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Offline smiffy

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Re: Rochester City Walls
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2013, 18:25:21 »
S E Gazette, 4th June, 1861

THE ANCIENT CITY WALLS. —- During the past week, excavators have been employed in laying down the pipes for the Chatham Water Works Company. In the course of their labours, when nearly opposite the Free School, they came down upon part of the stone foundations of the city wall, or rather that portion of them which formed the foundation of the East gate of the city. The stones were much broken by the workmen, and but a small portion remained in its entirety. A few years since similar foundations were discovered in the opposite side of the street, whilst workmen were engaged in repairing the gas pipes opposite the Eagle Inn, the whole of which was in a more perfect state than the remains found on Thursday, leaving no doubt whatever that the East gate was opposite the Free School, on the one side of the road, and fronting the dwelling-house adjoining Mr. Girling’s, linen-draper. The fact has been so long known to antiquaries that it created but little attention. We have heard of a coin or two having been found, but we believe nothing of a remarkably interesting character was discovered, except a mysterious finding of something by a working man, who, to use the words of a spectator, "looked at it, rubbed the dirt off, put it in his pocket, and walked away." People, however, were not exactly content with the foundations of the walls. There was another discovery. Going along Eastgate towards Star-hill, there were found several trunks of trees, hollowed and laid down for water pipes, after precisely the same pattern that we find them in some of our agricultural districts, even in the present day. Many of these had rotted and certainly looked extremely ancient, quite enough for our enthusiastic archaeologists to assign a date when they were laid down, the only difference of opinion being whether it was during the Saxon heptarchy or the more remote time of the Romans. Much learned discussion ensued, but it was ultimately decided in favour of the Romans, from its contiguity to Troy town. Scarcely had it been satisfactorily settled, and notes drawn up for the "Gentleman’s Magazine" or the "Builder," when an elderly mechanic, who was looking on, upset the whole affair by explaining that he remembered their being laid down for the purpose of conveying water from Shepherd’s brewery to Chatham about 40 years ago, which proved to be the fact.


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Re: Rochester City Walls
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2010, 18:48:29 »
I think there may be more of the wall behind the Eagle tavern...

There is a sign on the wall next to it and then follow the alley down from there,
I will try and swing over to Rochester this weekend and take a look if no one beats me to it


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Re: Rochester City Walls
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2010, 23:22:22 »
Read of one a moment ago, not Rochester.

A woman that commited a murder was executed but could not be buried on Concecrated ground,"Inside the City wall " so was buried outside.
Not saying it was the case, but a start.


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Re: Rochester City Walls
« Reply #4 on: January 26, 2010, 23:04:21 »
Its hard to imagine that where the cars are queuing  there was a car dealers (WATSONS i think) and next to it a pub,the Rochester Castle(ind coope).In the pubs back yard ran the city wall,which ran along the line of the sets,the left hand side of the wall was the back yard of Medway Mowers. When the properties were demolished,(under compulsory purchase order to make that part of corporation street wider in 1975) during the demolision the body of a young woman was discovered,believed to have been about a thousand years old,apparently the fact that she had been buried outside the city wall had some significance, not sure what, any ideas.

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Re: Rochester City Walls
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2010, 21:52:50 »
If you go through the railway arches to the left, you will see a part of the wall that has remained.  opposite the old coach park.


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Re: Rochester City Walls
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2008, 23:41:17 »
Going across part of Corporation Street,they've marked part of the line that the wall took on the Road.

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Rochester City Walls
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2008, 23:13:47 »
The first city wall was constructed by Romans, they consisted of an earthen bank with a pallisade on top and a ditch seven metres wide and three metres deep.  Remaining visible sections can be found in Corporation Street, The Common, near Gas House Road and along the esplanade.  The Roman wall was replaced by  a Kentish Ragstone wall two metres thick and over six metres high.  After the seige and capture of the castle in 1215 by King John much of the wall had to be repaired, a new ditch was also added.  It was twenty-nine metres wide and six metres deep.  This protected the south and east sides of the city costing £246.13s.4d.  A section of this ditch can be found in Eagle Court. After a French attack on Rye and Gravesend in 1377 and  Winchelsea three years later the East Gate was rebuilt.  It  was built with drum shaped towers resembling the West Gate Towers in Canterbury.


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