Tuesday, 27 September 2011

NAAFI, Regimental Institute and Hurst Tower, Knights Road, Dover Castle, Kent, UK

The Victorian Regimental Institute building in the grounds of Dover Castle houses the Naafi Restaurant ("Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes") and Queen Elizabeth's Pocket Pistol. It also once housed a remnant of a Barnes Wallis 'bouncing bomb':

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On the left is Knights Road and Hurst Tower on the Western Outer Curtain Wall; Queen Elizabeth Road lies between the viewer and the restaurant.

The ex-Regimental Institute is a Grade II Listed Building.

The following extracts are © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence (PSI licence number C2010002016):

Building Details:

Building Name: FORMER REGIMENTAL INSTITUTE; Parish: DOVER; District: DOVER; County: KENT; Postcode:


LBS Number: 469564; Grade: II ; Date Listed: 08/07/1998 ; Date Delisted: ; NGR: TR3253841699

Listing Text:

TR 3242 DOVER KNIGHT'S ROAD (north side), Dover Castle 685/1/10007 Former Regimental Institute


Regimental institute, now offices. Dated 1868, probably by G Arnold RE (Royal Engineeers), Clerk of Works; altered c 1994. Polygonal rubble, dressings, external and ridge stacks and slate roof. Tudor Gothic Revival style. Single-depth axial plan.

HISTORY: In a similar style to the nearby Officers Barracks by Salvin (alt. Officers New Barracks, Victorian Officers Mess). Institutes were introduced to provide improving pastimes in barracks and to reduce drinking. Used for education and training at the Castle garrison, and one of the oldest institutes in an English barracks.

Listing NGR: TR3253841699

More information (including sources used and a Google Earth satellite map) can be found on this photo's original webpage at:

Hurst's Tower and Naafi Restaurant of Dover Castle (UK)

Also see:

The Victorian Regimental Institute, Knights Road, Dover Castle

Small, but perfectly formed, the Victorian Bread and Meat Store of Dover Castle

A Dover history photo.

Links to the main Images of Dover website:

The English Heritage "Pastscape" entry for Dover Castle states:

"Medieval castle possibly originating as a pre-1066 motte and bailey castle, remodelled during the reign of Henry II (Curtmantle), to became a castle with concentric defences, one of the first examples of its kind in western Europe."

All castle photos first appear under the Dover Castle tag.

The castle is one of Dover's Grade I Listed Buildings and a Dover English Heritage site.

John Latter / Jorolat

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