modernized in 1882 and is the quarters of the Constable of the Castle, who is usually the commanding officer of any Dover-based battalion.

Dover Castle appears in "Dover in World War Two: 1942", 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.

A low resolution version (relatively speaking) is available here.

John Latter on May 24, 2007

Maskell Family said:

Nice shot John, I think I will have to go back in the summer.

Thank you, Chris - maybe I'll see you there!

I'm holding off from going into the Castle grounds 'til I get a new camera and a bigger memory. I'm in a bit in shock over the £9.80 entrance fee :)

I think I said before, if you want any info about the Western Heights or anything then I'ld be pleased to help.

John Latter on May 24, 2007

24th May, 2007: Just uploaded a photo of Dover Castle's Keep, taken on the same day.

John Latter on May 27, 2007

Click to see a fourth photo from this set, also of the Keep.

John Latter on October 16, 2007

Constable's Tower is sometimes called Constable's Gate or Constable's Gateway. Click to see a photo of Queen Mary's Tower and Constable's Gate.

salih1977 on January 5, 2009

very good.

John Latter on December 24, 2009

Click to see The Drawbridge Entrance to Constable`s Gateway of Dover Castle, taken from further up the road in the above photo.

John Latter on November 18, 2010

Dover Castle is a Grade I Listed Building (1).

The following is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence (PSI licence number C2010002016):

Building Details:

Building Name: DOVER CASTLE

Parish: DOVER

District: DOVER

County: KENT



LBS Number: 177823

Grade: I

Date Listed: 07/03/1974

Date Delisted:

NGR: TR3249141696

Listing Text:


TR 3241 1/47

TR 34 SW 7/47



Norman keep C.1155 of rag-stone ashlar blooks picked out flints with Caen stone dressings. Around the keep are ranges of C18 (=18th Century) houses of 2 to 3 storeys ashlar with a flint galleting. Round headed windows. Surrounding these ranges are 2 concentric rings of walls and towers dating from Mediaeval times. Beneath the castle are a whole series of subterranean passages dating from the C13 and improved for defence during the Napoleonic period. Ancient Monument. (Abridged).

Listing NGR: TR3249141696

Source: English Heritage. Click to see photos of Listed Buildings and English Heritage locations in the town of Dover, England.

(1) Grade I: buildings "of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important".

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 23, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/05/23 18:23:04
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash