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Rochester Castle

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom.

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The castle at Rochester was constructed at the time of the Norman Conquest, built for King William Rufus in 1087, ideally placed for the odd raid on London. The impressive fortifications and keep are in classic Norman style, given an extra bit of bite during the 13th century. Surviving a succession of historical sieges (including during the English Civil War), its heyday came in the 1400s, though the Victorians did try to convert it into a pleasure garden. Now under the care of English Heritage, it remains an impressive sight.

Written by  matt_b.

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