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Report - The citadels western outworks & haxo casemates 2018 summer



Jo84

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The Citadel was the heart of Dover's Western Heights fortress. Construction began at the end of the 18th / beginning of the 19th century, building on earlier earthworks. It was designed so that each ditch is flanked by gunrooms and is an angular shape reminiscent of the forts designed by Vauban. It was protected from the North by the Outer Bastion and counterscarp galleries. The Southern end is occupied by the casemated Officers' Quarters, which is designed in a mock Tudor style, and remains in good condition. Modern buildings now occupy the parade ground in the centre and few original structures remain on the surface. The original gatehouse and bridge are still used as the main entrance. It remained in army hands until the 1950s and has since been a Borstal, Youth Offenders Institute and more recently an Immigration Removal Centre. This has meant that it is free from vandalism, unlike the rest of the components of the Western Heights fortress, although a number of parts have been demolished to make room for new buildings.

The Western Outworks occupies the Western most part of the Heights' defences and is joined to the Citadel by a bridge. Barrack huts on the surface remain in good condition, both internally and externally and are within the DIRC perimeter. Outside of the perimeter, a row of Haxo casemates with Unmarried Soldiers' Quarters behind and two large sets of casemated barracks at ditch level are in a dilapidated state, and a large double caponnier has been buried

The. Explore what a fun day this was I went with my mum and sister we all ended up pretty bruised and dirty but was well worth it , it’s a lovely place for an explore hope you like

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You've been to the North and south casemates.the Western outworks is a completely seperate area.
 

obscurity

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@Jo84 no worries fella, its easily done when looking for info on places and a lot of people get their info wrong anyway. The western outworks is pretty much the area the bridge connects to the citadel. There is also a section refereed to as the eastern outworks located off the main road near the castle. :thumb
 

Jo84

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@Jo84 no worries fella, its easily done when looking for info on places and a lot of people get their info wrong anyway. The western outworks is pretty much the area the bridge connects to the citadel. There is also a section refereed to as the eastern outworks located off the main road near the castle. :thumb
Oh really I've not explored the castle end yet but think I've done most of the western heights
 

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