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E.H. Couchman collection of postcards, photographs, ephemera and manuscripts pertaining to the history of the Medway Towns (Rochester, Strood, Chatham and Brompton (later Gillingham)) and Gillingham, Rainham, Gravesend, Dickens’ Country, the Lower Medway Valley and the Hoo Peninsula 1680-1993 [1994].

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Rochester volume 7: Rochester Castle Part I (topographical and architectural).

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of Rochester Castle keep in right middle ground and Rochester Cathedral in left distance, looking from north-west, showing two onlookers with backs to artist in foreground, rough ground between artist and keep and wooden fence leading from keep towards castle curtain wall in middle distance. Publication from which removed not stated. Engraved by Metcalf. c.1760 p.1 (U)

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of Rochester Castle curtain wall and keep viewed from Strood Intra, looking across River Medway, showing rowing boat on river in foreground and Rochester Cathedral in distance. From Gentleman’s Magazine December 1772. p.1 (L)

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle in Kent Plate II; published according to Act of Parliament by Alexander Hogg, no.16 Paternoster Row[London], comprising view of castle bailey or grounds looking south from Castle Hill, showing keep in left middle ground, curtain wall in left and right middle distance, roof of Satis House in distance and group of agricultural labourers, child, dog and cattle in foreground. Engraved by M. Coote. Possibly removed from New British Traveller; or, a Complete Modern Universal Display of Great-Britain and Ireland (London 1784) or Antiquities of England and Wales c.1786 [?] p.2

Printed plan of Rochester Castle showing Boley Hill, keep, curtain wall and towers and putative site of barbican. c.1900 Source not stated. p.3 (U)

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle, Kent Plate 2 comprising view of castle bailey or grounds looking south from Castle Hill, showing keep in left middle ground, curtain wall in left and right middle distance, roof of Satis House in distance two onlookers, backs to artist, in foreground. Drawn by Godfrey and published by S. Hooper 25 August 1784. p.3 (L)

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle, Kent Plate 1 comprising view of Rochester Castle curtain wall and keep viewed from Strood Intra, looking across River Medway, showing buildings at junction of West Gate and High Street, Rochester in left distance, Rochester Bridge in left middle ground, Rochester Cathedral in distance, Satis House and Ladbury’s Cottage in right distance and rowing boats, one laden with cargo, on river in foreground. Published by S. Hooper 25 August 1784. p.4

Print from engraving entitled Rochester: Henry IV Part I Act II Scene I comprising view of Rochester Castle looking north-east from the cricket ground, showing buildings at junction of West Gate and High Street, Rochester in left distance, curtain wall in middle ground and castle keep, exaggerated representation of Quaker houses in Boley Hill and spire of Rochester Cathedral in distance and Ladbury’s Quay and Cottage, grounded boats and foreshore of River Medway in foreground. Drawn by F. Grosse esq., engraved by Birrell and published by E. Harding, 132 Fleet Street, London, 1 June 1790. p.5

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle, Kent comprising view looking south-west from Castle Ditch, showing yard, wagons and outbuildings in foreground, castle curtain wall and mural towers in middle ground and castle keep in distance. Drawn by S. Prout, engraved by S. Greig and published by W. Clarke, New Bond Street and J. Carpenter, Old Bond Street, for Antiquarian and Topographical Cabinet 1 January 1811. p.6 (U)

Print from engraving entitled sally-port in the north-west angle of Rochester Castle, Kent comprising view looking south-east from point near junction of Castle Hill and West Gate, showing north-west bastion of castle curtain wall in middle ground, remains of water tower in foreground and steps to castle bailey or grounds in left middle ground, with two miniaturised onlookers in right foreground. Drawn by T. Fisher, engraved by S. Rawle and published by I. Asperne, 32 Cornhill, London 1 April 1811. p.6 (L)

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle comprising view looking from Strood Intra across River Medway towards Rochester Castle, showing left to right, Rochester Cathedral central tower, castle grounds and curtain wall and castle keep, group of three people on opposite foreshore of River Medway in middle distance, river in middle ground and quay, barge and barge handlers in foreground. Drawn by J. Loch, engraved by Hay and published by John Harris, St. Paul’s Church Yard, London, for The Beauties of England and Wales 1 March 1819. p.7

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle, Kent comprising view of Rochester Castle looking south-east from Rochester Bridge, showing left to right, north-west bastion, castle curtain wall, castle keep, gazebos, in middle ground river foreshore and Ladbury’s Quay and Cottage, Medway valley in right distance and in foreground sailing boat in River Medway. Drawn by H. Gastineau, engraved by J. Greig and published Longman and Co., Paternoster Row, London for Excursions through Kent 1 July 1820. p.8 (U)

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle from the bridge comprising view of Rochester Castle keep and north-west bastion, curtain wall, promontory and River Medway foreshore, showing gazebo on promontory, three sailing boats and attendants on shoreline and Ladbury’s Cottage in right distance. Drawn by W. Westall ARA, engraved by James Fife and published by Charles Tilt, 86 Fleet Street, London 1829. p.8 (L)

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle, Kent comprising semi-rural scene above River Medway and south of Rochester Castle, showing in distance, left to right, windmills on Frindsbury Hill, houses and warehouses in Strood Intra and Frindsbury Intra, Rochester Bridge, river and castle keep, trees in middle ground and women agricultural workers milking cows, wooden fence and style in foreground. Drawn and engraved by C. Marshall and W. Henshall. c.1800 p.9

Tinted print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle, Kent comprising semi-rural scene above River Medway and south of Rochester Castle, showing in distance, left to right, windmills on Frindsbury Hill, houses and warehouses in Strood Intra and Frindsbury Intra, Rochester Bridge, river and castle keep, trees in middle ground and women agricultural workers milking cows, wooden fence and style in foreground. Drawn and engraved by C. Marshall and W. Henshall. From same engraving as p.10 above. Couchman’s accompanying notes suggest 1829 as date of publication. p.10

Print from engraving entitled west view of the City of Rochester and to Ralph Bernal esq., MP for Rochester, an admirer and patron of embellished literature and the fine arts, this plate is inscribed by the editor comprising view of Rochester looking from Strood Intra, showing in middle distance and distance from left to right Rochester Bridge, buildings at junction of West Gate and High Street, Rochester, castle curtain wall, Rochester Cathedral, castle keep and Satis House, and in middle ground and foreground on River Medway and on Strood foreshore, flat-fishermen and oyster dredgermen and sailing boats of the Rochester Oyster and Floating Fishery. Fires are burning on the opposite bank of the river. Drawn by G.F. Robson, engraved by W. Smith and published by J. Britton, Burton Street, London 1 November 1826. p.11

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of Rochester looking from Strood Intra, showing in middle distance and distance from left to right Rochester Cathedral, castle curtain wall, castle keep and part of Satis House, in middle distance Rochester foreshore of River Medway, Rochester Bathing Establishment and boat builder’s yard, rowing boats on the river and in left foreground Dredging Boat Inn, Strood Intra. Drawn by G.F. Sargent and engraved by H. Adlard. Plate 28, unstated publication. c.1836 p.12

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle from the river comprising view of Rochester looking from Strood Intra or point aboard vessel in River Medway, showing in distance Rochester Cathedral, castle curtain wall and castle keep and in middle distance Rochester Bathing Establishment. c.1840 p.13 (U)

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle: the keep with its entrance tower comprising view of keep looking from north-west, showing sight-seers entering keep, fore-building and trees and bushes in foreground. c.1850 p.13 (L)

Copy of photograph of Rochester looking from Strood Intra, showing from left to right castle curtain wall, Rochester Cathedral, gazebos above castle curtain wall, castle keep, Rochester Bathing Establishment and Satis House. From an original at the Guildhall Museum, High Street, Rochester. c.1850 x c.1856 p.14

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle and the new public gardens comprising view looking south across castle gardens towards keep, showing crowds gathering around bandstand in right middle ground and banner flying from north-west corner tower of keep, on occasion of opening of castle gardens to public on 3 July 1872. From Supplement to Illustrated London News 13 July 1872 p.41. p.15

Photocopy of printed drawing or engraving from unstated publication depicting scene on occasion of ceremony and announcement by alderman J.G. Naylor, mayor of Rochester, of Rochester City Council’s purchase of Rochester Castle, 24 October 1883, comprising scene of members and officers of the corporation standing in bandstand in castle gardens in middle ground with crowd of onlookers and police constables in foreground, middle ground and distance, umbrellas in use. Original 1883. p.16 (U)

Photocopy of printed drawing or engraving from unstated publication depicting scene on occasion of municipal procession through Rochester High Street following dedication ceremony for the purchase of Rochester Castle by Rochester City Council [24 October 1883?], showing column of mace bearers, members and of officers of the corporation headed by police constables bearing tipstaves, heading towards artist, with Guildhall and range of buildings on north side of High Street between Guildhall and Bridge House in background and crowds of onlookers on both sides of High Street. Entitled the procession passing the Guildhall after the dedication cermony. Original 27 October 1883 [?]. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to reproduction of same or similar illustrations in newspapers in 1883 and 1920. p.16 (L)

Photograph of Rochester Castle gardens and keep looking along south along the long walk towards the keep in right distance and showing Rochester Cathedral in left distance, bushes and trees lining walk and gardener’s wheelbarrow in left foreground. 3 ½” x 2” (87mm x 42mm) Before November 1897. p.17 (U)

Photograph of Quaker houses, castle ditch, rear of King’s Head public hotel and St. Nicholas’ burial ground, viewed from tower of St. Nicholas’ Church, also showing Rochester Castle curtain wall and keep in background. 2 ½” x 2 ¼” (73mm x 56mm) c.1861 p.17 (M)

Photograph of Rochester Castle keep looking south along long walk, showing shrubs and trees either side of walk. 3 ¼” x 2” (85mm x 55mm) (Before November 1897 p.17 (L)

Print from engraving or pen and ink drawing entitled Rochester Castle and grounds as a public park probably cut from Illustrated London News, comprising view of castle grounds and keep looking south-east at angle across long walk, showing bandstand in right middle ground, strollers, children playing football, benches and trees. Drawn by F. Watkins. [1897] p.18

Cutting from a London periodical comprising reproduction of photograph captioned the keep, Rochester Castle comprising view of keep looking south along long walk, showing benches, bushes and trees alongside walk and part of bandstand in right foreground. Photographer: Meisenbach. Before 1897. p.19

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle and long walk comprising view of castle keep looking south along long walk (lined with benches), showing Rochester Cathedral in left distance and benches, trees, bushes and seated visitors to castle grounds, one possibly a nanny with twin babies in her lap. On rear, message from Auntie to Master Cyril Martin, 15 Crab Tree Lane, Fulham, London SW. Postmarked Lincolnshire 8 April 1905. Published by Frith. Exposed before November 1897. p.20 (U)

Reproduction of photograph of Rochester Castle keep and castle gardens looking south along long walk, showing trees, bushes and benches either side of walk and bandstand in right middle ground. The walls of the keep are partly covered in ivy. Exposed before November 1897. p.20 (L)

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle looking south along long walk, showing trees, bushes and benches either side of walk and bandstand in right middle ground. The walls of the keep are partly covered in ivy. Exposed before November 1897. p.21 (U)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle looking south along long walk, showing trees, bushes and benches either side of walk and bandstand in right middle ground. The walls of the keep are partly covered in ivy. Pictorial Stationery Co. Ltd. Printed in Saxony, Germany. Exposed before November 1897. p.21 (L)

Christmas greetings card bearing photograph of Rochester Castle keep looking south along long walk, showing trees, bushes and benches either side of walk and bandstand in right middle ground. The walls of the keep are partly covered in ivy. With message from Glanville W. Mason (Glan) to Dorothy (Dot). 25 December 1910. Print measures 2 5/8” x 1 5/8” (65mm x 41mm) p.22 (

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising three-quarters view Crimean War * cannon and iron carriage mounted on plinth at end of long walk in castle gardens, seen from front and to the right, showing trees, bushes and benches in background. Couchman's notes relate to the origin, movements and custody of the cannon. The text on the plaque mounted on the front of the carriage is clearly visible. After 1897. p23

[* cf. Russia, Ukraine]

Reproduction of photograph entitled Rochester Castle showing Rochester Castle keep looking south along long walk, showing trees, bushes and benches either side of walk and bandstand in right middle ground. The walls of the keep are partly covered in ivy and the Rochester City Council banner is flying from the north-west corner tower. The Crimean War cannon and plinth are visible in the long walk in the middle distance. After 1897. p.24

Reproduction of photograph entitled Rochester Castle and Jubilee Memorial comprising view Rochester Castle keep looking south along long walk, showing trees, bushes and benches alongside walk, bandstand in right middle ground, jubilee memorial in left middle ground and steps leading from Esplanade into castle gardens in foreground. The walls of the keep are partly covered in ivy and the Rochester City Council banner is flying from the north-west corner tower. After 1897. p.25

Photograph of Queen Victoria’s 1887 Jubilee memorial at head of long walk in Rochester Castle gardens, looking south along long walk, showing trees, bushes and benches either side of walk, castle keep in right distance partly covered in ivy, Crimean War cannon in middle distance, memorial in left foreground surrounded by iron railing and three youths or boys also in left foreground, one dressed in military style uniform of bandsman, looking at memorial or camera. Notes on rear by W. Glanville Mason about Wat Tyler’s Rebellion of 1331 and Rochester Castle. After 1897. 3 1/8” x 2 6/8” (80mm x 71mm) p.26

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle and Gardens looking south along long walk, showing trees, bushes and benches either side of walk and bandstand in right middle ground. The walls of the keep are shown partly covered in ivy and numerous strollers and visitors are present in the long walk and sitting on benches. A perambulator is visible in right foreground. Message on rear from W. Glanvill Mason, Pinhorns House, Royal Masonic School, Bushey, Hertfordshire to Stanley (Stan) H. Mason, 37 Byron Road, Gillingham. Valentine’s Series. Postmarked Hertford [?] 6 April 1904. p.27 (U)

[Reproduced by kind permission of Hallmark International]

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle and Gardens looking south along long walk, showing trees, bushes and benches either side of walk and part of bandstand in right middle ground. The walls of the keep are seen partly covered in ivy, the Queen Victoria 1887 Jubilee memorial and surrounding railing are in left foreground and numerous visitors are strolling along long walk or sitting on benches. The cathedral central tower is visible in left distance. Valentine’s series. Message on front from Stanley (Stan) Mason and mother to Master Glanvill (Glan) Mason, Francombs House, Royal Masonic School, Bushey, Hertfordshire, discussing family matters. Postmarked New Brompton 2 April 190[-] c.1905 p.27 (L)

