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Let There Be Light…

So there I was, sitting on the cold stone cobbles, or should I say virtually laying on said cobbles… in what I thought was a pretty deserted part of the castle, trying to re-capture a shot I’d taken many years before with an old old camera… getting dripped on from the mouldy walls and roof… when a couple appeared (and stopped) in the doorway to the right…

So being considerate I stopped setting up the shot, and said “please, carry on, I’m just setting up”… but they said “Oh no, this looks like a very nice shot, so I’m going to take the same picture after you”…  lol… Well I didn’t mind too much, as I didn’t know them at all, and it’s highly unlikely their shot would ever appear in the same place as mine… but what I DID mind, was that they just STOOD THERE… Right in the middle of my shot… waiting for me to finish !!!!…. with their cameras in hand…

Ummmm…. S’cuse Me !!!…. lol….

So I had to again stop what I was doing, and actually ask them to step back out of the way… lol… And them photographers an all… sheeeesh… There was me being highly considerate of others, and stopping my set up to allow them to pass, yet they declined and appeared entirely surprised when I politely asked them to step back in to the doorway instead, so I could take my shot…

Photographers !!!… So Rude !!!… LOL…

For anyone who’s interested in a bit of history, you can read plenty over on WIKI… The castle is medieval, founded way back in the 12th century, and is the largest castle in England… and when I say large… Well it’s HUGE.. I managed to find this aerial shot which will give you an indication to the extent of the place… It’s the complete triangular section right up to road you see bordering the docks…


Drop Redoubt

Firstly, sincere apologies for being utterly absent from the blogsphere of late… Plenty of reasons for that, but none of which I’ll inflict on you… Hopefully I’ll try to make more of an effort soon, but may have to resort to some older shots, as there’s not a great deal of interest here to shoot when it’s dark and wet and cold and miserable… lol…

This shots from a fairly recent trip to the Napoleonic Fort accessed by the spiral staircase I’ve posted recently… This is inside Caponier No. 3, which would have provided fire over any enemy invasion…

For some extra info, here’s an extract from Underground Kent detailing exactly what a drop redoubt is… Put simply, a redoubt is a detached outwork of great strength from which soldiers can fire in any direction, without flanking defences.  The Drop Redoubt is certainly a formidable looking structure even now, with its massive walls, bombproof casemates and the caponiers providing excellent means of defence.  Surrounding the Drop Redoubt is a dry ditch system over which the caponiers would have provided fire against any enemy infiltration. Known as Lines, they served a very similar purpose to mediaeval moats. The East Ditch leads from the Drop Redoubt to the harbour, and on the opposite side of the Redoubt, the Line extends out towards the Citadel. This was essential as the Citadel served as a place of final retreat should the rest of the Western Heights fall to the enemy.

Access to the Redoubt was via a bridge, the evidence of which is still very clear. Once through this entrance, the officers quarters are on the right, and a guard room and cells on the left. The bombproof barracks are on the other side of the structure, and could have housed 90 men. Married soldiers also had quarters here, and they were situated opposite the bombproof barracks.

There are 4 caponiers in the Redoubt, each with a gun room. There are also 3 gun rooms overlooking the East Ditch, and two more gun rooms to provide gunfire over the Line leading to the Citadel. The main magazine is situated by the married quarters, with further magazines attached to each caponier and the gun rooms defending the ditches.


Bottom’s Up…

So a couple of weeks ago I posted a shot of The Grand Shaft, and was asked what it looked like from inside… So here’s a couple of shots from top to bottom, and bottom to top…

As mentioned back then, this is a triple spiral staircase, and was used to get the troops from the beach up to the Napoleonic Fort at the top of the Western Heights in Dover. It’s also only open to the public twice a year… so was worth the visit (and the climb)…


The Grand Shaft



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