North Entrance Outer Bridge under Snow, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on March 7, 2010

The Outer Bridge spans the North Tenaille Moat and this photo shows the point on the far side where it meets the old North Military Road.

The Tenaille* - a 150 x 20 yard monolithic block - is behind the viewer. Click to see the West end of the Tenaille and the Wall Tree of South Tenaille Moat photos.

The North Entrance consists of two composite bridges and a Road Tunnel (internal view) which were all still in use when I was a kid.

You should be able to make out the cross-wires linking the three columns and the v-wires connecting the outer columns to the surface of the bridge. When I was big enough (about 6 years-old), I stood on the bridge looking down at the right-hand column, wondering if I could climb over the wooden overhang and then make my way to the ground.

Being uncertain (an understatement) I came down to the moat floor (via the Tenaille as mentioned in the Inner Bridge photo) and used the bottom-right crosswire to climb up to where it met the centre column. I then climbed the top-right crosswire upside-down up until I could swing across to where the v-wires met the right-hand column. From this vantage point I inspected the overhang to make sure I could negotiate it OK coming down from the top, especially as I would be "blind" as I did so.

Satisfied with the survey, I then went up to the top of the bridge again and climbed easily down to the moat floor - I remember feeling as pleased as punch with myself as I began the climb, because as far as I was concerned, all I had to do that was new was the overhang - I had already climbed up and down the rest!

I then went home and used the same technique to climb out of the upstairs toilet window and down the soil-pipe (the left-hand pipe on the side of the 77 Westbury Road photo):

Stage 1, I climbed the main pipe from the ground upwards in two or three successive stages - going higher each time - until I could reach up and touch the side pipe below the toilet window.

Stage 2, I dashed indoors, ran up to the toilet, and then climbed out onto the side pipe - which again, was all I had to do because I had already done the rest! No fear left, see?

Feeling as 'smug' 'smug' 'smug' as can be, I ran to the kitchen and stupidly told my step-mother what I had done and was immediately rewarded with a smack around the face. As 'smug' 'smug' 'smug' turned to 'tears' 'tears' 'tears', I resolved never to tell her anything ever again.

Moral: When experiencing the sheer exuberance of life, do not forget the darker capabilities of those around you.

Right, time to get back on topic:

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 6, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/02/11 11:12:27
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/160)
    • Focal Length: 23.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash