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Campanula 1
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Daffodil Heads
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Fuchsia 1
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Tulip Heads 1
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Water:
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Rivers 1
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Rivers 3
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Weirs/Waterfalls

The town's main attractions are Rochester Castle, Chatham Historic Dockyard and the Charles Dickens themed High Street www.cometorochester.co.uk

Rochester Castle and riverside walk
3 photos joined, looking towards Rochester Bridge

Rochester Bridge
The first cast-iron bridge was opened in 1856, which was replaced 1910-14 with the present structure, known as the Old Bridge. Over the bridge to the left is Strood, and to the right begins Rochester High Street. History of the bridge at www.rbt.org.uk Rochester Bridge Trust.

Rochester Bridge heading towards Strood
Rochester Bridge looking northwards, crest and beasts detailed in photos below

Rochester Bridge crest

Rochester Bridge beastie  Rochester Bridge lion
Rochester Bridge: Ready to deal severely with bad drivers, troublemakers or litter louts.

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River Medway boats
River Medway

River Medway boats at low tide

Daffodils on The Esplanade verge
The Esplanade verge

Daffodils on The Esplanade green Valerian flowers in riverside wall
Daffodils in spring and bedding in summer make The Esplanade green a very pleasant open space. The red in the distance is a small fenced children's playground nearer the river wall. Valerian plants decorating the walls where the municipal gardeners cannot reach!

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Rock on The Esplanade verge 1  Rock on The Esplanade verge 2  Rock on The Esplanade verge 3
Rocks on The Esplanade south verge. They have a smooth appearance similar to the sandstone rocks found at Toad Rock in Tonbridge.

The Esplanade verge with rocks
This picture shows the location of the rocks, amongst the emerging daffodils on the south verge of The Esplanade, next to some rough ground used as a small car park.

Rochester Castle seen from The Esplanade green
Rochester Castle seen from The Esplanade green
www.castles-abbeys.co.uk/Rochester-Castle.html

Ornate stone arch leading to castle Steps into Rochester Castle bailey
Through the ornate arch and up the steps into the castle bailey

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Arch gate ironwork  Arch gate ironwork
Ironwork gates to the arch in picture above. The date in the second picture is MDCCCLXXII = 1872, which is when the castle gardens were opened to the public.

Rochester Castle bailey
There is an admission fee for the castle itself. The castle is an empty shell and derelict inside, but you can go to the top for the view.

Rochester Castle from side street
Back/rear view showing the only round tower. In 1215 the castle was seized by rebel barons against King John and during the siege the south-east tower was undermined and collapsed. After two months the rebels were starved out and surrendered. In the latter years of that century it was rebuilt in a rounded shape to better withstand attack by missiles and undermining.

Upwards view of Rochester Castle
Besiegers' view of the castle.

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Rochester Castle rear
Rear view

Rochester castle rear green
Rear view

Curtain wall arrowslit
Arrowslit in curtain wall overlooking the river

Rochester Cathedral
Rochester
Rochester Cathedral is situated immediately to the rear of the castle and is England's second oldest. It was founded in 604 and the present building dates from 1080. The tree in front is a very old catalpa (Indian bean tree) with branches supported on props. www.rochestercathedral.org

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Jetty on River Medway

Jetty floating walkway and view of Strood
Looking towards Strood. The mooring floats with the tide and is part of the jetty shown above

Lamp decoration  Riverside balustrade lamp  Lamp decoration
Lamp on the riverside balustrade (as seen in photo below), with close-ups of the decoration

Sunset over River Medway
River Medway from Rochester Bridge

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