Ailsa’s theme this week is Walls. I know my town is old and has loads of old buildings, but it can be cold, and I think he photo I took today of Dover Castle shows some of the most impenetrable walls in our country. Having been built in the 12th Century, it has withstood so much. The castle started being built by Henry II, and in 1216 Louis VIII of France attempted to breach the castle, but didn’t make it completely through. It stood for years, and when Henry VIII was there, he had a moat added and upgraded the defences to gunpowder. The castle was lost in 1642 during the English Civil War without a shot being fired – so the walls weren’t breached.
At the end of the Napoleonic War, more outer walls were added, making it even more defensible. At the beginning of the Second World War, the secret tunnels underneath were converted to an air raid shelter and then a Command Centre. Gun batteries were installed so that ships in the Strait of Dover could be picked off as necessary.
To this day, the castle has never been fully breached. The walls are between 17 and 21 feet thick. And this castle is right behind my house. Admittedly you would have to scale the White Cliffs of Dover to get there, but it is there.