Queen Mary's Tower from Peverell's Gate, Dover Castle, Kent, United Kingdom

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John Latter on October 17, 2007

The west outer curtain wall of Dover Castle runs up to the seemingly typical D-type tower, now known as Queen Mary's Tower, on the left of the tree in the center of the photo. In plan, however, Queen Mary's Tower is actually more like a squat 'L' whose curved shorter arm is shown above.

The west outer curtain wall then continues on to Constable's Tower whose buildings rise above and to the right of the central tree. The higher wall (in shadow) running across the center of the photo is the garden wall of Constable's Tower and prevents any closer access to Queen Mary's Tower.

This photo was taken from in front of Peverell's Tower and another was shot a few feet further back showing the archway of Peverell's Tower (it'll be interesting to see which becomes the most popular!).

Click to see the north face of Peverell's Tower taken looking towards the viewer from where the garden wall meets the west outer curtain wall in the above photo.

From "The History of the Castle, Town and Port of Dover" by Reverend S. P. H. Statham, Rector of St Mary-in-the-Castle (Longmans, Green, and Co., 1899) (abridged):

Port Tower [1] has been known under various names, Laswells Tower [Laswell's Tower? [2]], Gostling Tower or Queen Mary's Tower. It was supported by the Manor of Dane in Sussex, according to Sir Ed. Bering, but it is more probable that the manor of Laswell in Kent was set aside for this purpose. Otherwise one of its names loses all significance. Gostling seems to have been the name of one of the knights who held this manor on military tenure, and so gave his name to the tower. It felt down in the reign of Edward VI, and was rebuilt by Queen Mary [Mary I], after whom it was consequently named. It seems to have been used as an office before its ruin. [Page 267]

[1] The same book lists it as 'Porth Tower' in the index. Additionally, Queen Mary's Tower in the map of Dover Castle given in Canon Puckle's "The Church and Fortress of Dover Castle" (published 1864) is annotated with 'Sir Hugh de Porth'

[2] A quick Google search revealed no evidence of a Laswell manor in Kent - if you know better, please email jorolat AT gmail.com. I did, however, find this entry for the Laswell Family:

The name laswell was first brought to England after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The original laswell family lived in the village of Lacelle in the French region of Orne, where they were titled the Barons of Messie. This family was among the many Normans who immigrated to England after the Conquest, when William the Conqueror [Willliam I] gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats.

...First found in Yorkshire, where the family settled after emigrating from France to England.

Constable's Tower is also known as Constable's Gate, Constable's Gateway, Constable's Tower and Gate; similarly Peverell's Tower is also sometimes called Peverell's Gate, Peverell's Gateway, Peverell's Tower and Gate.

John Latter on March 6, 2011

Also see:

The Queen Mary Tower from the West

John Latter / Jorolat

Dover Blog: The Psychology of a Small Town

This is the Images of Dover website: click on any red or blue "John Latter" link to access the Entry Page.

marcel_pics on July 9, 2011

nice picture, best wishes.

John Latter on July 10, 2011

marcel_pics, on July 10th, 2011, said:

nice picture, best wishes.

Thank you, Marcel - Greetings from Dover, England!

John Latter on August 9, 2011

The road to the right of Dover Castle's Western Outer Curtain Wall is the West Norman Road.

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Photo taken in Dover Castle, Castle Hill, Dover, Kent CT16 1HU, UK

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  • Uploaded on October 15, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2007/10/06 16:10:37
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 28.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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