Military => Air Raid Precautions & Shelters => Topic started by: unfairytale on November 20, 2008, 20:18:10

Title: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: unfairytale on November 20, 2008, 20:18:10
(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn151/unfairytale208/cavespaper.jpg)

(http://i303.photobucket.com/albums/nn151/unfairytale208/cavesprintt.jpg)
Title: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: unfairytale on November 21, 2008, 21:00:16
The Chapel cave entrance is bricked-up i think as it led into peoples back gardens in East Cliff. this must have been done the same time as when the well was locked.
  My mates dad lives at Athol Terrace but he doesn't have an entrace in his back garden.  :(
Title: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: unfairytale on November 21, 2008, 21:10:59
What about the shelter just before you walk down East Cliff. with the green wooden padlocked door. Know anything about that?
Title: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: kyn on November 21, 2008, 23:01:49
What about the shelter just before you walk down East Cliff. with the green wooden padlocked door. Know anything about that?

I think thats an entrance to a well/cable tunnel for the castle  ???
Title: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: ali23 on November 30, 2008, 22:18:23
What about the shelter just before you walk down East Cliff. with the green wooden padlocked door. Know anything about that?

I think thats an entrance to a well/cable tunnel for the castle  ???

yes it is, it's not worth looking at as you can only go 100 yards along then it is straight up!
Title: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: kyn on March 01, 2009, 14:50:45
Which entrance is this?

Title: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: unfairytale on March 01, 2009, 17:30:56
Off the top of my head. it's the entrance at Athol Terrace.There's a load of garages in front of it now. I could be wrong as I'm just recovering from A bottle of Hardy's Merlot.
Title: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: kyn on June 18, 2009, 18:42:55
A little while ago four of us managed to visit these caves by permission and a small tunnel nearby . 

Title: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: unfairytale on June 18, 2009, 21:27:04
Nice to see you took a picture of the stairs that lead up to the old water tank. It's surprising how many people miss those.
Title: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: kyn on June 18, 2009, 21:35:38
I can see why, they are pretty well hidden!
Title: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: unfairytale on October 31, 2009, 16:39:10
That's the entrance to the Guilford tunnel. It was dug to connect the Athol Terrace Caves with the Trevanion Caves. The interior sloping wall on the right leads to the castle drain sump. Which from memory is about 15 feet below floor level and leads back up to the castle via a bunch of inter-connecting drains.

 Incidentally all the black dust you can see in the Trevanion Caves is coal dust. In 1822 the Dover Gas Company set up their premises in Trevanion Street, roughly where the sports centre now stands, and the caves were used to store coal. The company also dug a well near there to provide it's water supply, the amount available was great enough to provide much of the St.James's parish with fresh water.
Title: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: unfairytale on November 14, 2009, 17:23:12
I like this piece of graffiti from the Trevanion end of the tunnels.
Number, name, rank, date and address.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2437/3740523938_a759618f0c.jpg)
Title: Re: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: TowerWill on September 06, 2010, 22:09:16
I first went into this tunnel complex when we were chased by a policeman for being up on Leney's brewery roof(see Dover Townwall Street 1960'ish).
It certainly is an amazing place.Entering near where the Sports Centre is now and coming out by the bottom of the East Cliff path was quite a surprise.I wonder if there are higher levels of unconnected tunnels above this complex other than the ones we know about.E.H. probably would not be very open about all the sites they look after.
Title: Re: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: merc on June 04, 2014, 14:48:16
The Times - Saturday, March 07, 1891

Considerable interest has been caused at Dover by the discovery of an extensive range of caves in the cliff to the eastward of the town. A portion of the face of cliff having been knocked in, the entrance to a cave was discovered. Candles were procurred, and investigation showed that the first cave led into a long passage, which ran under the cliff at the back of Athol Terrace houses, while there were a number of other caves and passages branching off from it in different directions. The passages are tunnelled in the cliff beneath the castle, and it is stated that they were closed up by the military authorities at the time of the threatened French invasion. The Royal Engineers department have taken possesion of the caves, and they will again be closed up.
Title: Re: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: merc on June 04, 2014, 20:39:15
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Title: Re: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: cliveh on June 16, 2014, 15:14:51
Athol Caves:

cliveh
Title: Re: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: kyn on October 11, 2017, 17:52:54
Photos replaced
Title: Re: Dover caves - Athol Terrace, Trevanion etc
Post by: Cheryle Coyne on January 11, 2018, 01:26:25
My Mum (Barbara Scott) and Aunt (Patricia Scott) are in this photo, they lived in East cliff and spent a lot of time in the caves during the war.