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Town And Castle, From The Western Heights

Town And Castle, From The Western Heights

Photographer: Sedgfield, Russell

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: 10351.cc.11

Item number: 1

Length: 6.7

Width: 6.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"Dealing with the present day, and looking over Dover from the Western Heights...it will be seen that the Dover Castle forms a strikingly heavy, but withal somewhat picturesque perspective, and one might travel far before another view of equal attractiveness could be found. Of all the lions of Dover - and, as we shall show hereafter, they are not limited in number - this is decidedly the king. Perched on an eminence that renders it a landmark, it is the first object of interest for the stranger, and is looked upon by the Dover people themselves as 'Something to love, something to revere.' They love it on account of its historical associations, and they revere it because they know that, were this country ever invaded by a foreign foe, it would, - now that those ancient works which in former ages were sufficient for the defence of this part of the realm, have been enhanced by all our modern improvements, - once more prove to be 'the lock and key of the whole realm.'"

Text by Samuel J Davies from the book 'Dover'

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