Killed in a coach crash

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At Bilsington Kent A Monument erected in 1835 in memory of local landowner and philanthropist Sir William Richard Cosway, who was killed in a coaching accident nearby. He helped establish a school and supported reforms for agricultural workers in the area. Constructed from local Kent stone, the obelisk stands over fifty feet high and dominates the skyline for some distance.

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Drop Redoubt

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Above Dover is an area that is a reminder of the Napoleonic Wars with France, It is known as Western Heights. The Drop Redoubt was part of these defensive forts built between 1804 and 1815. Commanding extensive views of Dover and across the channel towards France. It had barracks for 200 men and was intended to house twelve 24-pounder guns. When the peace treaty with France was signed in 1814 over £200,000 had been spent on the vast network of fortifications of the Western Heights. Near the Redoubt is the Grand shaft built between 1803 and 1809 a triple spiral staircase dropping 140ft to the street at sea level. This engineering wonder meant troops could deploy rapidly from the barracks at times of emergency.

 

On visiting The Drop Redoubt you are not able to go inside the Fort but I found this door and passage to the inner ditch. Going in I was able to walk around the Moat and take some photo’s ( I was glad the door was not shut behind me while exploring).

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view from above taken off the net.

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The shaft is behind this locked gate above you can see the steps down to grand shaft in the top picture.