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Offline Rochester-bred

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #25 on: February 24, 2011, 11:27:32 »
I came across a lovely picture of Rochester castle on this site below with the cathedral and the houses in what we call the moat also the shorts plane, not sure how to put a picture on here so best for people to look on the site.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2010, 22:34:52 »
The large 'field' above the castle in the first picture (its corner can be seen again in the second picture) was about 3 ft below its surroundings and was completely flooded during the war to make what must have been the biggest Emergency Water Supply (EWS) in the area. I knew the path that went right round it as the 'tow-path'; I don't know why, because it can't have had the usual use of a tow-path - to tow barges on a canal.
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2010, 22:29:12 »
It certainly is.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2010, 22:24:56 »
And is that the Rochester polce station at the bottom of Epaul Lane that some members were trying to find the location of a few months back?

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2010, 21:09:46 »
Surprised me to learn and see houses and gardens in the moat.

Do I spy a Shorts Sunderland on the bank at the top of the first picture ??

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2010, 20:32:27 »
Two aerial views of Rochester castle and surrounding builings both from July 1948.




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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #19 on: September 03, 2010, 09:37:28 »
LHS weighing machine, RHS chocolate or cigarette machine

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2010, 21:00:46 »
Looking back over topic and notice a nice old postcard photo from Merc. which is dated 26th April (a very good date! my birthday) recalled to mind a postcard I have.  Wonder if anyone can tell me what the machines are - I wonder if they may be weighing machines.  No doubt someone out there will know.
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2010, 16:31:11 »
Me and my son decided to spend the last day of his summer holidays at Rochester - where the cathedral is free  :)















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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2010, 23:21:58 »
Somewhere I have photos of a Viking Night attack on the castle in the late 980s.  Unfortunately there was a 1 in front of the 9, was the late 1980s!!!
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2010, 10:50:27 »
Just below the main Castle Gardens, above the Esplanade, is a Foot Walk built in 1829 of Kentish Ragstone.



It was ordered that "The Chamberlain do pay one hundred pounds as the subscription of the Corporation towards raising a dwarf wall of Kentish Rag Stone from the Bridge Steps to Ladbury's Quay and making a Foot Walk under the Castle Cliff and for upholding and maintaining the present ornamental Ruin of the Castle Wall and Yarmouth Tower."





The sheer wall, with seating alcoves replaced the ivy clad chalk cliff. Later, rubble was added to build up the Esplanade, and Balustrades from the mediaeval Rochester Bridge after it had been demolished by the Royal Engineers in 1857.


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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2010, 13:10:18 »
Following the heavy rain this weekend part of the wall has collapsed, see Medway Messenger site
http://www.kentonline.co.uk/medway_messenger/news/2010/march/1/wall_collapses_at_castle.aspx

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2010, 22:35:57 »
Does anyone recall the old Rochester Castle Fete's pre Carnival days.
They were the highlight of the year as I recall, very well supported too.
I remember events such has Bowling for a pig, knock the Lady out of Bed(no I was'nt dreaming)
always finished with one of the top local Bands playing also.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2009, 09:05:22 »
I know there are suppose to be some tunnel(s) in the castle grounds as a workman found them when they were resurfacing one of the paths years ago.



That was about 1956, I can remember it being in the KM. We lived at Borstal then and used to roam as far as the castle, we spent hours mooching about hoping to find the tunnels after it was in the paper. Pete

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2009, 23:39:43 »

Image from Bygone Medway,Volume 3.

 

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