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Constable Gateway to Fulbert Tower at Night, Dover Castle, Kent, UK

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At bottom-left, the lighted rooms of Constable Gate are obscured by the d-type mural Queen Mary Tower on the Western Outer Curtain Wall of Dover Castle. From Queen Mary's Tower, the curtain wall runs first to Peverell Gateway (bright light, left-of-centre) and then, via the unseen Gatton Tower, Say Tower, and Hurst Tower, to the square Fulbert Tower (ex-debtors prison) whose surrounding buildings occupy the right-hand half of the photo.

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John Latter on October 4, 2012

Photo taken from the bridge of Canons Gateway (alt. Canons Gate) with Rokesley Tower and Garderobe just out-of-shot to the right.

Canons Gateway is one of the two entrances to Dover Castle, the other being Constable Gate (alt. Constable's Tower).

Similar views by day:

Western Outer Curtain Wall from Canons Gate

Fulbert Tower and Debtors Prison

See Medieval Fulbert Tower at Night and its Horrifying History and all Dover at Night photos.

Also see all photos of Dover Castle, a Dover Listed Building and a Dover English Heritage sites.

Dover Castle appears in the video, "Dover in World War Two: 1942", a ten minute British Ministry of Information film, released by the US Office of War Information, and narrated by the American journalist, Edward R. Murrow.

A Dover History photo.

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John Latter on October 12, 2012

Extracts from "Dover Castle" by R. Allen Brown (Her Majesty's Stationery Office, HMSO 1974) (Abridged):

To the north (of Canons Gate) the towered outer curtain leads off along the crest of the original Iron Age earthen rampart to enclose the whole perimeter of the castle (see Avranches Gap). The appearance of these outer defences was considerably altered in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the deepening of the great ditch in front of them, by the addition of an outer parapet for defence by rifle fire, the further addition of various brick caponiers (alt. caponniers) and subterranean works and, above all, by the regrettable cutting down to a greater or lesser extent of most of the mural towers, many of which were turned into gun platforms, towers and wall alike being earthed up on the inside.

The entire curtain on the west side from the cliff's edge to Peverell's Gate is part of Henry III's work with some modern rebuilding of the wall itself towards Peverell. Fulbert of Dover's Tower is said to have been rebuilt by Edward IV in the later fifteenth century, and is both rectangular and different in appearance from its thirteenth-century neighbours with a 'keyhole'-type gunport in its northern face. The other towers in this section are semicircular in plan and rise from battered and/or spurred plinths, the three northernmost, Hurst, Say and Gatton, still forming an impressive thirteenth-century trinity to guard an original approach from the south to Henry Ill's new Constable’s Gate and Constable Barbican. Peverell’s Gate or Tower marks the juncture of the work of King John and Henry III, and is itself a composite structure of both reigns.

John Latter on October 15, 2012

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.

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

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on September 30, 2012
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/01/06 18:13:21
    • Exposure: 30.000s
    • Focal Length: 45.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/29.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash