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Offline Roseann

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #124 on: October 07, 2018, 13:04:42 »
Can anyone tell me when the seating gallery/gardens was built on the side of castle walls overlooking the river Medway and who it was in honour of as I once heard it was for one of our queens ,thank you.
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #123 on: October 07, 2018, 12:41:35 »
Using GIMP to rule a line would seem to indicate the North-west corner of St. Nick's.  I suspect the height of the camera would also indicate the church and not one of the adjacent houses.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #122 on: October 06, 2018, 19:42:28 »
I like the idea of the view point being from the tower of the adjoining church instead of the cathedral. If you look at the photo of the castle the two corner turrets (the one nearest and it's opposite) are virtually in line. If you transpose that to the image on the map and project the line through the two turrets it heads towards the church and not the cathedral. It is possible it may have been taken from the rear of one of the buildings fronting the High Street, but unlikely?

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #121 on: October 06, 2018, 17:07:24 »
The photograph might have been taken from the tower of St.Nicholas Church adjacent to the Cathedral. Regards Troyboy

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #120 on: October 03, 2018, 19:54:22 »
The Kings Head PH is the building nearest to the word Lane of Kings Head Lane, and it is still there.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #119 on: October 03, 2018, 19:50:34 »
The layout circa 1900 showing the graveyard,the original road system and the cottages.I assume that there was a pub somewhere nearby called the Kings Head

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #118 on: October 03, 2018, 16:41:22 »
I think some of the gravestones are actually still in the moat near the wall where the carpark is if you know where to look.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #117 on: October 03, 2018, 11:39:19 »
The graveyard is immediately outside the Cathedral main entrance, the roadway is Boley Hill and the cottages on the left were demolished in the late 1950's.

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« Reply #116 on: October 03, 2018, 10:16:04 »
The attached photograph was posted by Leofwin of Rochester Castle. I have lived in the area for a long time but can't place the photograph. The houses in the foreground and the graveyard. Is this from the Cathedral?

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #115 on: March 04, 2017, 15:38:03 »
Nothing new to say but just more pictures of Rochester Castle from different angles from my postcard collections.

Although one shows Rochester old Bridge it is from the top of the Keep.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #114 on: February 22, 2017, 16:17:17 »
A similar view, but dated between 1847-57.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #113 on: February 22, 2017, 14:46:34 »
Both correct smiffy and Signals99. It is a common problem with glass plate negative if of an unfamiliar view and little to aid in getting them the right way round, such as distinctive surviving buildings or even street names. Using either pointer can help orientate an image.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #112 on: February 22, 2017, 14:15:19 »
Thanks Cat, took me a while to get it, so the wall on the left must be the boundary wall of Satis House, may have originally been a glass plate type negative, so the road to the right would be Century Walk ?

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #111 on: February 22, 2017, 14:07:18 »
The road the man is walking into is known as Centenary Walk, which runs along the rear of Minor Canon Row.

Here's the view from Google

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #110 on: February 22, 2017, 13:08:21 »
It may be easier if you look at the image flipped.

The photographer appears to have been standing in the junction of St Margaret's Street and the road along the back of the garages (don't know if this has a formal name?). The building with the curving wall on the right of the corrected image is The Old Bursary.

What clinched it for my is the position of the round corner tower on the castle and the fore-building, which should be on the right, not the left.

 

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