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Rochester is an ancient town on the banks of the River Medway, south east of London. It was the second bishopric established in England after Canterbury. It lies on the route laid down by the Ancient Romans which is known as Watling Street from London to the English Channel ports. Building of the cathedral was commenced in 604 AD. It contains many tombs including that of Bishop Merton, founder of the Oxford college in 1264.

The castle keep is the highest in England. The castle was designed by Bishop Gundulf, who also designed the White Tower, the central keep in the Tower of London. Rochester's keep is the third largest in England after London and Dover. A statue of Gundulf is on the rood screen immediately to the right of the door from the nave to the chancel of Rochester cathedral.

The massive tree just ouside of the West door of the cathedral is rare in England. It is an American Bean Tree and is reputed to be over 100 years old.

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Links to other castles

Castles in England Canterbury, Deal, Thetford
Castles elsewhere Angers, Chateau Azay le Rideau, Carcassonne

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