[Reproduced by kind permission of Hallmark International]

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle and jubilee memorial looking south towards castle keep along long walk, showing trees, bushes and benches on either side of walk and part of bandstand in right middle ground. The walls of the keep are seen partly covered in ivy, the Queen Victoria 1887 Jubilee memorial and surrounding railing are in left foreground and numerous visitors are strolling along long walk or sitting on benches. The Crimean War cannon is visible in middle distance. Message on rear from W. Glanvill (Glan) Mason to Miss L. (Dot) Moss, c/o Mrs. Mackney, Dudley House, East Hill, Dartford, mentioning a local railway journey in which he had as a travelling companion a soldier wounded at the Battle of Mons, Belgium (August 1914). Published by Chester Vaughan. Postmarked Rochester 5 October 1914. Exposed c.1910 p.28 (U)

[Reproduced by kind permission of Hallmark International]

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle and grounds looking south from north-west corner of castle curtain wall towards castle keep along long walk, showing trees, bushes and benches on either side of walk and part of bandstand in right middle ground. Also showing left to right Rochester Cathedral, eastern castle curtain wall, Queen Victoria’s 1887 jubilee memorial, long walk, Crimean War cannon, castle keep and bandstand. Numerous strollers and visitors are present in the scene, many sitting on benches. Message on rear from Michael Rothney to his father G.A.J. Rothney esq., Pembury, 1 Tudor Road, Upper Norwood, London SE, discussing night drapery, visit to Strood (Stroud) and Rochester and relations. Valentine’s series. Postmarked Gillingham 14 May 1917. p.28 (L)

Postcard photograph entitled castle and gardens, Rochester comprising view looking south along long walk towards castle keep in distance, also showing Rochester Cathedral in left distance, benches, trees and bushes lining long walk, bandstand in middle ground at right, Crimean War cannon at end of long walk and Queen Victoria’s 1887 jubilee memorial and iron railings in left foreground, with visitors sitting on benches and two girls minding perambulator in foreground. Exposed c.1911 Message on rear from G[-] and W[-] to Mr. and Mrs. Appleton, 12 Temple Gardens, Strood describing a railway journey. Postmarked Birmingham, Warwickshire 14 April 1925. Published by W. Naylar, Rochester. p.29 (U)

Postcard photograph entitled jubilee memorial, cathedral, castle and gardens, Rochester comprising cropped copy of p.29 (U) above i.e. view looking south along long walk towards castle keep in distance with banner flying from north-west angle tower, also showing Rochester Cathedral in left distance, benches, trees and bushes lining long walk, bandstand in middle ground at right, Crimean War cannon at end of long walk and Queen Victoria’s 1887 jubilee memorial and iron railings in left foreground, with visitors sitting on benches and two girls minding perambulator in foreground. Keep appears re-touched. Exposed c.1911. On rear, message from unstated author to Miss E.M. Cole, 133 St. Julian’s Farm Road, West Norwood, London SE. Postmarked Rochester 20 June 1912. Published by W. Naylar, Rochester. p.29 (L)

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle and gardens comprising view looking south along long walk towards castle keep in right distance, showing benches, trees and bushes lining long walk, visitors sitting on benches and strollers in long walk, Crimean War cannon at end of long walk and in left foreground Queen Victoria’s 1887 jubilee memorial and iron railings. On rear, message from J. and S. [Mason?] of 49 Byron Road, Gillingham to Mrs. J.W. Hodges, Homeside, Hatherley Road, Sidcup, inviting her to stay. Postmarked Gillingham 21 October 1906. p.30 (U)

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle, jubilee and [sic] memorial comprising view looking south along long walk towards castle keep in right distance, showing in left distance central tower and spire of Rochester Cathedral, benches, trees and bushes lining long walk, visitors sitting on benches and strollers in long walk, Crimean War cannon at end of long walk, bandstand in middle ground at right and in left Queen Victoria’s 1887 jubilee memorial and iron railings. c.1911 p.30 (L)

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle and grounds comprising view of castle grounds looking from position to right of north-east staircase, looking south along long walk towards castle keep, showing in distance from left to right, Liberal Club, Rochester Cathedral and castle curtain wall, in middle ground from left to right trees, shrubs, bushes, long walk lined with benches and visitors, Crimean War cannon and roof of bandstand and in foreground left to right group of three attendants or groundsmen in coats and badged caps looking at camera, Queen Victoria’s 1887 jubilee memorial (minus finial) and iron railings, waste basket, child on scooter and German* First World War light field gun mounted on round concrete or stone plinth. c.1919 x c.1931 p.31 (U)

[* cf. Germany]

