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Report - Guilford Shaft. Dover. Kent.

Discussion in 'Military Sites' started by Herbivore, Jul 17, 2009.

  1. Herbivore

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    The Guilford shaft connects The Moat's Bulwalk to Dover Castle.
    The Moats Bulwark was built as part of Henry VIII's plans to defend Dover harbour. A 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 in 1856 to connect it with the castle.

    It was used again during WW2 four-hundred-years after it was first built.
    Sentry area:
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    This leads to another unlined tunnel which points the same way as the one below and leads to a long (60 step) stairway:
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    Some of what's on the walls:
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    Half-way up is another passage: (looking down to it):
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    Looking back from passage:
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    On the left is are four small rooms added in WW2 as accomodation:
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    At the top of these 60 steps is a set of doors:
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    Looking back to next set of stairs: (The last ones)
    DSC01044.jpg

    Second to last 'landing'
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    The top step. number 214!
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    Looking out of top opening just outside the apron wall of Dover Castle:
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    Looking back down:
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