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Dungeness

The old lighthouse is open to visitors and a climb to the top is rewarded with fine views, but don't stay up there too long only to see your train pull out of the station below.

The Sound Mirrors, also known as Acoustic Mirrors, Concrete Dishes or Listening Ears, are large concrete structures designed as an early warning system for Britain to detect enemy aircraft.

There were three designs of mirrors and all three can be seen in Greatstone, located in the north east side of the Dungeness Nature Reserve. These three concrete "listening ears" range in size from 20 to 200 feet in size.

Built between 1928-30, the sound mirrors were part of Britain's national defence strategy. They were designed to pick up the sound of approaching enemy aircraft. Sound waves were caught in the belly of the mirror and relayed back through microphones and a stethoscope to an operator who raised the alarm. Anti-aircraft defences were then deployed. The mirrors effectively gave Britain a fifteen-minute warning of an impending attack.

Dungeness  Beach

Dungness  Beach

Dungeness is a headland on the coast of Kent, England, formed largely of a shingle beach.

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