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IN THE COUNTRY OF THE CINQUE PORTS: WALMER CASTLE, SHAKESPEARE'S CLIFF AND DOVER HARBOUR

IN THE COUNTRY OF THE CINQUE PORTS: WALMER CASTLE, SHAKESPEARE'S CLIFF AND DOVER HARBOUR

At Walmer (bottom left), a little less than two miles from Deal, is the castle, an official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. The earliest part of it dates from the reign of Henry VIII. A room is shown where Nelson and Pitt discussed the naval operations of 1801, and the room where the Duke of Wellington died-he was Warden from 1829-may also be seen. Just south of Dover the railway runs along the shore and pierces Shakespeare's Cliff (bottom right), which is 350 feet high. Its name is due to the traditional association with the famous passage from the fourth act of King Lear. A good stretch of the French coast is visible from the summit. The view of Dover harbour (top) was taken from the pier and shows the castle on the hill above.

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