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Queen Mary's Tower from Peverell Gateway Arch, Dover Castle, Kent, UK

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John Latter on October 17, 2007

This view of Queen Mary's Tower and Constable's Tower was taken looking north from under the archway of Peverell's Tower.

It's a very similar view to that of the photo uploaded yesterday (October 16th, 2007 - click here) where I'm standing just in front of Peverell's Tower. It'll be interesting to see if inclusion of the archway (and the cobblestones beneath) has added to any 'dramatic effect' to the extent that one photo becomes noticeably more popular than the other (at the time of writing yesterday's photo has only had 3 views so far).

One difference, however, concerns Dover Castle's west outer curtain wall which begins just below the center on the left-hand side of the above photo and then runs along to the bottom right of the D-type tower of Queen Mary, left of the central tree.

Here, the wall appears to increase in height by a couple of feet or so before continuing across the center of the photo. In reality the higher wall is Constable Gate's garden wall; the west outer curtain wall doesn't increase in height but runs for some distance - out of sight - before reaching Queen Mary's Tower.

Most of the rest of the description given to yesterday's photo applies to the one above:

In plan Queen Mary's Tower is more like a squat 'L' than a 'D' (this photo shows the curved shorter arm).

Click to see the north face of Peverell's Gate 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 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.

rosina lamberti on November 13, 2007

nice composition John, how r u

John Latter on November 13, 2007

rosina lamberti said:

nice composition John, how r u

I'm fine thank you, Rosina - hope you are too :)

rosina lamberti on November 13, 2007

all good down under( Australia)

John Latter on November 13, 2007

rosina lamberti said:

all good down under( Australia)

I'm pleased to hear it - and I remembered you're in Australia!

rosina lamberti on December 19, 2007

hi john...........merry christmas......Happy new year...cheers rosina And may we have many more christmas's together in Panoramio

John Latter on December 23, 2007

Happy Christmas, Rosina :)

John Latter on January 16, 2013

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The Queen Mary Tower from the West

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on October 16, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2007/10/06 16:10:16
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 28.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/9.500
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash