Dover Castle and Beach from Prince of Wales Pier, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on September 18, 2009

Looking across the beach towards Dover Castle from the Prince of Wales Pier (and if the tide were a little lower, you might even have seen some stretches of sand instead of all those pebbles!).

The building on the beach towards the bottom left with the outside steps and the slanted roof is the new Dover Sea Sports Centre. Next door is the single-storey building (with the white gable end) belonging to Dover Rowing Club.

Above the Sea Sports Centre, you can just see the roof of the Churchill Hotel in Waterloo Crescent. Above the hotel is the upper half of the disused Burlington House.

To the right of the Churchill Hotel is a large white building which houses the Royal Cinque Ports Yacht Club (and bar). Next door is the beginning of the Gateway Flats which stretch all the way around the seafront before ending at the Dover Central Premier Lodge.

On the cliff-top above the Premier Lodge, on the far right of the photo, is the Victorian Officers Mess (built after the Crimean War between 1856 and 1858) in the grounds of Dover Castle. I haven't got a close-up of the Officers Mess at the moment, but part of it can be seen in the background of this photo of Vice-Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay's statue.

Going left along the skyline there is an earth bank known as "Harold's Earthwork" containing a building that looks as if it has a tower at each end: the left-hand and smaller tower is the East Pharos (click to see the West Pharos or Bredenstone) which was built by the Romans in AD 46; the rest of the building is the Saxon church of St Mary-in-Castro (see more Dover churches).

Further to the left, almost directly above the centre of the Gateway Flats, is the single Norman tower of Colton Gate. This is also the entry point which Romans, Saxons, and probably their Iron Age predecessors, too, once went through in order to reach their respective fortifications.

Left of centre of the photo on the skyline is the massive structure of Dover Castle's Keep and the Outer Bailey, on the left-hand side of which is the collection of towers known as Constable's Gateway (where visitors without cars can enter the Castle grounds).

Below the Keep and Constable's Gateway is the long row of large terraced houses of Victoria Park.

If you click on the above photo to see a higher resolution, you should be able to spot a couple of white steaks in the harbour caused by swimmers in training.

To the left of where this photo was taken from is Sue's Seafood Stall - where I buy my whelks from! :)

John Latter / Jorolat

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Marina Sp. on October 1, 2009

Reading the story above, one gets a better view of the photo. I like this idea a lot!. Greetings from Greece, Marina

John Latter on October 1, 2009

DailyMadness said:

Reading the story above, one gets a better view of the photo. I like this idea a lot!. Greetings from Greece, Marina

Thank you again, Marina :)

I often look at photos and want to know more about what they're showing so I add captions to mine just in case anyone feels the same way.

John Latter on April 15, 2010

Click to see the Victorian Officers Mess photo.

John Latter on October 3, 2011

The Churchill Hotel of Waterloo Crescent is now the Dover Marina Hotel.

The Gatehouse of Henry VIII's coastal artillery installation known as the Mote’s Bulwark (alt. Moat's Bulwark) is behind the Premier Inn.

John Latter on November 4, 2012

The photo was taken from near the Clock Tower. Dover Sea Sports Center also contains the Hythe Bay Seafood Restaurant.

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  • Uploaded on September 18, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/08/31 11:10:17
    • Exposure: 0.000s (1/2500)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash