Rochester Kent
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  • Rochester

    The Romans founded Rochester where Watling Street, their great road from the Channel ports to London, bridged the tidal River Medway. Historically the road has brought travellers to the city, including medieval Canterbury pilgrims and stagecoach passengers.
  • Rochester Castle

    Rochester Castle- spending most of his childhood in Rochester, Dickens would have known the
    familiar sight of the Castle very well. Set as the backdrop to many of the scenes in his stories, this
    amazing medieval castle has experienced untold horrors and also features in the new film Ironclad
    (2011). Climb this Norman keep for bird’s eye views of Cloisterham (Edwin Drood) and Pip’s hometown spread out below. It is said that Dickens’ ghost haunts the grassy castle moat – a church graveyard in his time – because he wanted to be buried here but was honoured at Westminster Abbey instead.
  • Rochester Cathedral

    Rochester Cathedral is England’s second oldest, having been founded in 604 AD by Bishop Justus, and originally dedicated to St. Andrew.
    The Saxon cathedral was built on land donated by King Ethelbert, King of Kent at that time. The Saxon historian Bede tells us that Justus, first Bishop of Rochester, was consecrated here by St Augustine.
    The present building dates back to the work of the French monk and first Norman Bishop of Rochester, Gundulf, started in about 1080. The Benedictine Priory of St Andrew was also established by Gundulf and remained until the dissolution of the monastery in 1540.
  • Restoration House

    A unique mansion house in historic Rochester. The house takes its name from the fact that Charles II stayed here on the eve of his restoration to the crown of England following the short-lived Commonwealth. Charles Dickens used Restoration House as the model for Satis House, the home of Satis House of Miss Havisham in his novel 'Great Expectations'.
    17-19 Crow Lane, Rochester, Kent, England, ME1 1RF

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