The Western Heights fortifications, Dover - Dover

A multi-phase, post-medieval fortification, with extant structures largely dating from the Royal Commission period of military construction. Site is at risk in part due to lack of joined up management leading to lapsed maintenance, but also issues with funding. A masterplan has been agreed but actions arising from this are slow to be taken forward.

The Western Heights fortifications, Dover - Dover
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Fortifications, Roman lighthouse and medieval chapel on Western Heights
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1020298
  • Local Planning Authority: Dover
  • Site Type: Defence > Fort


  • Building Name: The Western Heights fortifications
  • Street Name: Castle Hill
  • County: Kent
  • District / Borough: Dover
  • Parish: Dover
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Dover
  • Region: South East

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Part occupied/part in use
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: C
  • Ownership: Mixed, multiple owners
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument and Listed Buildings - 2 grade II, part in CA
  • List Entry Number(s): 1020298 and 1375598; 1375599