Monday, 11 October 2010
Rochester Castle and the Wedding......
.....of Nigels first Cousin, Charles and his new wife Louise and photos taken by me at the castle yesterday on the 10/10/10 on such a wonderful sunny day.
A little about the Castle for who is interested!
In the early 13th century, Rochester Castle was besieged by King John, causing such damage to the south corner of the keep that it subsequently collapsed. Shortly afterwards, Rochester Castle was given the status of a major royal stronghold, and the shattered corner of the keep was reconstructed in a cylindrical style, and further protected by the addition of a drum tower. Further destruction was suffered in 1264, but repairs were not carried out for more than 100 years. During this time of neglect, coupled with being subjected to the elements, Rochester Castle began to deteriorate into ruins. However, Edward III undertook a major rebuilding and restoration programme and by 1400 Rochester Castle was, once again, a viable fortress.