The Great Tower

When Henry II built his Great Tower keep at Dover Castle in the 12th century, he was as mindful of its position as a symbol of power as its function as a strategic defence against enemies and invaders. With his eyes focussed uneasily on the steady stream of Medieval tourists on their way to visit the shrine of Thomas Becket, he created a splendid Royal Court within the castle walls, representing an unequivocal and majestic emblem of his authority and wealth.