Deputy Constable of Dover Castle

Formerly known as the Lieutenant, there have been 214 Deputy Constables of Dover Castle since the 12th century.
As the title suggests, the officeholder was appointed to deputize for the Lord Warden and Constable in relation to his military responsibilities.

Held by Senior Army Officer

For many years the office of Deputy Constable has been held, ex-officio, by the officer commanding the local infantry brigade of the British Army, who has had his official residence at the Constable’s Tower in Dover Castle. Following a major reorganisation of the Army in 2014, there is no longer be an infantry brigade with its headquarters in Kent or Sussex and the office of Deputy Constable is now held by the Commandant of the Royal School of Military Engineering, in Chatham, Kent.

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Formal induction of the 210th Deputy Constable, 2008,
with the coat of arms of the Constables in the background

Photo courtesy of 2 (SE) Brigade.

Last Deputy Constable resident in Dover Castle

The last Deputy Constable resident at Dover Castle is Brigadier Christopher Claydon MBE, Commander 2 (South East) Brigade, who was appointed in July 2013.

The current Deputy Constable is Brigadier Matthew Bazeley. Although he will no longer reside at Dover Castle, he will have the use of the Constable’s Tower for a number of ceremonial and social events each year; enabling some historic traditions to be maintained.