Canons Gateway and Rokesley Tower, Western Outer Curtain Wall, Dover Castle, Kent, UK

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John Latter on May 23, 2007

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

From Castle Explorer's page on Dover Castle:

"At the end of the eighteenth century, during the wars with Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, Colonel William Twiss continued the modernisation of [Dover] castle. Twiss completed the remodelling of the outer defences adding the huge Horseshoe, Hudson's, East Arrow and East Demi-Bastions to provide extra gun positions on the eastern side, and constructing Constable's Bastion for additional protection on the west. Twiss further strengthened the Spur at the northern end of the castle, adding a redan or raised gun platform. By taking the roof of the keep and replacing it with massive brick vaults he was able to mount heavy artillery on the top. To help troop movements between castle and town defences, Twiss constructed Canon's Gateway. He filled every available space within the castle with barracks and storerooms, and even constructed underground cliff barracks."

Colonel Twiss (of the Royal Engineers) also argued for the construction of the Grand Shaft spiral triple-staircase as part of Dover's Napoleonic defenses on the Western Heights. Also see Shorncliffe Redoubt.

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

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.

Paul13 on April 30, 2009

Excelent capture--Beautiful photo...Thank you.~~!

John Latter on October 15, 2009

Paul13, on April 30, 2009, said:

Excelent capture--Beautiful photo...Thank you.~~!

Thanks, Paul! Greetings from Dover, England :)

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John Latter on December 29, 2009

Rokesley Tower, left of the Canons Gateway, has an adjoining medieval latrine (privy, or toilet):

Rokesley`s Tower and Garderobe on the Western Curtain Wall of Dover Castle

John Latter on April 18, 2010

Click to see the Interior of Rokesley`s Tower.

Click to see the Canons Gate and Guardroom photo (taken from the other side of the gateway).

John Latter on January 7, 2011

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 23, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio 33LF
    • Taken on 2007/05/23 18:58:45
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 5.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash