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Offline kyn

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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2016, 21:16:55 »
A couple of additional photos..

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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2012, 08:34:53 »
Thanks for the pic.  Isn't one of these casemates toilets now?

The two on the right are toilets. You can just see the signs to the left of each door.
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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #15 on: April 01, 2012, 08:04:56 »
Thanks for the pic.  Isn't one of these casemates toilets now?

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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #14 on: April 01, 2012, 08:01:58 »
Here's a wider view of the Casemates.
The entrance to the Norfolk Towers' Tunnel is in the casement with no lower windows. Central in my picture.
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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2012, 10:13:38 »

This shot from Bing Maps shows how this corner of the castle was strengthened over the centuries.Lots of tunnels under this area,some of which we visited.Other deeper tunnels were beyond our reach, being accessed by a deep grill covered shaft, but have featured on Meridian TV.They're shown on a KHF map which Kyn posted(reply #26 Dover castle Tunnels) and head out towards the coach park by the Dover/Deal Road."Spur Casemates" in the above shot should read "Spur Battery Casemates".

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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #12 on: March 10, 2012, 08:18:27 »
I have been in one of these casemates col,but it had been converted into a public toilet.In the Ministry of Works days the doors were kept locked or there was a member of their staff about.The nearby Underground Works entrance would be manned too at certain times of the day as visitors had to pay to go down them.

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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #11 on: March 10, 2012, 06:48:21 »
a couple of these are now used for schools when they visit, we were in one when the school I work at visited the castle, interestingly the plan seems to show tunnels behind some of them

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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2012, 22:29:47 »
Thankyou cliveh,a nice photo!That's where i thought they were but never knew their name.I had a look at the "Towers of Dover Castle " website and these casemates are to the rear of the Norfolk Towers.This was the site of the blocked Northgate where there was a desperate fight to keep the French out of the castle during the 1216 siege.

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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2012, 18:43:57 »
Yes thank you very much for typing these reports up Kyn!I don't know much about these ones.I take it they're to the rear of the Norfolk Towers going by unfairytale's plan?

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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2012, 22:52:14 »
Thanks Unfairytale  :)

Yes JohnWalker, all the items I post up are due to me sitting here typing away.  All the information I hold generally come as photographs of the documents and can't be picked up by the bots that scour the forum and lead everyone to the information when a webs search is done.

Plus typing them out makes it easier to read in alot of cases!

You have my sympathies on that kyn, I know exactly how you feel. I keep looking at the great pile of newspaper reports and photos of documents and handwritten archive transcriptions I still have to work my way through too!

Though I do find that once I have typed them I can remember the information better than when I've just read it.
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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2012, 22:14:05 »
Yes thank you very much for typing these reports up Kyn!I don't know much about these ones.I take it they're to the rear of the Norfolk Towers going by unfairytale's plan?

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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2012, 19:50:07 »
Thanks Unfairytale  :)

Yes JohnWalker, all the items I post up are due to me sitting here typing away.  All the information I hold generally come as photographs of the documents and can't be picked up by the bots that scour the forum and lead everyone to the information when a webs search is done.

Plus typing them out makes it easier to read in alot of cases!

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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2012, 16:55:44 »
Thanks Kyn, An interesting report.
Here's a rather messy plan, feel free to delete it if a clearer one is posted.
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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2012, 16:43:25 »
There are still some more to come but my fingers needed a rest!

It is a great insight to how soldiers llived and shows the great steps that have been made generally in living conditions for us all.  If you think these conditions were bad you can bet the majority of civilians would be living in far worse conditions!

I didn't realise you were actually typing these reports up Kyn.  Now that is a labour of love and it is much appreciated.

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Re: Spur Battery Casemates, Dover Castle
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2012, 15:50:35 »
There are still some more to come but my fingers needed a rest!

It is a great insight to how soldiers llived and shows the great steps that have been made generally in living conditions for us all.  If you think these conditions were bad you can bet the majority of civilians would be living in far worse conditions!

 

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