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Cathedral, Castle and gardens comprising view of castle grounds looking south east from point opposite junction of long walk and path leading to north-east corner of curtain wall, showing in distance from left to right Rochester Cathedral, castle curtain wall and keep, trees, bushes and shrubs, long walk, benches and Crimean War canon, in middle ground and in foreground left to right, benches, group of three children looking at camera, Queen Victoria’s 1887 jubilee memorial (minus finial and upper stage), iron railings and waste basket. Published by Kingsway. c.1919 x c.1931 p.31 (L)

Postcard photograph entitled The Castle, Rochester comprising view of castle grounds looking south east along long walk towards castle keep, showing trees, bushes, shrubs and benches alongside long walk, Crimean War cannon and feral pigeons at far end of long walk and Queen Victoria’s 1887 jubilee memorial and iron railings in left foreground, with strollers in long walk and visitors sitting on benches. Before 1931. p.32 (U)

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester, Castle grounds comprising view of castle grounds looking south east along long walk towards castle keep, showing in distance castle keep with Union Flag or Jack flying from north-west angle tower, in middle ground from left to right tree, long walk lined with benches and chairs, several strollers and visitors present, some standing or crouching among feral pigeons, and bandstand and in foreground remnant of Queen Victoria's 1887 jubilee memorial (minus railings), waste basket and base of First World War German light field gun (missing). Photocrom Ltd., Graphic Studios, Tunbridge Wells. c.1950 p.32 (L)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of castle grounds looking south along long walk towards castle keep, showing long walk lined with trees, bushes, shrubs and benches, Crimean War cannon at end of long walk in distance, male visitor in cloth cap feeding peacock and feral pigeons and bandstand in right middle ground. The City of Rochester banner is flying from north-west angle tower of keep and city coat f arms is depicted in bottom right corner. Milton Series, published by D. Scott, 14 High Street, Rochester and printed in Germany. c.1912 p.33

Photograph looking north-west across Rochester Castle grounds under snow, showing from left to right, long walk running from left middle ground to centre distance lined with chairs and benches, bandstand, trees, remnant of Queen Victoria's 1887 jubilee memorial, boundary fence alongside Castle Hill and buildings on Castle Hill. Also visible in distance, Rochester Bridge and Strood. 5 ¾” x 3 ¾” (145mm x 95mm) c.1931 x c.1939 p.34 (U)

Postcard photograph entitled Bandstand, Castle gardens comprising view of Rochester castle grounds under snow looking from point adjacent to west side of long walk north-west towards bandstand, showing benches, shrubs, bushes and trees. c.1909 p.34(L)

Photograph of Rochester Castle gardens under snow, looking south along long walk, showing castle keep in distance, Crimean War cannon at far end of long walk, two visitors or groundsmen walking along long walk towards camera, long walk lined with benches, bandstand and trees on right side of long walk and part of iron railing of Queen Victoria’s 1887 jubilee memorial in left foreground. 5 3/8” x 3 3/8” (136mm x 87mm) Before 1939. p.35 (U)

Photograph of Rochester Castle gardens under snow, looking south across lawn area towards north face of castle keep, showing trees in middle ground and left and right distance. 5 3/8” x 3 3/8” (136mm x 87mm) Before 1939. p.35 (L)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of castle grounds looking south along long walk towards castle keep, showing long walk lined with trees, bushes, shrubs and benches, Crimean War cannon at end of long walk in distance, visitors sitting on benches, several women with perambulators, feral pigeons in long walk, part of iron railings of Queen Victoria’s 1887 jubilee memorial in left foreground and bandstand in right middle ground. Message on rear from Elizabeth (Bessie) [-] to Mrs. [J.W.] Hodges, 2 Alma Villas, Hatherley Road, Sidcup, reporting death of dean of Rochester [Samuel Reynolds Hole] and the weather. Postmarked Rochester 1 September 1904. p.36 (U)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of castle grounds looking south along long walk towards castle keep, showing in left foreground and middle ground long walk lined with trees, bushes, shrubs and benches and visitors sitting on benches, Crimean War cannon at far end of long walk, bandstand in right middle ground and in right foreground male spectators standing at or gathered near terrace wall overlooking Rochester Esplanade. On rear, message from unnamed author to Miss G. Cooper, 64 London Road, West Croydon, Surrey, wishing her many happy returns. J. Hook series. Postmarked Croydon, Surrey 9 June 1911. p.36(L)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of castle grounds looking south along long walk towards castle keep, viewed from half way along long walk, showing in left foreground and middle ground long walk lined with trees, bushes, shrubs and benches, strollers in long walk and visitors sitting on benches and Crimean War cannon at far end of long walk. Published by JW and S. c.1904 p.37 (U)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of castle grounds looking south along long walk towards castle keep, viewed from half way along long walk, showing in left foreground and middle ground long walk lined with trees, bushes, shrubs and benches, strollers in long walk and visitors sitting on benches, several with perambulators, and Crimean War cannon at far end of long walk with part of bandstand visible in right middle ground. Message on rear, from Edith [-] to Mr. W. J. Read, 1 Mousehold Street, Norwich, Norfolk. Published by Arts and Crafts, Rochester, V and S Ltd. Postmarked 5 October 1912. p.37 (L)

