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Dover's 12th Century Norman Castle (UK)
Posted By: jorolat, 11-04-2007, 12:05 PM

The grounds of Dover's 12th Century Norman Castle contain traces of earlier fortifications which are most noticable in the form of the Saxon church of St Mary-in-Castro (which wasn't always a church), the Roman Pharos (a lighthouse/watch tower built in AD 46), and Iron-Age earthworks.

Below is a popular view of Dover Castle showing the Keep on the left and the Constable's Gate entrance just right of center. This photo was taken with a Pentax Optio 33LF:

Click on any of the following thumbnails for a larger view and/or more background information. These were taken with a Pentax K100D.

This view of Queen Mary's Tower and Constable's Tower was taken looking north from under the archway of Peverell's Tower, all three are on the West Outer Curtain Wall:

The Roman Pharos and Church of St Mary-in-Castro (only the nave is visible here) stand on a huge horseshoe-shaped earthwork delineated by the low wall beginning in the left-hand corner of the photo. Colton Tower (see below) appears above the low wall, just left of center:

The statue erected to Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay, KCB KBE MVO, (January 20, 1883 - January 2, 1945) stands in the grounds of Dover Castle, near to the cliff edge. Vice-Admiral Ramsay co-ordinated Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of the British Army from Dunkirk in May/June 1940, during World War II:

A view looking northwards of the West Outer Curtain Wall of Dover Castle. The photo was taken from the bridge of Canons' Gateway (Canons' Gate) and shows, from right to left, Fulbert's Tower, Peverell's Tower, Queen Mary's Tower and Constable's Gate:

Colton Gate or Colton Tower (alt. Coclico) from the south. A Norman tower built on a Saxon or even earlier base:

John Latter / Jorolat
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