Victorian Inner Bridge under Snow, North Entrance, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on March 8, 2010

This is the 'classic view' of the Inner Bridge and is also shown in the North Entrance Inner Bridge Expedition, 2009 and North Entrance Inner Bridge, 2007 photos.

The bridge is 2/3rds 'standard' and 1/3rd drawbridge, the skeleton beams of which can be seen sticking up into the air amongst the undergrowth on the left-hand side.

The brickwork on the right-hand side is the eastern end of the Tenaille* (a 150 x 20 yard monolithic block) - click to see the Western end of the Tenaille).

The Inner Bridge is connected to the Southern face of the Tenaille. The moat beneath the bridge is the South Tenaille Moat which runs up to the Rifle Range and North Centre Bastion just beyond..

The North Entrance consists of two composite bridges (see the Outer Bridge image) and a Road Tunnel (internal view).

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.

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John Latter on November 28, 2010

Click to see a close-up of the Inner Bridge Drawbridge Beams.

John Latter on February 3, 2013

Click to see a close-up of the Inner Bridge Drawbridge Beams.

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  • Uploaded on March 8, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/02/11 11:08:59
    • Exposure: 0.006s (1/180)
    • Focal Length: 35.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • Flash fired