The Victorian Outer Bridge, North Entrance, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on November 12, 2009

This is an Autumn view, taken on November the 12th, 2009, of the North Entrance Outer Bridge, part of the extensive Napoleonic and Victorian defense system embedded into the Western Heights above the town of Dover in England.

A similar view of the Outer Bridge was shot on the 4th of November and shows this scene when it was sunny. The above photo was taken with an overcast sky and I am somewhat surprised that it is a much more interesting photo!

The English Heritage entry for the North Entrance is listed on their Pastscape website and states:

When work began in 1804 on construction of the Western Heights Fortress, a protected entrance through the North Lines (aka 'Moats') was included. Situated between the Drop Redoubt and the North Centre Bastion, it was one of two defended routes into the Fortress, the other being a bridge across the South Lines (TR 34 SW 503) (ie the Archcliffe Gate).

During the middle part of the 19th century, the North Entrance was enlarged and more strongly defended. It remained in use until the 1960s, after which a road was pushed through the North Lines to carry a permanent road, and the Entrance was abandoned, though not destroyed.

Click to see all photos of the North Entrance.

There is also a video of the North Entrance ruins which has been split into two to meet YouTube requirements:

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 30, 2009

The original North Military Road ("Military Hill") ends at the entrance to the Outer Bridge behind the railings on the left.

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  • Uploaded on November 12, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/11/12 11:49:35
    • Exposure: 0.020s (1/50)
    • Focal Length: 28.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash