Rochester Castle - Kent


Chatham, United Kingdom

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Rochester Castle in Medway, Kent, on a cold blustery day in October 2007.

This Photograph was Taken with my old Compact Camera that now refuses to turn itself on….

Featured in Kent – The Garden of England 21st January 2009
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Featured on as Picture of the Day

Featured in the My Medway Exhibition Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester Visitor Centre, Kent for 2 weeks October 2009.

Strategically placed astride the London Road, guarding an important crossing of the River Medway, this imposing fortress has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding. Its mighty Norman tower-keep of Kentish ragstone was built c. 1127 by William of Corbeil, Archbishop of Canterbury, with the encouragement of Henry I. Consisting of three floors above a basement, it still stands 113 feet high. Attached is a tall protruding forebuilding, with its own set of defences to pass through before the keep itself could be entered at first floor level.

In 1215, garrisoned by rebel barons, the castle endured an epic siege by King John. Having first undermined the outer wall, John used the fat of 40 pigs to fire a mine under the keep, bringing its southern corner crashing down. Even then the defenders held out within the building, until they were eventually starved out after a resistance of nearly two months.

Rebuilt under Henry III and Edward I, the castle remained a viable fortress in the 15th century, but a century later it was decaying. Today it stands repaired as a proud reminder of the history of Rochester, along with the nearby cathedral and Dickensian cobbled streets.

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