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Offline Merv

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #79 on: December 10, 2013, 02:35:42 »
I recall one of the biggest events in the 1960's at the Castle were the Fetes, with a local band and firework display finally.
But damned if I can find reference or photos anywhere.
I am sure Guy Fawkes night was also covered there annually.
 

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #78 on: May 07, 2013, 13:45:52 »
AlanH, that's Dick/Nick, yes indeed, the altercation at Strood was over a card game at the fair ground in Station Road, someone lost a lot of money and refused to pay.  It appears the argument got quite heated, our lad got upset and proceeded to do a demolition job on the other participants. However he always treated my family and I very well, a very generous man, especially in the Bridge Wardens. At least you knew if Dick was in there would be no trouble.



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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #77 on: May 07, 2013, 10:04:03 »
I think he's the same bloke I knew Signals but could have sworn we called him Dick the Pole not Nick! Never mind, he was a good all round bloke.
I didn't know he'd been inside but knew he'd been a pro boxer and so did the pugs at the fete in the castle grounds and they weren't game to take him on.
If it is the same bloke he was a painter by trade and when he came home from work used to go in the Star Inn at Star Hill after getting off the train before coming up to the Bridge Wardens to finish off the evenings drinking.
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #76 on: May 06, 2013, 12:45:24 »
Maybe I won't get away with posting this, not a lot to do with Rochester Castle, but I do think it may interest the boys and girls of the forum. My brother in law, Riezard Romanowsky, Nick for short, came to the UK at the end of WW2. He was fourteen years old,  he had seen the Germans occupy his country and took part in the Warsaw uprising. He walked across Europe and somehow reached England.
He became a professional fighter, I don't say boxer as many of his fights were illegal bare knuckle fights. He spent some time as a guest of Her Majesty (the result of a bare knuckle fight at Strood fair) I was told. I can't confirm a lot of this, but he was not the sort of man to lie.
He had a daughter Helaina and a son, I believe his name was Stephen or Stefan.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #75 on: May 06, 2013, 09:52:49 »
Hi Signals99.
Must be the same Dick, lived nearly opposite Binnacle Road junction with the Tideway. I never knew his real first name and as most Polish family names are virtually unpronouncable never ever knew that either. He was a good bloke and loved his beer.
So did I ...... and still do. :)
Sorry to hear he's gone but I suppose at the time I spoke about he would have been around 40 anyway so it's understandable.
Good times had then but aren't they always when you're young and fit and up for a laugh at any time.
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #74 on: May 05, 2013, 17:58:13 »
Hi Alan H,
Reference the Polish gent who used the Bridge Wardens. My brother in law, Richard Romanowsky, lived on the Tideway, he practically lived in the Bridge Wardens, his wife's name was Valery.
He was usually known as Nick, may be the same person. Sorry to say both now long gone.


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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #73 on: May 05, 2013, 11:40:36 »
I remember going to the castle fete during my teens. From memory, groups in fancy dress etc., used to start from the Vines and go through to the castle grounds where there were various stalls and activities going on including a boxing rink.
An ex pro boxer mate (Dick the Pole, anyone else remember Dick?) from the Bridge Wardens conned/tricked/duped me into challenging one of the old pugs for a fiver. This bloke slipped over, it certainly wasn't me hitting him as I was only good at back pedalling, I offered to help him up and he got a bit aggressive.....and then suddenly Dick was shouting...."Alan, I am coming" and in the ring he came and all the ex pugs were falling over trying to get out of the ring!
It was so funny but I ended up fleeing as they decided I was the one they could belt and get away with it.
Happy days and not the first time or the last my long legs got me out of trouble. :)
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #72 on: May 04, 2013, 20:38:40 »
Back when we changed into decimal coinage, the castle had a fete that year and I went in the fancy dress competition as the new coinage with a big 50p on my front and back and a crown with the other coins on them. I didn't win; a spaceman did, but the judge did say I was very in vogue. By the way, my mum made me do it  :)
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #71 on: May 03, 2013, 00:29:50 »
Long before the Sweeps festival, The Carnivals, there was a yearly Fete.
It ended with a local Group doing a set on stage followed by fireworks.
Try as hard as I might I can find no photos of it, yet it was the biggest event in Rochester during the mid sixties.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #70 on: April 23, 2013, 09:18:09 »
I suppose we should be thankful for small mercies then that it didn't happen... or someone might have pulled it down or turned it into flats,

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #69 on: April 22, 2013, 10:17:21 »
In the period of 1779/80 when Debbieg was working on the Chatham defences there was a plan to purchase Rochester Castle and turn it into a fortified barracks. There is one mention about this that I have found in the RE Letter Books in which Debbieg writes to the BO Solicitor Lough Carlton on 9 May 1780 in which he states "Mr Child has agreed to sell Rochester Castle to the Crown". This was one plan that did not proceed.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #68 on: April 22, 2013, 08:58:48 »
I agree.. a great picture, must be a good lens. Was the castle ever used as a fortified place? in the last 200 years that is...

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #67 on: April 22, 2013, 08:16:11 »
Great photo :)
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #66 on: April 22, 2013, 01:29:32 »
Rochester Castle & Cathedral viewed from Fort Amherst.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #65 on: April 14, 2013, 08:07:06 »
Sadly I remember this incident quite well (I think). I believe that it was a lad called Chalky White who was a friend of my brother in law. As I recall the incident, he was walking across the "chicken wire" which closed the open top of the Castle to birds. 

 

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