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Report - Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent - Oct 2013

Discussion in 'Underground Sites' started by Altair, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. Altair

    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Detached Bastion, Dover.​


    So yeah, you did just read that date correctly. It's taken myself over a year to sort this one out! Anyway, this was visited on a very cold, wet and windy day with SirJP and my non member accomplice. This was visited as part of our whistle stop tour of Dover. Sadly i forgot to take any externals due to the abysmal weather and it goes without saying that access was tricky in the rain, but shits and giggles were had and happy to cross this place of the list. ​


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    The detached Bastion for those who don't know was part of the defences built in Dover in the Napoleonic era. Their purpose was to assist in defending the northern approaches to Dover, particularly from the Folkestone Road, along which it was envisaged Napoleon and the French Grand Army would attack. It's now just an empty slowly decaying shell of a building.

    The North Centre and Detached Bastions are located between the Drop Redoubt and the Citadel on the Western Heights. Their purpose was to assist in defending the northern approaches to Dover, particularly from the Folkestone Road, along which it was envisaged Napoleon and the French Grand Army would attack.

    Work on the North Centre Bastion began in 1804 as part of the main Western Heights works, although it was incomplete in 1815 when Napoleon was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo. In 1859 the Royal Commission which called for modification across the Western Heights reviewed the unfinished North Centre Bastion. Work began on its completion and the construction of the Detached Bastion and its caponier. They were armed throughout the main phase of occupation at the Western Heights, but along with the rest of the fortress, its decline was rapid and at the turn of the century its guns were removed. The bastions saw very little use after this time, with only local defence use during both World Wars.

    The Army relinquished the Western Heights after the Second World War and the North Centre and Detached Bastions have remained empty and unused since.


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    Thanks for looking, and sorry for taking so long SirJP!

     

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  2. Oxygen Thief

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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    Yeah it is an amazing place. I like the drawbridge and the historic graffiti '28gayslater'.
     
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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    Haha, about time :D Good pics - am I right in thinking you did your back in earlier in the day?
     
  4. Altair

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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    Cheers buddy! Yeah I'd already buggered it up at work but made it worse getting in/out of South Forelands, I think. Hindered the rest of the day but still saw plenty :D
     
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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    Good to see photos from this place again, youve captured it nicely:thumb
     
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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    Great photo's.

    I love that first room you go into, the colours are fantastic.
     
  7. norfolkexplorer

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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    Cant rush a good job ;) Nice images mate :)
     
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    Altair Poking holes since '84
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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    Thanks for the comments everyone, really liked this place :)
     
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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    This is fantastic. You've managed to light up your shots really well in there too. I imagine it was quite dark. Good effort for finding it too! :thumb
     
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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    Thanks WildBoyz, yeah it was pretty dark but not pitch black due to the tiny openings. Can't take credit for finding it though, that was Sirjonnyp's handy work.
     
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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    I can't take credit for that either, standing on the shoulders of giants etc
     
  12. Wevsky

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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    finding it..?you really cant fucking miss it ?
     
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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    Yeah I think I mis-used that saying really
     
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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    well maybe yes!on google maps its a bit hard to miss..access is often less easy to find these days
     
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    Re: Detached Bastion, Dover, Kent Oct 2013

    What I was getting at is that I was told it was open and where sometime before, hence why I was taking credit for it
     
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