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Date: 19th April 2012


Decided to pay a visit to Rochester Castle – really only a Keep – and the Cathedral.

It was very interesting to compare the Rochester Keep with that at Dover. Dover Keep had a 2 million pound makeover a couple of years ago which brought it back to the relative splendour it enjoyed in the 12th Century. It has been restored in a very sympathetic way and each room has been dressed with the furnishings as they would have been in the time of Henry II.

Rochester Tower/Keep was built around 1127 by William of Corbell, Archbishop of Canterbury with the encouragement of Henry 1. (Henry II had Dover Castle/Keep built around 1167).

The Keep is a ruin but you can clamber up and down the uneven staircase and get right up to the top battlements. It is very interesting to see all the apertures where the floors would have been attached and to be able to compare and contrast it to the rebuilt Keep at Dover.

Sadly my camera was in for a repair and I only had my mobile phone with me. I so rarely use it – not only for calls but also for photography- that I shall have to ask my friend Paul how to extricate the photos and get them onto my computer. Actually, even with my lovely camera, I doubt I’d have got very good photos as it was an incredibly dull and grey day which did not show up the stonework to its best advantage.

However, a really worthwhile visit and great to be able to look at the surrounding countryside and the Cathedral from the top of the Keep.

Was a bit concerned – they had netting strung across the top of the ruins to keep out the pigeons. However, some had managed to get in and I envisaged a slow death for them as there was no means of them being able to get any food. In fact one lay dead in the basement – starvation is not a nice death for any living creature.

Photo of Castle/Keep -not up to usual standard as taken on my mobile. Camera was in for repair.



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