Copy of photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of Rochester Castle grounds under snow, looking south along long walk towards castle keep, showing trees, bushes and shrubs in middle ground, long walk lined with benches, Crimean War cannon at far end of long walk and part of bandstand in right middle ground. The long walk has been cleared of snow down the middle. Original exposed 1909. p.38 (left)

Copy of photograph entitled Castle Gardens and Cathedral comprising view of Rochester Castle grounds under snow, looking south-east and diagonally across long walk towards Rochester Cathedral in distance, showing trees, shrubs and bushes in middle ground and section of long walk in foreground. Original exposed 1909 [?] p.38 (right)

Photocopy of newscutting from Chatham Observer of 13 November 1913 comprising group photograph entitled the mayor’s mulberry tree, planted in honour of Alderman Charles Willis showing men, women and children standing around newly planted sapling at south-west end of Rochester Castle grounds, mostly facing camera, individuals including alderman Charles Willis, mayor of Rochester in mayoral regalia, Francis Oman, mace bearer, Mrs. Charles Willis and Apsley Kennette, town clerk in gown and wig. Couchman’s accompanying notes relate to position of tree (near Baker’s Walk gateway) Willis’ involvement in education and destruction of tree by the Great Hurricane on 16 October 1987. p.39

Photocopy of newscutting from Chatham Observer of 13 November 1913 comprising group photograph entitled watching the tree planting: a crowd of juvenile spectators showing crowd of onlookers facing camera in Rochester Castle grounds against background of inside of castle western curtain wall, on occasion of planting of tree by Charles Willis as p.39 above. p.40

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle and Gardens comprising view of castle keep and grounds looking south along long walk, showing strollers and feral pigeons in long walk, lines of benches, trees, shrubs and bushes and in right foreground waste basket and please keep of the grass sign. On rear, message from Elizabeth (Lizzie) [-] of 12 Cranbrook Park, Ilford, Essex to a Miss May [?] Kempster, 23 Mansfield Road, Ilford, Essex, discussing health and visiting arrangements. Published by Hartmann. Postmarked Ilford, Essex 23 January 1910. p.41 (U)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester comprising view of Rochester Cathedral and Castle and adjoining areas looking at right angles across River Medway at Bridge reach from Strood Intra, showing from left to right, Moat House, Castle Hill, entrance and staircase to castle gardens from Esplanade, castle curtain wall, Rochester Cathedral, top of bandstand in castle grounds, castle keep, Rochester Pier, Watts’ Charity Swimming Baths and Satis House or Whitefriars. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. Before 1904. p.41

[For similar views, please see Couchman collection volume 3]

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of castle keep and grounds looking south along long walk, showing Crimean War cannon at far end of walk, strollers, children and feral pigeons in walk and benches, trees, shrubs and bushes alongside walk and several women visitors minding perambulators. A please keep of the grass sign is visible in right foreground. Published by Thornton Brothers, New Brompton. Before 1914. p.42 (U)

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of castle keep and grounds looking south-south-west across castle grounds towards castle keep, showing inside of eastern curtain wall in left distance and trees, bushes and shrubs in intervening spaces. On rear, message from Kathleen and Robin [-] to Miss L. Wright, 7a Yerbury Road, Tufnell park, London N., describing holiday in Rochester and asking if the war is affecting business. Postmarked Rochester 19 August 1914. Published by Charles Leonard and Sons, Rochester. p.42 (L)

Tinted and bordered postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of castle keep and grounds looking south towards castle keep along long walk, ivy on keep walls, trees, shrubs, bushes and benches alongside walk, strollers and feral pigeons in walk and visitors sitting on benches, some minding perambulators, and Crimean War cannon near far end of walk. On rear, message from E. and Rene Burnell to a Mrs. Cox, 54 William Street, Rainham, discussing travelling arrangements. Published by Valentine. Postmarked Chatham. After 1910. p.43(U)

[Reproduced by kind permission of Hallmark International]

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of castle keep and grounds looking south-south-west across castle grounds towards castle keep, showing inside of eastern curtain wall in left distance and trees, bushes, shrubs and flower beds in intervening spaces. On rear, message from Lily [-] to Miss Mary or Minnie (Min) Bright, 2 Morley Road, Plaistow Road, West Ham, London E., discussing difficult geography examination. Published by Kingsway. Postmarked Rochester 2 December 1913. p.43 (L)

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle and gardens comprising view of castle keep and grounds looking south towards castle keep along long walk, showing trees, bushes, shrubs and benches alongside walk, Crimean War cannon at far end of walk and visitors sitting on becnhes, several minding perambulators. In right foreground, First World War German * light field gun mounted on concrete plinth. On rear, message from Albert (Bert) Appleton to his father C.G. Appleton, 12 Temple Gardens, Cuxton Road, Strood, discussing recreational activities and sport. Postmarked Selly Oak, Birmingham, Warwickshire 12 August 1931. p.44 (U)

[* cf. Germany]

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Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of castle keep and grounds looking south-east from inside western section of curtain wall showing in left distance Rochester Cathedral, eastern section of curtain wall and trees and ushes, in middle ground long walk lined with benches with one stroller present and in right foreground flower bed and tree. Published by Valentine. After 1931. p.44 (L)

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of castle keep and grounds looking south-south-west towards castle keep and bandstand, showing from left to right long walk lined with benches, strollers and visitors, Crimean War cannon at far end, trees, bushes, shrubs and bandstand in right middle ground, walkway between bandstand and at far right western curtain wall with visitors sitting on benches in walkway and spectators looking out over wall of terrace gardens. On rear, message from or concerning H.P. Hussey Esq., secretary RUKB Association, Aldine House, 13 Bedford Street, Strand, London WC2. Exposed before 1919. Postmarked Rochester and Chatham 23 August 1926. p.45 (U)

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Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle comprising view of castle keep and grounds looking south-south-west towards castle keep and bandstand, showing from left to right long walk lined with benches, strollers visitors and feral pigeons, Crimean War cannon at far end and at camera end First World War German light field gun mounted on concrete plinth, trees, bushes, shrubs and bandstand, walkway between bandstand and western curtain wall with benches and sitting visitor and terrace gardens. On rear, message from Winifred (Winnie) [-] about learning French [cf. France] and German [cf. Germany]. Published by Valentine. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to the German gun, stated to have been captured in Goulet Wood, Vimy Ridge, Artois/Pas-de-Calais, France on 9 April 1917, given a naval deck mounting and used by the Merchant Navy against submarines c.1917-c.1918 before being erected in Rochester Castle Gardens in 1919. c.1931 x c.1939. p.45 (L)

Reproduction of pen and ink drawing of Rochester Castle gardens viewed from castle keep, looking north-west towards bandstand in middle ground, entrance staircase leading up from Esplanade and Rochester Bridge in middle distance, showing in far distance commercial buildings in Strood Intra and windmills on Frindsbury Hill, namely The Great Mill and The Little Mill. Also visible in castle gardens are sections of northern and western castle curtain walls and shrubberies, trees, long walk, strollers and benches. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to demolition of bandstand in 1961. p.46 (U)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Castle gardens, Rochester: feeding the pigeons comprising view of bandstand looking north-west across long walk, showing visitors sitting on benches alongside walkway at right angles to camera in middle ground and in bandstand, several minding perambulators of feeding feral pigeons. On rear, message from C.H. to Miss A. Jenner, near police station, Mount Road, Clive Dale [cf. Clivedale], Hastings, Sussex. Published by W. Naylar, Eastgate Series, Rochester. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to the building, opening and purchase of the bandstand 1871-1883. Postmarked Chatham 29 April 1907. p.46 (L)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled The Terraces, Rochester Castle Gardens comprising view looking south along terraced gardens and walkways between western section of castle curtain wall and castle gardens, showing in distance, castle keep, section of curtain wall and Watts’ Charitt Swimming Baths and the River Medway. On rear, message from Kate [-] to a Miss Hodges, 71 Hatherley Road, Sidcup, discussing visits to Upnor and Southend, Essex. Published by F. Welch and Sons, Portsmouth, Hampshire and printed in Belgium. Couchman’s notes pertain to building and opening of terraces 1905-1906. Postmarked Chatham 20 June 1907. p.47 (U)

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester, the terrace, castle gardens comprising view of area between western castle curtain wall and outer bailey looking south-south-west with photographer’s back to nort-west bastion, showing in distance left to right, keep, roof of bandstand and western curtain wall and in middle and foregrounds trees, bushes and visitors sitting on benches or looking over lower wall. Published by Photocrom Ltd., London and Tunbridge Wells. c.1930 p.47 (L)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle Gardens comprising view looking south from north-west bastion across outer bailey towards castle keep, showing in distance left to right, Rochester Cathedral, keep and western curtain wall, in middle ground left to right Queen Victoria’s 1887 jubilee memorial, trees and shrubs, long walk lined with benches, bandstand, junction with outer walkway and visitors and in right foreground terraces, benches, visitors and spectators. On rear, message from unnamed author to Miss Mabel Stalkartt, 75 Victoria Road South, Southsea, Hampshire thanking her for a pretty card sent to her baby. Published by Valentine. Postmarked Gillingham 16 July 1909. p.48 (U)

