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Defending Dover Castle

The builders of Dover Castle added many defensive features to make the castle difficult to attack.

Dover Castle is built on high ground with clear views of the surrounding land. People living in the castle would be able to spot the enemy arriving from miles away and therefore have time to prepare for any attack.

Attackers would have to climb up the hill to get to the castle.

They would then be faced by a moat and a steep bank with a high wall.

To enter the castle the attackers could either climb the walls or try to get through the castle gates.

A Concentric Castle

People attacking Dover Castle had to climb over two circular high walls to get to the Keep. Having two walls meant that even if an enemy broke through the outer wall, there was, in effect, a second castle securely defended and stored with provisions.

The space between the two walls was known as the 'death hole' for being trapped within the walls would almost certainly result in death for the attacker.

Secret Tunnels

Hidden inside the White Cliffs is a fascinating and secret world - a network of tunnels carved into the chalk deep inside the cliffs. They were built back in the Middle Ages but played an important part in the Napoleonic war invasion at the end of the eighteenth century, then again during the Second World War (1939 to 1945).

 

 
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