Norman connections

The great keep of Rochester Castle towers over the River Medway. By its side, an inseparable twin, the magnificent cathedral shares and dominates the skyline.

Rochester Castle is known as one of the best preserved and finest examples of Norman architecture in England. With its great keep, square and massive and the tallest in the country, it measures 113 feet high, 70 feet square and with walls 12 foot thick in places.

Rochester Cathedral is the second oldest in England and has been a regular place of pilgrimage for historians and worshippers since it was founded in 604AD.

The cathedral was rebuilt in 1080 by Bishop Gundulf and consecrated in 1130. Little of it remains unaltered today, other than in the nave arcading and the western part of the cyrpt; the remainder is softer, Gothic in style, blending seamlessly with Gundulf's Norman original.

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