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Re: Moat's Bulwark & the Guildford Shaft
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2010, 21:32:22 »
That last picture is entitled "A Coloured View of the North Cliffs, Dover, Showing "The Bulwerck under the Castell Dyke" and seems to be a sister image to this one:

A Coloured View of the North Cliffs, Dover, Showing the "Bulwerck in the Clyff"


Both plans are dated 1591, and according to the British Library Catalogue this one "is a pictorial representation of a cannon on a cliff which strongly resembles Dover. It dates from around 1541. The drawing shows a gun platform with three cannons, titled "The Bulwerck in the Clyff". The construction of a harbour under the Western Heights in around 1500 meant that Dover Castle was too far away to provide sufficient protection for the expanding town and port and so an additional program of defence became necessary. This was one of several bulwarks constructed between March 1539 and midsummer 1540 that controlled landing in the harbour and the shallow bay opposite the town. They were made of earth revetted with timber, provided by the harbour works. The reason for these additional defences was Henry VIII's fear of an invasion from the combined forces of France and Spain. In 1538 Francis I of France, and Charles V Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain signed a peace treaty. This union gave rise to the possibility that France and Spain may combine forces to invade England. France was England?s historical enemy and Henry VIII?s divorce of Catherine of Aragon, Charles V's aunt, had offended the militantly catholic King of Spain."

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Re: Moat's Bulwark & the Guildford Shaft
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2010, 11:03:59 »
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Re: Moat's Bulwark & the Guildford Shaft
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2010, 12:47:07 »
Yes that's the top of the Guilford Shaft now alright unfairytale.I had a look at it when i was a member of Friend's of Dover Castle and used to get into the Castle for an annual subscription. I can't imagine anybody knocking a hole through that roof now without some powerful equipment(don't think E.H. would be pleased either). If i can recall correctly the previous building had a locked door alright but most of the roof had fallen in.If anyone done that they must have done so quietly as just down the slope was the Canon's Gateway guardhouse and sentry.I had the experience of being locked in a cell there when we joked with the Jock sentries.The roof beams might just have rotted and the roof collapsed inwards of course.

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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2010, 09:06:32 »
This is top entrance in the castle grounds. In old photos it's shown with a tiled pyramid shaped roof.



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« Reply #6 on: May 09, 2010, 08:38:35 »
The bottom entrance.
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« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2010, 23:41:31 »
In the late 1950's and during the 1960's we would use the Guilford Shaft to get from the seafront into Dover Castle.Doors were left open back then and the roof of the small building at the top of the shaft was rotten and had a hole smashed in it.The top flight of stairs had quite a bit of debris down it from the roof slates etc.However our favourite route up the cliff was to climb up the steps to Moats Bulwark then continue climbing up the steep wooded slope above it.Eventually we came to a series of grass covered ledges with flint nodules sticking out of the chalk above them.With feet on the ledges and hands on the flints we were able to shuffle our way up to the Castle moat near to Constable's Caponier.A tunnel in this moat led to the Shoulder of Mutton Battery.There was a sentry at Constable's Gateway back then so we didn't have to be too obvious in our escapades.Using these ledges to get up and down this section of cliff was extremely dangerous but we did so without turning a hair.I've got a job to get up the steps to the back garden now!

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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2010, 19:30:21 »
A view from the Shoulder Of Mutton Battery.
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2010, 21:35:32 »
As soon as it was evident that the Restoration of the Monarchy was firmly established, an order was issued, on 25th June 1661, reducing the garrison of the Castle to the Lord Warden, one Gentleman Gunner and seventeen gunners, and Moat's Bulwark to one captain, a lieutenant, a master gunner and  twelve gunners.
 Richard Woodward Junior, was appointed captain of Moat's Bulwark at one shilling and eightpence per day, and the soldiers; sixpence a day.
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« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2008, 19:29:57 »












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Moat's Bulwark & the Guildford Shaft
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2008, 15:04:05 »
The Moats Bulwark was built as part of Henry VIII's plans to defend  Dover harbour. The large semi-circular battery was added in th 1740s.

 Overhauled from 1775 to 1783 when the Guilford Battery was added.(named after the Guilford Lawn which the battery overlooked). And again in 1853 when much larger guns were installed.

The 214 step spiral staircase was cut to connect it with the castle.

It was used again during both world wars; four-hundred-years after it was first built.
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