Dover

United Kingdom

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 | Updated: Dec 1, 2021

Dover's history, because of its proximity to France, has always been of great strategic importance to Britain. Archaeological finds have shown that there were Stone Age people in the area; and that by the Bronze Age the maritime influence was already strong. Some Iron Age finds exist also, but the coming of the Romans made Dover part of their communications network.

Like Lemanis (Lympne) and Rutupiae (Richborough) Dover was connected by road to Canterbury and Watling Street; and it became Portus Dubris, a fortified port. Forts were built above the port; lighthouses were constructed to guide ships; and one of the best-preserved Roman villas in Britain is here.

During the Second World War, Dover became the frontline and Dover Castle was very much part of that front line. 


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Posted: Jun 1, 2009 | Updated: Dec 1, 2021

The fortress of Dover

The final stop on this Kent tour was the great medieval fortress of Dover. Commanding the shortest sea crossing between England and the continent, Dover Castle boasts a long and immensely eventful history. Its spectacular site above the famous 'White Cliffs' was originally an Iron Age hill fort, and still houses a Roman lighthouse, one of the best preserved in Europe. The Anglo-Saxon church beside it was once part of a Saxon fortified settlement. Unlike most castles which fell into disuse and ruin, Dover castle was in use throughout World War II and had a role to play in the 1980s in the event of nuclear war.

1) 2000 years of fortifications
2) The Roman lighthouse (pharos)
3) St Mary de Castro church
4) Avranches Tower
5) Gun positions overlooking Constables Gate
6) Constable's Gate flank cover
7) Entrance to the inner curtain wall
8) To the inner curtain wall
9) Henry II's mighty keep
10) The World War II defences
11) France, just 20 miles away

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