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Report - Spur Caponiers, Dover.

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by DarkDog, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. DarkDog

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    A full moon on this explore meant we didn't have to rely on torches to light our way and mark us out to security, and thanks to the moat clearance that has taken place we could be sure of our footing.
    Following a wisp of a path down into the moat, we negotiated our way in, and what a find! The Caponier is completely unchaved, and the walls are covered in calcite, stalagtites hang from the ceilings, and the place feels like it has just been abandoned. Anyway, here's my interpretation of the place.

    The Caponier has two main gun rooms
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    As you can see, the gun restraint block is still in place
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    The field of fire from this caponier would have turned the moat into a killing field
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    Entering the second gun room
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    The second gun room, and the tunnel entrance
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    The tunnel leads to a 20ft shaft leading straight up into the Eastern Redan Guardroom
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    At the other end of the Caponier, a 20ft shaft leads down to a tunnel connecting to the Western Spur Caponier and to the shaft that exits into the medieval tunnels by St. John's Tower
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    Herbivore counting the loot in St. John's Passage Tunnel
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    The growing coin count!
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    The St. John's Passage Tunnel looking up to the grate in the Medieval Outworks
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    Looking back down St. John's Passage Tunnel to the Caponier Tunnels
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    And looking back to the connecting tunnel between Caponiers
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    Tunnel leading to the Entrance Shaft to the Western Redan Guardroom
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    Gunroom in the Western Caponier
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    Stalactites in the Western Caponier
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    Inside the Eastern Redan Guardroom
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    The Tunnel that connects East and West Caponiers to St. John's Passage Tunnel and hiding place for the devil's beasts.
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    Graffiti in the East/West Caponier Tunnel, including one from 1713
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    The workman's 'bench', complete with vintage Silver Spring bottle.
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    This is a compilation of several visits, so apologies if it seems a bit of a muddle!
     

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