Outer Wall of the North Tenaille Moat under Snow, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on March 7, 2010

Looking westwards along the outer wall in the direction of the Entrance to the North Tenaille Moat and the North Centre Bastion beyond.

Just above and behind this location is where the old North Military Road and Outer Bridge meet.

The Tenaille* - a 150 x 20 yard monolithic block - is out of sight on the other side of the moat to the left.

This photo more accurately reflects how overgrown both the North and South Tenaille Moats were when I was a kid, see the South Tenaille Moat under Snow photo by way of comparison.

Both the North Centre Bastion and the North Entrance tags have been added to this page because they are connected by the North and South Tenaille Moats which run on either side of the Tenaille.

The above photo does not appear in "The Moats of Dead Man`s Island in Winter" video slideshow which shows forty other pictures of the snow-covered floor of the moats connecting the North Entrance to the North Centre Bastion. All photos, unless stated otherwise, 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 7, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/02/11 11:13:06
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 35.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash