The Guardian Tree of the Steps, North Entrance, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on November 28, 2009

An Autumn 2009 view showing just one of my many favourite trees, and perhaps because of this, I think it looks more like a painting than a photo :)

The path at bottom centre goes up to the right of the guardian tree, down a similar number of steps on the other side, and comes out at the top of North Military Road ("Military Hill") where it meets the Outer Bridge of the "North Entrance".

Clarendon Place (where I used to live) lies at the bottom of the hills to the left; the "moats" are just a few yards uphill to the right.

Behind the viewer, the path at bottom centre leads to above the ivy-covered outer moat walls of the "North Centre Bastion" and associated "Detached Bastion"

The two bridges and road tunnel of the North Entrance, along with the North Centre Bastion and its Detached Bastion, are part of the extensive Napoleonic and Victorian defense system embedded into the Western Heights above the town of Dover in England.

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.

I've also made 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 December 2, 2009

A view on the other side of the bank can be seen in the The Old North Military Road at the North Entrance photo.

The Guardian Tree is also shown in the East Glacis Steps photo.

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  • Uploaded on November 28, 2009
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2009/11/27 12:32:58
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 20.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash