Snargate Street from the Seafront Clock Tower, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on October 8, 2009

Looking through the masts of the boats berthed in Wellington Dock (part of the Marina) across to Snargate Street at the bottom of the Western Heights cliffs, Dover, UK.

The stonework running down the left-hand edge of the photo is a corner of the Clock Tower, which stands near the entrance to the Prince of Wales Pier.

In shadow to the right of the Clock Tower is more stonework with a red hexagonal "Ashe Alarms" box on it. This is part of Dover's first lifeboat station and can be better seen in the, "The Clock Tower and Dover Castle from Dolphin Hard Jetty" photo.

Just across the road, and a few feet behind the the tall lamp-post adorned with a seagull, is the mini-portacabin of Sue`s Seafood Stall, topped by the red cross of a St George's flag. This is where I buy my whelks :)

The long pale-blue and white building shown on the left of Snargate Street in the photo is Smye-Rumsby, an electonics firm specializing in walkie-talkies.

In the middle is the reddish-brown building housing the Happy Chef restaurant. Next door on the right are Sharp and Enright, Ship Chandlers and General Merchants (I have an Old Dover photo of this shop which I'll have to upload sometime).

The light-blue building on the right of the photo is the Masonic Hall, to its left is Bluebirds Restaurant which is owned by Dover Sea Angling Association (I'm a member of the Dover Sea Angling Association Social Club - see more Dover pubs, especially my local, The Park Inn!).

At the top of the cliffs above the Masonic Hall is a moat leading up to the Drop Redoubt. The Drop Redoubt is a stand-alone fortress, but only part of extensive and interconnected fortifications, begun in Napoleonic times and then added to by the Victorians, which were embedded into the Western Heights.

The treeless plateau left of centre on the skyline is part of the Drop Redoubt fortress itself. The squashed diamond-shaped grass area to the left of the plateau has a central bush on either side of which small portions of the brickwork of Caponier No.1 are visible (click to see inside Caponier #3).

Two final comments:

Below and a short distance to the right of the moat above the Masonic Hall lies the Court`s Folly: "a 200 year-old miniature castle whose ruins are now hidden by undergrowth and whose location - and even existence - is largely unknown to the local population."

Out of shot to the left of Smye-Rumsby's, is the entrance to the Grand Shaft, a Napoleonic triple staircase bored into the cliffs which once facilitated the transfer of troops from the top of the cliffs to the bottom. And vice versa, of course :)

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John Latter on February 22, 2011

Another photo showing this area of Snargate Street in the background:

Panorama of the Tidal Harbour and Dover Marina from South Pier

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 8, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/09/08 11:27:10
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash