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Dover Castle
 
Dover Castle - Following William's victory at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, he moved his forces along the coast and built an earthwork castle on this hill. This was part of his defence prior to advancing towards London and eventual conquest of the whole country. This photograph shows what survives today and the main structure which is known as Henry II's keep. It was built between 1170 and 1180. Dover is the shortest sea crossing to mainland Europe and as such, has always had an important roll in the defence of England. The castle has a maze of tunnels and defences, some of which have only just recently been opened to the general public. This castle is well worth a visit as it encompasses so much history in one place.

 

Dover Church
 
The Roman lighthouse and Saxon church known as St Mary - in - Castro stand within the battlement walls.

 

Port of Dover
 
Dover Eastern Dock. The busiest port in the world. The shortest crossing to mainland Europe. A ship arrives or leaves every seven or eight minutes. The white cliffs of Dover and the castle are directly behind. You can just see the dock in the first photograph.

 
 

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Submitted 10th January 1998
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