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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Wedensday Walk in Dover...

Dover Harbor

Wild ponies grazing
the cliffs

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

Entrance to underground tunnel in the Castle

Roman Lighthouse on Castle grounds

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


  1. What a weonderful post:) Your pictures are sublime! And- I too want to read that Plaidy one- can't wait for your review:)

  2. Hi there! Would love to swap blog detrails with you for BBAW but cannot find an email address. Mine is and my blog is at

  3. I could smell and feel the history from those pics. Beautiful Susie. Thank you for sharing.
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