Panorama of Dover Town and Dover Castle from the Western Heights, Kent, UK

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John Latter on November 7, 2009

In June of this year (2009) I made a video of the Victorian North Entrance (1) whose opening sequence began with the view shown in the above photograph (taken from near the Drop Redoubt).

At that time, of course, the foliage of all the trees was varying shades of luxuriant green. For me at least, coming back here in November is a visual reminder that the whole natural world changes in Autumn, and not just those few locations I have recently visited or happen to take notice of in passing.

In fact, if someone else had taken this photo, I would have guessed the time of day to be late afternoon, and not just after 1pm!

There are, of course, many items of interest in the photo, but to name just a few:

The street in shadow in the centre lower half of the photo is Castle Street and the pseudo-Elizabethan building on its bottom left-hand side is the old Dovorian Restaurant (now Dickens Corner).

Along the bottom of the photo is the Discovery Centre - I've never noticed the 'grass' on the flat roof areas before, and some of the many structures on the grass look more like bee-hives than ventilation shafts!

Out of view between the Discovery Centre and Dickens Corner is Dover's Market Square (or Market Place)

In the bottom right-hand corner is a white-sided building which used to be the Poppe Inne, but is now the La Romana Restaurant.

Further up on the right-hand side of the photo is a white sqaure lying to the left of the carparks. The roof of this white-sided building is partially obscuring the West Gate of Old St James Church, a memorial to the people of Dover who suffered between 1939 and 1945.

Stretching across the upper half of the photo is the row of large terraced houses of Victoria Park, to the left of which lies the southern entrance to the Zig Zags.

Left of centre on the skyline is the Norman Keep (or Great Tower) of Dover Castle and behind the Keep are three masts of a Second World War early-warning Chain Home radar station.

On the right-hand side of the skyline are the Roman Pharos and Saxon church of St Mary-in-Castro.

(1) The North Entrance is only part of the extensive Napoleonic and Victorian defense system embedded into the Western Heights and the video is in two parts:

Video of the North Entrance, Western Heights, Dover (Part 1)

Video of the North Entrance, Western Heights, Dover (Part 2)

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John Latter on November 8, 2009

The Dover Priory Railway Station photo was also taken from the Western Heights on this day (4th November, 2009).

John Latter on December 17, 2010

Photo of a location mentioned in the first comment:

Swingate Chain Home Radar Station from Horseshoe Bastion, Dover Castle

John Latter on December 17, 2010

Cannon Street is above the Discovery Centre on the left.

John Latter on July 11, 2011

See the Victoria Park "picturesque Gothic style lodge of 1850" photo:

The Gate House of Victoria Park, Castle Hill Road, Dover

John Latter on November 4, 2012

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 5, 2009
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/11/04 13:14:38
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash