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Offline ann

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #64 on: April 11, 2013, 16:23:17 »
... I remember having to pay 3d to get in at the little door in the bottom of the large fore building, you had to cross over a deep pit and we used to think this was the dungeon, of course I know better now what a donjon is and was, it was a steady climb to the top but the views were spectacular,....

Yes I remember the little door at the bottom that you went in through, and the deep pit.  I never got fed up of going in there and up to the top when I was a child.  Later, as a teenager (back in the risque early 1960's) it used to be somewhere to meet up with boys on a Sunday afternoon.

Talking about roofing it over, I seem to recall that sometime in the late 60's or early 70's a young man fell from the top, I think he was climbing along the wall. The surname Black seems to come to my mind.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #63 on: April 11, 2013, 11:49:10 »
I always loved this castle, it was a long walk from Luton but worth it. I remember having to pay 3d to get in at the little door in the bottom of the large fore building, you had to cross over a deep pit and we used to think this was the dungeon, of course I know better now what a donjon is and was. It was a steady climb to the top but the views were spectacular, I have never been able to understand why it was never roofed over and floors put back in: (a) it would better preserve what is there and (b) you would get a better understanding of how the castle worked, a better use of lottery funding could not be found.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #62 on: April 06, 2013, 19:30:30 »
I have fond memories of looking over the wall towards the Bridge where those cannons are.  Waiting for my then girlfriend to cross the bridge to meet me. I was 15 at the time. She was my first love.

Whenever my wife and I are in the castle gardens, she always says, " Lets look at the view before we go home". I told her about them times long, long ago. She just smiles when we leave, knowing I was, for just a brief moment, 15 again. Waiting for his first love to cross the bridge.


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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #61 on: April 06, 2013, 19:27:26 »
Thanks Medwayboy. :)
I think the exact spot on the wall was at the peak of the bulge in the 2nd photo.
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #60 on: April 06, 2013, 18:28:16 »
And this one... don't know why it didn't appear with the one below.

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« Reply #59 on: April 06, 2013, 18:26:11 »
A couple of memories here for you peterchall & wife, I took them with a little browney camera back in the late 50s.
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #58 on: March 24, 2013, 21:38:11 »
I was sitting on the wall near the cannon at the top of steps leading up from the Esplanade with a mate one evening in August 1946 - I don't know the exact date - when two girls came in from the Castle Hill entrance and walked along the path towards us. My mate said "I know that girl" and they spoke to each other; her friend and I were introduced and she is is now sitting in the room with me as I write this. So those gardens are a very special place to me.
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #57 on: March 24, 2013, 20:32:47 »
numanfan, what brilliant pictures! Makes me miss the days when I used to walk down there.
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #56 on: March 24, 2013, 20:23:14 »
I think that there is a mulberry bush is in the cathedral gardens, near the cloisters.  Its fruit is what silk worms live on.

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« Reply #55 on: March 24, 2013, 19:28:50 »
In my days at Rochester Maths, (1954-61), I would sometimes wander round the Castle Gardens and "take the air".  I remember being fascinated with the mulberry trees at the opposite end from the Esplanade entrance.  I had never seen such fruit before.  Are they still there?

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« Reply #54 on: August 26, 2012, 13:22:51 »
Lovely pics numanfan, I'll have to look at them again when the dark old winter days come in and remind myself that we did have a few lovely summer days.
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« Reply #53 on: August 26, 2012, 11:36:59 »
Lovely photos, the contrast between the colour and the grey is great!  :)
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« Reply #52 on: August 26, 2012, 08:48:34 »
Lovely pics of the Foot walk numanfan :)

I must admit, I haven't been on the Foot Walk for a while. I usually go past or below it...

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« Reply #51 on: August 25, 2012, 23:48:44 »
Lovely pictures Numanfan. Have you seen 'Ironclad'? That tells a dramatised story about the great seige. I thought it was a good movie, though it did take some liberties with the facts.

Thanks. Yes, I quite enjoyed the movie - although it was very graphically violent and as you say, not entirely accurate with the facts.
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #50 on: August 25, 2012, 23:34:38 »
Lovely pictures Numanfan. Have you seen 'Ironclad'? That tells a dramatised story about the great seige. I thought it was a good movie, though it did take some liberties with the facts.
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