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North-East Corner of Dead Man Island under Snow, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on March 12, 2010

Approaching the north-east corner of Dead Man's Island (which is now in sight, just left of top-centre) along the East Flanking Moat. This moat was reduced in width to just over 29 feet during the rebuilding of 1867 as a result of subsidence on the east side of the island. The West Flanking Moat is about 40 feet wide.

Dead Man's Island, or Detached Bastion, is on the left of the photo and the outer moat wall (upon which the East Glacis Steps and North Flanking Moat photos were taken) is on the right.

The rebuilding of the east island wall is the reason why the horizontal embrasures (windows) of the East Gallery appear to be blocked off when viewed from inside the tunnel. I haven't any photos of the embrasures themselves, but the tunnel is shown in the East Gallery (South), East Gallery (North, and East Gallery Entrance photos.

Due to an oversight, the East Gallery isn't shown on the annotated satellite view of Dead Man's Island, but its location is described in the first comment under "T5" (Tunnel 5).

Other photos of the East Moat taken the same day include The Tenaille at East Moat , The East Moat Doorway, and Dead Man`s Island in the Snow.

The above photo is similar to one appearing in "The Moats of Dead Man`s Island in Winter" video slideshow which has forty 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 at the western end of the Hanging Moat.

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.

John Latter / Jorolat

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  • Uploaded on March 12, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/02/11 10:37:30
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 35.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash