Rochester Castle stands on the east bank of the River Medway in
Rochester, Kent, South East England. The 12th-century keep or stone
tower, which is the castle's most prominent feature, is one of the best
preserved in England or France. Located along the River Medway and
Watling Street, Rochester was a strategically important royal castle.
The first castle at Rochester was founded in the aftermath of the Norman
Conquest. During the Rebellion of 1088, the castle first saw military
action; the city and castle were besieged after Bishop Odo made
Rochester a headquarters for the rebellion. After the garrison
capitulated, this first castle was abandoned. It saw further action
during the First Barons' War (1215–1217), the Second Barons' War
(1264–1267), and the Peasants' Revolt (1381). The castle was opened to
the public in the 1870s as a park. At various points during the 19th and
20th centuries repairs were carried out. The castle is protected as a
Grade I listed building and Scheduled Monument. Today the ruins are in
the guardianship of English Heritage and open to the public.
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