Castles and Fortifications of England and Wales

ROCHESTER CASTLE


ROCHESTER CASTLE
Photo Andrew Tivenan

It was built in 1080 on the site of a Roman camp which had been enlarged into a Saxon castle. The Norman keep added in 1130 is the tallest in England at over 100 feet high and has 12 feet thick walls. The castle was neglected and damaged after 3 sieges in the 13th century and the removal of some stone but it was repaired in 1370-80. It was allowed to decay after the 15th century until 1883 when it was opened to the public.

Managed by English Heritage, open all year.


Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan
Photo Charles Taylor Photo Charles Taylor Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan
Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan Photo Andrew Tivenan

A stone city wall was built to protect Rochester and the crossing at the River Medway by the Roman army in the 3rd century. It was rebuilt in the late 14th century and part of the southern and eastern walls along with a corner bastion still stand.

City wall and bastion photo Charles Taylor City wall and bastion photo Charles Taylor City wall  photo Charles Taylor City wall  photo Charles Taylor

Aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis Aerial photo ©Paul R. Davis

 

Directions
By Rochester Bridge on the River Medway.
Castle Hill, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SW

 



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