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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.


12 responses

  1. Hope all is well with you Brian – I’ve been AWOL too!

    Love your moody shots like this, great details.

    Have a great Christmas.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    • Many thanks Brian… Hope you’re doing well too, and have a good one…

      December 16, 2010 at 10:27 pm

  2. It certainly is the season for the blogs to be taking a backseat. Nice to see you back today – I think I was writing my most recent post as you were leaving me a comment on the previous. There’s only been a few this month for sure.

    I’d never heard of a drop redoubt before – looks like a fairly scary place!

    December 16, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    • If only it were cos of the season… lol… but never mind that… Thanks anyways k… It sure was quite the place, and I’d have loved to have had a better nose around in some of the more inaccessible places…

      December 16, 2010 at 10:32 pm

  3. aswirly

    Yay, a post! :) I was getting worried. Fascinating about the redoubt, and a fascinating shot too. Love your urbexy shots with your funky style. The light you captured glowing in the windows looks so warm in color compared to the cool interior.

    December 16, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    • Thanks so much A… Yeah I’m still around, and will be trying to show a bit more presence than I have recently… So glad you like the shot too, as I wasn’t so sure about it myself, and struggled trying to get it postable…

      December 16, 2010 at 10:36 pm

  4. It definitely looks strong. Without reading what you wrote, I just took in the image for awhile and the word Hell kept coming up for me. Especially because you shot this from above and off to the side, but I would not have wanted to live here. Awesome photo, Brian.

    December 17, 2010 at 12:15 am

    • Yeah the walls most certainly were pretty thick and impenetrable… Not sure I’d have wanted to spend too much time in there though either… Thanks Leslie..

      December 18, 2010 at 8:15 pm

  5. Great Shot! This looks like a building solely dedicated to war… No frills or cosy corners! You’ve captured the mood very well, I’d say, and it seems really imposing, even from inside!
    We have a few ruins of redoubts in our area although they’re from a much earlier period, around Louis XIV (the Sun king), and when I say they’re ruins, I mean pretty much razed to the ground!
    Great post!

    December 20, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    • Yeah it was definitely built with just one purpose in mind… There’s no denying that… Thanks Kai…

      December 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm

  6. Fab pic. It’s almost like being there.

    December 21, 2010 at 8:18 pm

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