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seafordpete

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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 wasn`t dreaming), always finished with one of the top local bands playing also.

seafordpete

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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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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2009, 20:32:59 »
A full-dress rehearsal of the Rochester Historical Pageant,June 19, 1931.
The photograph shows the presentation of an episode depicting Queen Elizabeth's visit to Rochester in 1573.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #9 on: July 16, 2009, 20:47:19 »
Friday, November 24th, 1871.

Some charges of gunpowder having been used yesterday against the obstinate Norman wall of Rochester castle,which the Royal Engineers are perforating a new entrance. Some interesting results have been obtained, showing the relative powers of gun-cotton and gunpowder in doing such work. One charge yesterday of 2lb of gunpowder dislodged a large mass of the wall,sending a shower of fragments a long distance,some into the Medway,and making a large cavity in the wall. The powder, allowing for the calculated relative strengths of the two explosive agents (more powder than gun-cotton being used), appeared to be the more destructive. But,besides blowing down so much of the wall, the powder loosened much more of the surrounding parts than the charges of gun-cotton did. This proves the advantage of the gun-cotton being used where masonry is to be destroyed but surrounding masonry is to be preserved, as will be the case at Rochester, as the upper part of the bastion wall over the archway to be constructed is to remain, and gun-cotton will be used at that part. A large quantity of the wall on both faces has now been blown out.


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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2009, 19:54:47 »
Friday, 17 November, 1871

The mining operations on the North West bastion of Rochester castle, where a new entrance is being made into the castle gardens from the Esplanade, were succesfully continued yesterday by the Royal Engineers. Under Captain Merriman and Lieutenant Johnson, charges having been fired on the outer face which tore out considerable portions of the hard stone and stone-like mortar. Though the charges were purposely small eight onces each of gun-cotton, showers and large fragments of stone were hurled some distance, and one, rebounding, split a balustrade on the river front of the Esplanade. It was necessary to keep the spectators at a good distance.

From The Times.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2009, 16:27:22 »
Found this snippet of info about the Castle.

Walker Weldon,whose family received the estate from James I,began to dismantle the Keep,selling it's timbers to the builders of the Brewhouse and it's stone to a firm of Masons.
In 1738 all that remained was offered to a local paviour.
The estate then passed to the family of the Earls of Jersey from whom the Rochester Corporation took a lease in 1870,buying the Freehold fourteen years later.


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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2009, 17:24:28 »
Here's a photo i took on Rochester Bridge the other day  :)





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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2008, 22:38:18 »
There was originally a shaft in the Northwest Bastion where the 1872 entrance from the Esplanade was cut.
The shaft was either for lifting supplies from the river or a Garderobe. (toilet shoot)
It was rediscovered again in 1956 when repair work was carried out.

 

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