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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #34 on: January 13, 2012, 09:03:25 »
Is that the remains of the monument in the second 1948 picture, a stumpy looking thing?

And my question is - is there still a monument to the pigs?

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #33 on: January 12, 2012, 11:39:25 »
The monument was for Queen Victoria's jubilee in 1887,  The memorial was sited near the top of the steps from the Esplanade. It was a very ornate memorial though sadly it was made of very soft stone which succumbed rapidly to erosian by rain, frost. etc. By the Second World War very little remained of it. The last time I have heard of it being seen was in the 1950s , so after slowly crumbling away it must of been removed .
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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2012, 10:16:57 »


Postcard dated 1918.  The sender writes that she saw some men swimming in the Medway!
Anyone know what happened to the monument on the left?

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #31 on: November 29, 2011, 21:35:10 »
hi ann,thats very interesting,thankyou for that.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #30 on: November 27, 2011, 18:36:47 »
Taken from History of County of Kent by WH Ireland 1830

In 1225 the great ditch about this city is reported to have been begun, and in 1284 Solomon de Roffa had the king’s licence to build about and on the walls of Rochester, and to hold the buildings for free.
The city has no gates at present but the names of several are on record, viz. Broadgate afterwards called Eastgate, which stood in the high street, a great part having remained in the reign  of Henry VIII when Leland wrote, by whom it  is styled a marvellous strong gate, who adds that no more gates appeared than were commonly used.  Southgate was near Bully hill, on the road to St Margaret’s, the arch of which was taken down in 1770. there was another gate as appears by the Registrum Roffense, called Childegate which seems to have been in the north wall of the city, lading to the marshes, that part of the wall being called from it Childegate wall, and the lane in which it stood, opposite the college gate, Chidegate lane.  In the Textus Roffenis there is also mention made of a gate beyond the bridge.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #29 on: March 01, 2011, 18:12:52 »
I really liked my day in Rochester  :)

The top of the tower was the best bit of the castle.

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #28 on: February 25, 2011, 20:42:09 »
This is how Rochester Castle was rebuilt down here in llanharran South Wales for the film Ironclad

http://ironcladfilm.blogspot.com/
  Wonder how it will match up with the real thing

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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2011, 20:08:58 »
Some photos after a visit yesterday with my son  :)



















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Re: Rochester Castle
« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2011, 19:03:58 »
There are some great old pictures of Rochester Castle from the 1860s in the Royal Engineers' Library.

Photograph reproduced by permission of the Royal Engineers Museum http://www.re-museum.co.uk


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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.

http://www.historickent.com/bygone.html
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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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