Drawbridge Ruins, Inner Bridge, North Entrance, Western Heights, Dover, Kent, UK

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John Latter on March 24, 2010

The North Entrance to Dover's Napoleonic and Victorian defense system embedded into the Western Heights consists of two bridge/drawbridge combinations and a 60-yard long Road Tunnel.

The above view from beneath the Inner Bridge in the South Tenaille Moat shows the raised beams of the drawbridge at the blocked-off outer entrance to the road tunnel (inner entrance).

Click to see the whole of the Inner Bridge and also one of the photos of the Outer Bridge (which crosses the North Tenaille Moat to meet the old North Military Road).

The English Heritage entry for the North Entrance is listed on their Pastscape website and states:

When work began in 1804 on construction of the Western Heights Fortress, a protected entrance through the North Lines (aka 'Moats') was included. Situated between the Drop Redoubt and the North Centre Bastion, it was one of two defended routes into the Fortress, the other being a bridge across the South Lines (TR 34 SW 503) (ie the Archcliffe Gate).

During the middle part of the 19th century, the North Entrance was enlarged and more strongly defended. It remained in use until the 1960s, after which a road was pushed through the North Lines to carry a permanent road, and the Entrance was abandoned, though not destroyed.

Click to see all photos of the North Entrance.

I've also made a video of the North Entrance ruins which has been split into two to meet YouTube requirements:

Video of the North Entrance, Western Heights, Dover (Part 1)

Video of the North Entrance, Western Heights, Dover (Part 2)

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John Latter on November 28, 2010

There's a Youtube video slideshow showing the bridges and moats of the North Entrance after a snowfall at:

The Moats of Dead Man`s Island in Winter, Western Heights, Dover, UK.

Other Videos of Dover.

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