The Wall Tree and Snow, South Tenaille Moat, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on March 7, 2010

A view from the South Tenaille Moat of the tree growing half-way up the southern face of the Tenaille* (a 150 x 20 yard monolithic block - click to see the West end of the Tenaille).

As a child, my friends and I periodically eyed this tree with a view to climbing up to it - it seemed to take ages before we were big enough to do so!

The Rifle Range of the North Centre Bastion is to the left and the Inner Bridge of the North Entrance to the right.

Both the North Centre Bastion and the North Entrance tags have been added to this image because the South Tenaille Moat lies between the two (as does the North Tenaille Moat, which contains the Outer Bridge).

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.

*Webster's Online Dictionary has the following entry for tenaille:

An outwork in the main ditch, in front of the curtain, between two bastions. See Illustration of Ravelin.

John Latter / Jorolat

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  • Uploaded on March 5, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/02/11 11:04:30
    • Exposure: 0.017s (1/60)
    • Focal Length: 35.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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