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Logger above, gps below

We picked up the javelin train at St. Pancras and enjoyed a smooth ride to Rochester.   It was a grey day

Rochester Cathedral from the Station

We had a good cup of coffee and enjoyed some paper art

Front and back

Shoes and shadows

Wedding dress

Colours produced from the lightshades

Floral guts

Cloud effect

War memorial and cathedral

People associated with Rochester.   This does not enlarge

The High Street was full of individual shops

The deaf cat

Steiff shop

King's Head

Rochester Castle

Catalpa bignonioides - Indian Bean Tree

Rochester Cathedral West Front

Bulgy wall below the window

Satis House

Solanum crispum album



Funfair for Christmas

Dragons holding beer bottles

We walked around the inside of the castle.   The stone used in the building was Kentish Ragstone

Model of the castle


Funfair and bridge

Submarine U-475 - Black Widow

A Soviet Navy submarine of the Cold war period.   She had a total length of 67.10 m (220 ft 2 in), a pressure hull length of 50.50 m (165 ft 8 in), a beam of 6.20 m (20 ft 4 in), a height of 9.60 m (31 ft 6 in)

It is now in private hands. It is currently moored at Strood, on the River Medway, in South-East England.

Rochester Cathedral

This was the site of the last “Justice Tree” in the county of Kent – the ‘justice’ being meted out by the Court Leet – and consisting in the most serious cases of hanging on the gallows or Justice Tree (Also known as the ‘Grief Tree’, the ‘Gallows Tree’, the ‘Justice Tree’ or simply ‘The Tree’.) On the 3rd February 1820 the last public hanging took place in Rochester – that of a busking bagpipe player Duncan Livingstone who murdered his 10yr old assistant. His body is interred under the castle walls.

Poppy display

Ancient wall painting

Towards the main door


Bell from the 9th and 10th Cruisers called HMS Kent

Carved door

In 1901, the ninth HMS Kent was built at Portsmouth as a heavily armed first-class cruiser. At the outbreak of World War I she sailed for the South Atlantic and joined Vice Admiral Sir Doveton Sturdee’s squadron seeking to destroy a German squadron under Admiral Graf Von Spee. For seven hours she chased the German cruiser Nürnberg before sinking her.

The tenth HMS Kent, one of the first County class cruisers, was built in Chatham Dockyard and launched in 1926. For eleven years she was flagship of the China Fleet, a prestigious symbol of Britannia ruling the waves during the last years of the British Empire. After returning to Chatham, she sailed in 1940 to escort convoys in the Indian Ocean before transferring to the Mediterranean. Operating off the North African coast she received a direct hit from a torpedo dropped from an Italian bomber. Eventually she returned to Devonport but whilst being refitted was damaged by a bomb dropped on the dockyard. Repairs were finally completed and she took part in the notorious Arctic convoys to Russia seeing active service off Norway in 1944. Her distinguished career came to an end when she was broken up in 1948.

We had a late lunch at a very crowded Wetherspoons

Charles Dickens

Not Charles Dickens

Virginia creeper

Restoration House in Rochester, Medway, South East England, is a fine example of an Elizabethan mansion. It is so named after the visit of King Charles II on the eve of his restoration. Charles had landed in Dover on 25 May 1660 and by the evening of the 28th arrived in Rochester.


Old oak gate post


Famous Great White Clock of Dickens Dinglebury Arms

Guildhall museum



Traction engine

Rochester Castle

William III

Fishing boats

Life below decks

Bridge over the Medway

We had a trouble free journey home.   It had been a grey day, but enjoyable