Moat Rifle Range and Snow, North Centre Bastion, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on March 4, 2010

The Rifle Range at the North Centre Bastion end of the South Tenaille Moat leading up from the Inner Bridge of the North Entrance. On the right, the brick doorway, or arch, leading to the East Moat can be seen in the Rifle Range Butts image.

Probably used for .22 rifles or .303 rifles with a .22 fitting.

The above photo appears in "The Moats of Dead Man`s Island in Winter" video slideshow which shows scenes from the snow-covered floor of the moats connecting the North Entrance to the North Centre Bastion. The photos were taken during the winter of 2010.

"Dead Man's Island" is a local name for the Detached Bastion which is often considered part of the North Centre Bastion and is connected to it by the South Caponier.

These partially-preserved ruined locations are part of an extensive Victorian and Napoleonic defence system embedded into the Western Heights above the town of Dover, Kent, UK, and are English Heritage sites.

Click to see the English Heritage Pastscape entries for the North Centre Bastion, the North Entrance, and other fortifications on the Western Heights.

Videos of the North Centre Bastion and North Entrance are among those available on the Videos of Dover YouTube Channel.

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John Latter on December 2, 2010

The English Heritage Pastscape entry for the North Centre Bastion and Detached Bastion reads (1):

TR 3110 4083 North Centre and Detached Bastions

North Centre Bastion was begun in 1804 during the Napoleonic Wars, as part of the Western Heights fortress in Dover. It remained unfinished at the end of the war in 1815 but was completed to a revised design between 1859 and 1867; this resulted in two linked bastions known as North Centre Bastion and Detached Bastion (2).

Both were surveyed and researched by the Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England between 1998 and 2001 as part of the Dover Western Heights Survey Project (event UID 1316220 and monument UID 467989). See the archive report and plans for full details: Pattison P The Western Heights, Dover, Kent; Report no 5 North Centre and Detached Bastions.

An English Heritage site and Scheduled Monument; the Detached Baastion is also known as "Dead Man's Island".

Photos of the Detached Bastion are included under the North Centre Bastion tag.

(1) Pastscape: North Centre Bastion

(2) The bastions are linked by the South Caponier (see South Caponier interior; South Caponier exterior).

All photos of Dover's 'Forgotten Fortress' can be found under the Western Heights tag which includes the Drop Redoubt, Grand Shaft, North Entrance, Pre-Napoleonic Earthworks, and St Martins Battery.

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  • Uploaded on March 4, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/02/11 11:00:33
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 35.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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