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Rochester Castle

Brief History of Rochester Castle

  • 1088: Nobles support Duke Robert, brother of William Rufus; castle under siege
  • 1089: Castle rebuilt for victorious William Rufus - one of first castles fortified in stone
  • 1127: Great Tower added under Henry I; castle granted to Archbishop of Canterbury
  • 1215: King John tries to supplant Archbishop Stephen Langton with the Sheriff of Kent
  • 1216: Castle captured by Prince Louis of France; John dies 1217; castle to Henry III (age 9)
  • 1223: Castle walls repaired; new chapel and chamber constructed in December
  • 1264: Under siege during the Barons' War; attacked by Gilbert de Clare
  • 1281: Not repaired since '64, Constable permitted to demolish hall and chambers
  • 1367: Edward III pays £2262 to repair Rochester! Richard II continues work
  • 1780: Almost turned into barracks; 1870 becomes pleasure-garden; 1965 state-owned

Visitor Information Summary

  • Run by English Heritage
  • Rochester Guildhall Museum near castle
  • No parking on site
  • Sat Nav ME1 1SW