Wild ponies grazing
The White Cliffs
Inside the Saxon Church
used primarily for the Military
Absolutely gorgeous stained glass windows
in church dating back to the 11th century
Alter in the church
One of the anti-air-craft guns used during WWII
South Entrance to Dove Castle
One of our favorite places on our trip was visiting the White Cliffs of Dover. It's a sight to behold for sure. I always get teary eyed when I think of the RAF boys returning from their flight missions, out running the Nazi's and the relief that came once they saw the White Cliffs they knew they were home.
The Castle is amazing, it looks like it was built yesterday it is in such good condition. It is a citadel on the hill overlooking Dover harbor.
There is an original Saxon church for the military on the Castle grounds which has been there since before William I. Even more ancient than that is the remnants of a Roman lighthouse.
During WWII the castle was used to plan maneuvers for Dunkirk and D-Day. It was done all underground in the fortress tunnels that were originally built during the Napoleonic Wars.
We were able to walk along the cliff's edge and see the wild ponies and since it was a clear day we were able to see France across the channel.
During the war the British troops could see the sun reflecting off the big guns of the Germans in their fortifications.
I am now reading The Hammer of the Scots by Jean Plaidy about Edward I in the Plantagenet Series. I am thoroughly enjoying it. I have to include segment from the book which is so pertinent to this post:
Dover had been aptly named the early Britain's Dvfyrrha, meaning the steep place.And what an inspiring sight it was to look down on that magnificent harbour and out to sea where he knew that on fine days the coast of France could be seen...The castle was three hundred feet above sea level-perfectly placed for defence. No wonder it was called the Key to England. Hammer of the Scots~Jean Plaidy