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by Peter Kessler, 1 August 2012

Rochester Castle is strategically placed on the London Road, the route from Canterbury and Dover to the capital, and it overlooks the right bank of the River Medway, commanding a wide view of the surrounding country. Almost as soon as they had landed, the invading Romans established a military presence at Rochester in AD 43, but it was the Normans who were responsible for the castle, building it within the Roman city walls. Today it is in ruins, but much of the structure has been preserved, along with the outer walls, and it still forms a major structure in Rochester.

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Online Sources

English Heritage: Rochester Castle

Rochester Castle - Michael W Cook

The 1911 Classic Encyclopaedia



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