Sunrise from Fitzwilliam Gate to the Ravelin, Dover Castle, Kent, England, UK

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Eastern Outer Curtain Wall Battlements: Stepped causeway and caponier from the gateway lead to tunnel under counterscarp (outer moat embankment). Below flank of Norfolk Towers is the round St John's Tower and caponier going to Ravelin (redan) on the Spur earthwork. Norman Listed Building, English Heritage, and Scheduled Ancient Monument. Medieval History, Travel, Tourism, and Vacation.

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John Latter on March 18, 2013

Most of the photos linked to below were taken from within the "forbidden zone" that surrounds Dover Castle:

The Fitzwilliam Gate

This gateway (c. 1227, postern, or secondary entrance) on Dover Castle's Eastern Outer Curtain Wall is located 45 yards from the Norfolk Towers (to the right) and 120 yards from Avranches Tower (made for crossbows, out-of-shot to the left). It was built after Louis VIII's 1216 Great Siege of Dover Castle. It was also once a BBC Television "Doctor Who" set location.Individual photos:

Fitzwilliam Gate Counterscarp Entrance, Dover Castle, United Kingdom


The En Bec Twin Towers of Fitzwilliam Gate, Dover Castle, United Kingdom


The Twin Towers of Fitzwilliam Gate at Sunrise, Dover Castle

The Norfolk Towers

These medieval towers replaced the Northern Entrance (Northgate) after it was damaged during the 1216 Great Siege when Hubert de Burgh was Constable of Dover Castle. A close-up flank view similar to the photo above:

Rare Flank view of the Norfolk Towers at Sunrise, Dover Castle


Rare view of the massive Norfolk Towers at Sunrise, Dover Castle

A similar photo to the preceeding one:

Rare view of the medieval Norfolk Towers at Sunrise, Dover Castle

St John's Tower

This tower and the Spur earthwork were built by Hubert de Burgh between the first siege in 1216 and the second Siege of 1217 (when a Trebuchet Siege Engine - catapult - was used).

St John’s Tower in the Moat of Dover Castle

The Ravelin

During the Napoleonic Wars, Colonel William Twiss RE (British Army Royal Enginerrs) remodelled the Spur earthwork and added the Spur Caponier and 1802 Ravelin artllery position (sometimes called the Redan).

The Ravelin Raised Gun Platform of Dover Castle Spur

End Notes

Click to see all photos of Dover Castle, a Dover English Heritage site and a Grade I Dover Listed Building.

A Middle Ages (5th century to the 15th century) and Napoleonic Wars Dover History photo.

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.

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Photo taken in Dover Castle, Castle Hill, Dover, Kent CT16 1HU, UK
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  • Uploaded on March 17, 2013
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2011/05/31 06:28:41
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 21.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash