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Dover Town Defences

In the civil parish of Dover.
In the historic county of Kent.
Modern Authority of Kent.
1974 county of Kent.
Medieval County of Kent.

OS Map Grid Reference: TR324415
Latitude 51.12390° Longitude 1.31491°

Dover Town Defences has been described as a certain Urban Defence.

There are no visible remains.


No remains of defences constructed during the period of the Hundred Years War which consisted of stone walls and gates.

The first murage was received in 1324 and thereafter the series was almost unbroken series until 1483. Chamberlains' account are extent from 1365 onwards and show continuous heavy expenditure on the defences... Nothing now remains above ground today, but even Leland seems to have been uncertain whether the town was completely walled. (Turner)

The town of Dover was in antient time strongly walled round and embattled, especially toward the sea, but it seems not to have been ditched round. The wall, in which there were ten gates, has been long since demolished, and some few fragments of it only are left; and of the gates there is not one remaining. The walls did not encompass a space of more than half a mile square (Hasted)

Sea walls suffer greater erosion and would required constant work on their upkeep. Gatehouse suspects these sea walls may even have included a harbour breakwater, which would certainly require considerable regular maintenance. The murage grant in 1435 specifically states 'The wall and gates of the town have been damaged by the late frequent storms.' The murage for Dover was not the usual surtax on market goods but a toll on travellers.
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