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Deal, Kent, England

The castle was built in the 16th century for Henry VIII, and forms part of a line of defence along the edge of the Downs. It has a low profile similar in design to nearby Deal castle. Gunpowder was becoming more widely used and high walls would only have provided a greater target area for attack. With low outer walls, reinforced with solid bastions, and the added protection of earth ramparts and moats, there was less of a target for enemy fire but plenty of strength to withstand a battering. By the time the Castle was completed, danger of a Spanish invasion had passed. It is now the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, currently Admiral Lord Boyce. It is managed by English Heritage, a body responsible for protecting the historical environment.

Other Castles in the Area
  Deal Castle, Kent
  Dover Castle, Kent

Dover Castle
Walmer Castle is the official home of the Warden of the Cinque Ports.

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Dover Castle
Walmer Castle

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Dover Castle
South bastion, Walmer Castle. The Duke of Wellington spent his last years here, occupying apartments in the south bastion.

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