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The Roman Pharos, Dover Castle

The Roman Pharos, Dover Castle

Photographer: Sedgfield, Russell

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869


Item number: 0

Length: 6.7

Width: 6.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"A peculiarly interesting relic of the Roman times is the Pharos, the ruins of which are represented in the photograph on our titlepage, as they appeared before recent restorations. The probable date of its erection is unknown. It is an octagonal tower, in an excellent state of preservation, at the west end of the Castle Church, an edifice of great historical associations, one of the oldest sacred structures in the country, and, now that it has been restored, an attractive place of public worship. The morning services on Sundays, however, are strictly confined to soldiers. The antiquity of the Pharos has always been a subject of much dispute; but it is considered by those whose judgment carries the greatest weight, that it was built during the time of Agricola, and that the upper part was repaired or erected by Sir Thomas Erpingham during the reign of Henry the Fifth. At any rate, it is one of the best specimens of Roman remains in the country."

Text by Samuel J Davies from the book 'Dover'

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