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Sunday, 19 August 2012

North Entrance, Dover - August 2012

It was the hottest day of the year so far, and after a 3am explore with my brother finished off a 10 hour drinking session, I woke up with a stinking hangover. Not a good combination to head down to Dover with. I waited in a pub for the guys to finish their first site and took the edge off of the hangover. 

After a bit of a fail elsewhere, we resolved to have a go at Detached Bastion or North Entrance. DB was sealed up, so North Entrance it was.

Some history from underground kent:
The weakest link in fortress defence is often the entrances, so it is hardly surprising that much ingenuity goes into their design. The North Entrance to the Western Heights was the nearest to the town of Dover and most convenient for access, either for supplies or by an attacking force. Accordingly, its defences were substantial, comprising two bridges and a tunnel. The entrance dates from the Royal Commission period of the 1860s, and superseded the entrance dating from Napoleonic times - a single bridge over a ditch.
The two bridges crossed the twin ditches (or lines), which were separated by an earth bank – the tenaille. Neither bridge was fixed. The first of the two had a drop-down section hinged at the tenaille end, while the second had a section that could be raised. The roadway cut through the tenaille was ‘S’ shaped, so that artillery fire could not be brought to bear on the entrance to the tunnel from the approach road.
Having crossed the two bridges, the road entered a tunnel, with a pair of massive doors at the outer end. These slid on rails from deep slots either side of the tunnel, and did away with the obvious weakness of hinges. The tunnel then turns sharp left, runs straight for 50m or so, then turns right towards the inner gateway. The road bed of the tunnel was laid with 6” cubes of oak, probably to guard against sparks.

Visited with Space Invader, Stealth, SXriffraff, and Silver Rainbow.


Bit of a climb to get in, twice...


A room down the stairs that are in the photo below. 




This is the main tunnel, that used to be a main road in Dover until the 1960s I believe.



The door above is at the top of the staircase down to the caponier.




At the opposite end of the tunnel another passage diverts off, this providing access to three water tanks and a tunnel that used to go near to the Drop Redoubt before it collapsed.


Walking into someone's shot... oops.


I did a bit of experimenting with the gallery in the caponier, above was the shot that was closest to what I was intending. 



Then Space Invader came along and painted the above for me.


Overall this was a good explore, bit bigger than I thought it was and challenging to get into it as well. 

Cheers for reading.

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