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Robert Bilsland

Hundreds of Years of Worship Atop Cliffs of White

St Mary in Castro, Dover, Kent, England, UK

July 31, 2015, 12:15 UTC (13:15 local time)

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Caption

It is believed that there has been a church on or near this site from about 630AD. The origins of the church that you see here date to Saxon times being built around 1000AD. When being constructed, flint and tiles were taken from an adjacent Roman pharos (lighthouse) to help build the walls. These tiles can still be found in the walls today. Over the years the church has been through many cycles of falling into disuse and restoration to what you see today.

It is amazing that a church like this, in its position is still in such good shape. With Dover being an important strategic location during World War 2 the church and the surrounding castle would have been easy pickings, but due to it providing a very visible and useful way-point marker on the way to London it was spared.

This panorama was shot while holidaying in the area and it turned out to be a bit of a challenge. With so much to see at the castle there was a constant flow of people looking around the church. Luckily as it was around lunchtime I found an empty gap. Well I say empty, but there was one lady polishing the brass work and she's quite hidden.
St Mary in Castro, Dover - Wikipedia
St. Mary in Castro, Dover Castle, Dover - The Church of England
Dover Castle - English Heritage

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Location

Europe / UK-England

Lat: 51° 7' 42.34" N
Long: 1° 19' 24.54" E

Elevation: 357 ft

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

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Equipment

Taken with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G fisheye lens. Mounted on a Nodal Ninja 5 panoramic head and R-D16 rotator atop a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod. 9 bracketed shots (-4 -3 -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3 +4) taken at 6 positions 60° apart, tilted 15° down, another set of shots taken looking straight up and a final set of shots taken looking at where the tripod stood but from the side. Raw files then processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.7 before being blended into single views and stitched together using PTGui Pro 10.0.12 and converted using Pano2VR 4.5.3.
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