Keep and Western Outer Curtain Wall of Dover Castle from the Harbour, Kent, UK

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John Latter on February 9, 2011

A panoramic view of Dover Castle taken from the lighthouse and cafe end of the Prince of Wales Pier (click to see a larger size).

Distance to the White Cliffs of Dover above East Cliff at bottom-right is about 1450 yards; to the Keep, or Great Tower, about 1850 yards.

The Norman Keep is 83 feet (25.3m) high and just under 100 feet (30m) square, with walls up to 21 feet (6.5m) thick. It was designed by 'Maurice the Engineer' (ie Mason) and built by Henry II (Curtmantle) during the 1180s.

The interior of the Keep was "re-furbished" in 2010 to show how a medieval palace looked in the 12th Century. Interior views currently include:

The King`s Hall

The King`s Chamber

The Guest Hall

Below the Keep are the uncrenellated (ie flat-topped) towers of the Inner Bailey wall, or Inner Curtain Wall. The two higher towers close together below the Keep's right-hand tower flank the Palace Gateway, an entrance into the Keep Yard. The other entrance is the King`s Gateway, or King's Gate, on the northern side:

Abridged extract from "The History of the Town and Port of Dover and of Dover Castle (With a Short Account of the Cinque Ports)", Volume 2. Dedicated by the Reverend John Lyon, Minister of "Saint Mary`s", on April 21st, 1814, and published the same year:

...After the bridge was drawn up, and the great gates shut, they were not to be opened until the rising of the sun. If the King came unexpectedly in the night, the great gates were not to be opened to him, but he was to go to the postern, called the King's Gate, towards the north; the there the Constable (1), and those who accompanied him, might admit the King, and a certain number of his suite.. When the King was admitted, he had the command; and in the morning, when it was full day, he might admit the remainder of his company.

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 Outer Curtain Wall then extends from Queen Mary's Tower to the cliff-edge, featuring (from left to right):

Peverell Gateway, Gatton Tower (above which is the Georgian Sergeant-Major`s House), Say Tower (hidden by a turn in the curtain wall), Hurst Tower, and Fulbert Tower.

The last is Rokesley Tower, above the Tudor Bulwark in the photo, and adjacent to the Canons Gateway whose bridge/caponier is identified by the lighter coloured brickwork at bottom-centre (which also indicates the depth of the unseen moat in front of the curtain wall). See the recently uploaded Canons Gateway at Night.

Its tiny at this distance, but just inside the Outer Curtain Wall near the cliff-edge is a Second World War anti-airtcraft gun.

The group of Victorian buildings with slate-roofs half-way along the diagonal between the Keep and bottom right-hand corner lie on either side of Knight's Road. The larger building on the right was once the Regimental Institute and now houses the Naafi Restaurant, Queen Elizabeth`s Pocket Pistol, and a prototype World War Two Barnes Wallis Bouncing Bomb.

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Dover Castle is a Grade I Listed Building (1).

The following is "© Crown Copyright". Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence (PSI licence number C2010002016):

Building Details:

Building Name: DOVER CASTLE

Parish: DOVER

District: DOVER

County: KENT



LBS Number: 177823

Grade: I

Date Listed: 07/03/1974

Date Delisted:

NGR: TR3249141696

Listing Text:


TR 3241 1/47

TR 34 SW 7/47



Norman keep C.1155 of rag-stone ashlar blooks picked out flints with Caen stone dressings. Around the keep are ranges of C18 (=18th Century) houses of 2 to 3 storeys ashlar with a flint galleting. Round headed windows. Surrounding these ranges are 2 concentric rings of walls and towers dating from Mediaeval times. Beneath the castle are a whole series of subterranean passages dating from the C13 and improved for defence during the Napoleonic period. Ancient Monument. (Abridged).

Listing NGR: TR3249141696

Source: English Heritage. Click to see photos of Listed Buildings and English Heritage locations in the town of Dover, England.

(1) Grade I: buildings "of exceptional interest, sometimes considered to be internationally important".

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Mel Figueroa on March 19, 2011


  • Los mejores deseos

    Recibe saludos, Mel

John Latter on March 19, 2011

Mel Figueroa, on March 19th, 2011, said:

* Los mejores deseos

Recibe saludos, Mel

Thank you, Mel - Greetings from Dover, England!

Giuliano Mangani on March 20, 2011

Nice view !


Regards from Italy !



John Latter on March 21, 2011

.... man_giu...., on March 21st, 2011, said:

Nice view !


Regards from Italy !


Thank you, Giuliano - Greetings from Dover, England!

steve white on March 28, 2011

Liked and Voted great shot of Dover Castle one of the best I have seen, Gteetings from Steve in Medway

John Latter on March 28, 2011

steve white, on March 28th, 2011, said:

Liked and Voted great shot of Dover Castle one of the best I have seen, Gteetings from Steve in Medway

Thank you very much, Steve :)

And Greetings from Dover, of course!

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