In the kitchen you can hear the chef scolding the kitchen boy, and all kinds of "authentic" sounds that historians imagine. It´s like they just got called out for a bit, soon returning. Or maybe not. There is something lacking; perhaps just the way things arrange themselves around human bodies, working. You know, it´s just obvious that no one is actually working there. It´s hard to explain how, but one knows.
|There is lots of graffiti everywhere by French officers held here during the Napoleonic wars.|
|Imagining Henry and Eleanor, tucking in for the night. These strong colours feel strange, but are true to the period, I understand.|
|Looking at it now, I think the decorations on that box might depict the murder of Thomas Becket, like on this one.|
There is a museum adjacent to the tower, the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment Museum, where you can see all kinds of interesting things regimental. Like this crocheted scarf, one of eight made by Queen Victoria herself, to be given by her grandson to particularly brave soldiers of the ranks in the Colonial Forces. It is made of Khaki-coloured Berlin wool and embroidered with Victoria´s monogram. It was worn over the right shoulder, under the shoulderstrap and buckled to the belt. This particular one belonged to Colour-Sergeant Thomas Ferrett, who served in South Africa, and in the second photo it´s worn by his wife.
Apropos shot, it´s completely impossible to get one of the castle that conveys any of it´s size and grandure. Even when you see aerial photographs of it, it doesn´t feel as impressive as it does when you are standing on the ground. It was really hard to pick out the photos for this post, as we have so many, all of them pretty good, but none of them totally satisfactory.
|The entrance to the medieval tunnels.|
|Where the tunnels go.|
If you are so inclined, you can actually stay at Dover Castle. There is one "holiday cottage" type accomodation, for two, in Peverell´s Tower. Perfect for a romantic weekend, watching "The Lion in Winter", perhaps, drinking toddy? I wasn´t aware of this when we booked, and honestly, four days in July for 543 pounds, would have been totally worth it. Maybe for our 25th anniversary?
|In this shot you can see the fort on the Western Heights, which we explored on the third day in Dover.|