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Welcome to the Yourcounty Rochester Castle page. It's one of the many historical attractions in the Medway Towns. We welcome your comments if you've visited this castle or have some thoughts about local places of interest in general. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page. For more suggestions of places to visit in and around the area check out our Discover Kent page. This castle is really just a shell of the original but it's historical significance is undiminished by the ravages of time.
The castle in Rochester is regarded by some experts to be one of the finest remaining examples of Norman architecture in the country. The original castle dates from the 1120’s and was built in its commanding position overlooking the river Medway. The building was given by King Henry I to the Bishops' of Canterbury. The imposing keep was constructed by William de Corbeil.
In 1215 the Rochester Castle was put to a siege by King John after rebel barons used it as their base. The siege lasted some weeks and part of one of the towers collapsed as a result of tunneling. The tower was rebuilt, but as a round tower rather than the original square shape and this gives the building castle an odd but very distinct appearance.
The Castle was nearly demolished in the eighteenth century but remained and was restored in the nineteenth century although it now just a shell. The castle stands about 100 feet tall and was originally built on four floors.
Our Rochester Castle content is checked regularly but if you find ant error or omission let us know.This page is under constant improvement. We welcome feedback, If you'd like to recommend an attraction drop us a line with 'Discover Kent' in the email title.
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