Thursday Doors – Dover Castle

Welcome to Thursday Doors, a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between 12:01 am Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time).

Dover Castle is a medieval Castle in Dover, Kent, England. This is my favourite English castle to date and I have visited it three times during three separate visits to the UK. There is a lot to see at Dover Castle including the underground hospital that was established and used during WW2, the Roman lighthouse and a Saxon Church.

Today, I am going to show you a few of my pictures of the castle and its doors.

Dover Castle from the road

The medieval toilet was merely a hole that went down to a cesspit on the ground below. The cesspit was cleaned out by a gong farmer.

If you are keen, you can learn more about gong farmers here:

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52 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Dover Castle

    1. Hi Priscilla, research material tends to be silent on that sort of detail [the flies] but the video indicated there were flies. I love kitchens and I thought I had taken more pictures of this one, but I couldn’t find one of the entire room. The hearth is enormous, you can stand inside it.


    1. Ha! That sounds just like England. We visited one summer and it was suffocatingly hot for two weeks and then it turned freezing cold and rained for two weeks. The next time we visited the UK, at the same time of year, it rained for the entire time and it was freezing by my standards. Dover Castle is amazing though.


  1. Thank you for sharing the photos of Dover Castle. I’ve had the opportunity to tour the castle several times and hike on top of the cliffs. The panoramic view from the castle takes my breath away every time.

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  2. I was born and grew up in Dover. The castle was a regular school trip for us and never failed to entrance us. The local museum was also a source of much historical information. I think I was lucky!

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    1. Hi Clive, Kent is where I want to live if we ever get to the UK. I’m not sure now with all the devastation of this pandemic. SIGH! I love everything about the UK and Kent has the most amazing places to visit. Where in KEnt did you live? We used to stay near relatives in Faversham. Canterbury is my favourite city in the UK.

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      1. I hope you can eventually realise that dream, Robbie. I was born in Dover, then when I was 18 months old my parents bought a house in Whitfield: in those days that was a nearby village, now it has expanded hugely! I also lived in Folkestone for a couple of years. You’re right about Canterbury, it is a lovely place.


  3. Thanks for sharing the photos from your visit, Robbie, and for reminding me that I did not have the worst job in history 😉 I hope I am able to visit a castle at some point. their construction fascinates me. The photo taken from the roof is amazing.

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    1. Hi Dan, I am a bit of a photograph taking menace when I go anywhere. I take hundreds of pictures and keep the best of them. During medieval times, most of the jobs were awful and that continued for a long time in the UK. I always think of the girls who made matches and died of phossy jaw.

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  4. A wonderful collection of doors , Robbie. I had never heard of a gong farmer before! Isn’t it interesting that these “farmers”, who performed the most important of tasks, were never given respects or credibility. Your post have me reviewing an abstract on JSOTR which states: “The identity literature suggests that the stigma of “dirty work” threatens the ability of occupational members to construct an esteem-enhancing social identity. However, research indicates much the opposite…We argue that the stigma of dirty work fosters development of a strong occupational or workgroup culture, which fosters (1) ideological reframing, recalibrating, and refocusing and (2) selective social comparisons and differential weighting of outsiders’ views.” This is fascinating! Thank you for this informative post, which prompted me to consider the values we place on current work.

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    1. Hi Rebecca, I would have thought that at this time in human development most of the poorer people did unpleasant jobs. The tanners worked with excrement and urine which they used in the tanning process. I suppose that people in a common job would always group together as those are the people you mix with on a daily basis. The same as it is now. Most of my friends are writers or accountants with a smattering of doctors thrown in for good measure. Terence’s friends are all accountants.

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  5. Looks just like what a castle should be.
    We are definitely spoiled by indoor plumbing. I remember as a child visiting my mother’s relatives who still had an outhouse. (K)


  6. I think I’d like to visit a castle or two. I remember there was a famous left handed chef – he had done some family research and found out the stairs in the turrets of his ancestors castle actually were ‘reverse’ per those who were right handed so that when sword fighting the left-handers (apparently a majority of that family) had the advantage!

    Interesting about the toilets. Here there used to be a tour of an older Amish farm home. A hall led to a toilet room attached to the house with about 6 different holes… the two on the end were for children. I can’t imagine who cleaned that out! But probably family members took turns 😉


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