Panorama of Dover Castle and Seafront from the Prince of Wales Pier, Kent, UK

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John Latter on November 15, 2010

A view of Dover Castle and the Seafront taken from Porthole Shelters on the Prince of Wales Pier, taken just after finishing my whelks bought from Sue`s Seafood Stall :)

I'm quite optomistic about this photo because its a first indicator that I may be out-growing my "Can't take photos unless its sunny, so there!" mentality. At 59 years of age, any sign of the maturity normally associated with age would be very welcome indeed (and novel, too). Anyway, I digress:

Part 1: Dover Castle

Dominating the skyline left-of-centre is the Keep, or Great Tower, of Dover's 12th Century Norman Castle (approximately 1500 yards away). It was built by Henry II, stands 83 feet high and has walls up to 21 feet thick.

Immediately below the Keep are the massive walls and forteen towers of the Inner Bailey, on the right-hand side of which is Palace Gate. Further to the right on the skyline is the top of Colton Tower and then the Roman watchtower or lighthouse known as the Pharos, close to the Saxon church of St Mary-in-Castro.

The Pharos and Church sit on Harold's Earthwork, which is the site of the surviving southern half of the Roman Oval.

On the left-hand side of the Inner Bailey is the King`s Gate and the North Barbican (alt. King's Gateway Barbican, King's Barbican, etc). Furthest on the left of the photo is the stand alone grouping of the Constable Gateway with the Queen Mary Tower indistinguishable in front.

The Western Curtain Wall then extends from Queen Mary's Tower to the cliff-edge (the beginning of the White Cliffs of Dover), featuring (from left to right): Peverell Gateway, Gatton Tower (behind which is the Georgian Sergeant-Major`s House), Say Tower, Hurst Tower, and Fulbert Tower.

The top of Rokesley Tower is just about visible below the three Victorian buildings with slate-roofs which lie a little way inland from the cliff edge near the unseen Canons Gateway (one of the Victorian buildings was the Regimental Institute and now houses the Naafi Restaurant, Queen Elizabeth`s Pocket Pistol, and a prototype World War Two Barnes Wallis Bouncing Bomb.

Dover Castle is an English Heritage site, click to read the Pastscape entry for Dover Castle.

Part 2: Dover Seafront

Well, its high tide and there isn't much to see of the beach (made up mostly of pebbles which don't half hurt once the sea has softened the soles of your feet!), so its just the buildings then:

Coming in from the left are the Gateway Flats (approximately 900 yards away) which extend over halfway across the photo. There are a number of statues on the lawns in front of the flats, but only the bust of Captain Matthew Webb, the first recorded swimmer of the English Channel is visible under high magnification.

Above the Gateway Flats on the left are the houses at the southern end of Victoria Park (where the Gate House is).

Behind the low jetty on the right-hand side of the photo (shown in, as one example, the Celebrity Constellation and Balmoral Cruise Ships photo) is the wide light-brown building of Dover's Premier Inn.

The Marine Parade runs in front of the Gateway Flats and the Premier Inn; Douro Place separates the inn from the flats.

Behind the centre of the inn is the top of the Mote's Bulwark Gatehouse (alt. Moat's Bulwark; photo not yet available). Mote's Bulwark, along with Archcliffe Bulwark (since renamed Archcliffe Fort) and Black Bulwark, were built by Henry VIII.

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John Latter on November 15, 2010

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John Latter on April 25, 2011

John Latter, on November 15th, 2010, said:

Behind the centre of the inn is the top of the Mote's Bulwark Gatehouse (alt. Moat's Bulwark; photo not yet available). Mote's Bulwark, along with Archcliffe Bulwark (since renamed Archcliffe Fort) and Black Bulwark, were built by Henry VIII.

Click to see Ruins of Mote`s Bulwark Gatehouse on the White Cliffs below Dover Castle.

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  • Uploaded on May 1, 2010
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2010/04/30 11:42:31
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/400)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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