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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Dover Breakwater

The Dover Southern Breakwater was constructed at the beginning of the 20th Century, and with the Eastern Arm and Admiralty Pier, it forms an enclosed harbour. It was built using large granite blocks and it extends nearly three quarters of a mile in length and is about twenty feet wide. At the far East and Western ends, a large number of rooms provided accomodation for the hundreds of troops who manned the guns, unfortunately they are currently in a very dilapidated state, with no signs of future restoration. There are also casemates, which served as magazines for the guns, which still have shell hoists in place at the extreme ends. There are searchlight emplacements , which can be seen on the Breakwater's south face, these however are no longer accessible.

The Breakwater is currently owned by Dover Harbour Board, and used by the Dover Sea Angling Association.

The outside of the Breakwater, showing one of the searchights

Looking East from the middle

Looking towards the Eastern end

Entrance to the fortified end

Gun ports in the wall

Looking towards the Eastern end and South Foreland

A Lancaster Bomber comes over the Breakwater

The later concrete buildings

The original buildings

The forified Eastern end

Inside one of the rooms

Inside another

Another room, with old light still in place

Inside one of the other rooms

This room is used to store the bikes for cycling along the Breakwater

Old lamp post base, dated 1908

The middle of the Breakwater

Base of the lighthouse in the middle

Looking up to the lighthouse

Looking along the Western end

Looking back from the Western end

Looking back to Dover harbour


Ian Stead said...

top stuff mate

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the other name for Dover southern Breakwater please?

Anonymous said...

Sorry but I cannot answer your question, but perhaps you or someone else can help me find out about a photo I have of my great grandfather who was part of the breeches buoy detachment when the breakwater was being built. In the photo my great granddad and 3 others are wearing sailors caps 4 are in full waterproofs and 2 are wearing cork life jackets. In front of the group is a written placard with the words breakwater life savers breeches buoy detachment , the remainder I can only make out is probably board. Any help please George Dean 1518 hrs. 14 4 2016.

Anonymous said...

My grandad was supposed to have laid the first brick of the breakwater, im also trying to find any pictures

Unknown said...

I've been in Dover since 1980.This should be opened up for visitors as it's an important part of Dovers history.