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Offline Riding With The Angels

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Re: The Bredenstone, Drop Redoubt, Dover
« Reply #4 on: October 02, 2011, 14:07:26 »
Some of the rest of the foundations can be seen in the wall of the offices blow the site within the Drop Redoubt.

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Re: The Bredenstone, Drop Redoubt, Dover
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2011, 17:25:23 »
It is part of the foundations, which were uncovered when the Officer's quarters were built, and it was brought up onto the surface, as far as I know

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Re: The Bredenstone, Drop Redoubt, Dover
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2011, 21:33:00 »
Forgive me for my stupidity, but, is the visible bit actually part of the original structure? i.e. it was built 'around' by the constructors of the redoubt, or was it added later, on top of the actual position of the pharos?

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The Bredenstone, Drop Redoubt, Dover
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2011, 21:24:44 »


On top of the Drop Redoubt are the remains of a Roman pharos, or lighthouse, which complemented the Eastern Pharos that still stands in the grounds of Dover Castle, next to the Saxon church of St. Mary in Castro. Both date from the 2nd Century AD, and would have been similar in design lighting the cliffs either side of the Roman Port of Dubris. Remains of the western pharos were lost during the first period of construction of the Redoubt, but the foundations were rediscovered in 1861 during the building of the Officers Quarters. A remainder of the original foundations can still be seen as a horizontal band of Roman rubble and mortar in the inner wall, in the Officers Quarters, immediately below the Bredenstone.

Local names for the remains are the ‘Bredenstone’ or the ‘Devil’s Drop of Mortar’ and at one time the Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports had their installation ceremony here.



An illustration from "The Illustrated London News" of the Marquis of Dufferin and Ava being installed as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports at the Bredenstone in 1892.

 

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