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Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle Gardens comprising view looking south from north-west bastion across outer bailey towards castle keep, showing in distance left to right, keep and western curtain wall, in middle ground left to right, trees and shrubs, long walk lined with benches, junction with outer walkway and visitors, in right middle distance Watts’ Charity Swimming Baths and in right foreground terraces, benches, visitors and spectators. W. Naylar, Eastgate Series, Rochester. Printed in Saxony, Germany. c.1911 p.48 (L)

Postcard photograph entitled The Terraces, Rochester Castle Gardens comprising view looking south from north-west bastion towards castle keep, showing in distance left to right, keep and western curtain wall, in middle ground left to right, trees and shrubs, part of long walk lined with benches, junction with outer walkway, latter also lined with benches and visitors, bandstand and in right foreground terraces, shrubberies, benches, visitors and spectators. Published by J. Welch and Sons, Portsmouth, Hampshire. c.1919 p.49

Reproduction [?] of photograph of Rochester Castle viewed from the west front of Rochester Cathedral, looking west across Castle Ditch towards castle keep, showing in foreground buildings in Castle Ditch, in middle ground eastern curtain wall and square mural tower, in middle distance left to right southern section of curtain wall, keep, outer bailey or castle gardens and section of long walk lined with benches and western curtain wall and in far distance River Medway, Temple Marsh (Strood) and Strood Hill. 5 ¾” x 3 ¾” (148mm x 96mm). Original exposed c.1920 p.50

Print from engraving entitled part of the interior of the keep, Rochester Castle, Kent comprising view of interior of keep at second i.e. principal floor level, looking west at 45 degree angle across northern portion of keep towards cross-wall and opposite (west) wall, showing Norman arcading in cross-wall. Engraved by W. Deeble from drawing by H. Gastineau for Excursions through Kent published by Longman and Co., Paternoster Row, London 1 February 1820. p.51 (U)

Postcard photograph entitled interior, Rochester Castle comprising comprising view of interior of keep at second i.e. principal floor level, looking west (i.e. at 45 degree angle) across northern portion of keep towards cross-wall and opposite (west) wall of keep, showing Norman arcading in cross-wall. On rear, message from Louise and Annie [-] [?] to Miss L. Miller, Law Cottage, Upper Largo, Fife, Scotland (North Britain) mentioning outing to Chatham. Postmarked Rochester 17 July 1905. p.51 (L)

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle, entrance to the keep comprising interior view of first floor of keep looking south-west though arched entrance towards cross-wall and opposite (west) wall of keep beyond, showing floorboarded area and part of arcaded second level. From Illustrated London News published 6 August 1853. p.52

Print from engraving entitled interior of the remains of the upper story of Rochester Castle comprising view looking west towards cross-wall and opposite (west) wall of keep beyond. c.1860 p.53

Print from engraving entitled window discovered in Rochester Castle 1899 comprising detail of embrasure containing two lights. Drawn by F. Stone, printed by C.F. Kell and Son. c.1899 p.54

Print from engraving entitled entrance of Rochester Castle comprising view of exterior of forebuilding looking north-east up staircase towards Norman arch, showing gardener with spade resting against wall in left foreground. c.1800 p.55 (U)

Print from engraving entitled Rochester Castle: the keep with its entrance tower comprising view of keep looking south, showing visitors climbing ramp to entrance and trees and bushes in middle ground. c.1850 p.55 (L)

Colour print entitled The Castle Gardens, Rochester comprising view of castle gardens looking south along long walk towards castle keep, showing in background keep with City of Rochester banner flying from north-west angle tower, in middle ground strollers in walkway, walkway lined with benches and trees and in foreground governess and children with feral pigeons. Signed Myrbach. c.1890 p.56

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle, the keep comprising view of keep and castle gardens looking south from position to east of long walk, showing in middle-ground trees, bushes and shrubs and in foreground tree and flower beds. On rear, message from M.A.M. [?] to a Mrs. Southgate, 8 Felbrigge Road, Three Kings, Essex, discussing travel arrangements and health. Postmarked Rochester and Chatham 17 January 1920. Exposed before 1914 [?] p.57 (U)

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Postcard photograph entitled The Castle, Rochester comprising view of keep and curtain wall looking west across Boley Hill, St. Nicholas’ burial ground and Castle Ditch from roof of St. Nicholas’ Church, Boley Hill, showing square mural tower in right middle distance. On rear, message from C.R. to Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Mason, Pension Cosmopolite *, 14 Rue des Tonnelliers [?] **, Bruges, Belgium, discussing travel arrangements. Postmarked Rochester/Chatham 31 August 1923. p.57 (L)

[* The borough archivist is advised by the City of Bruges Tourist Office the hotel is now named hotel Memling;

** Tonnelliers is the former name of the street, now named Kuipersstraat, as advised by the City of Bruges Tourist Office. The spelling given by the author of the postcard does not appear to conform to this exactly but is presumed corrupt. See image.]

Postcard photograph entitled interior, Rochester Castle comprising view of interior of keep at second i.e. principal floor level looking west across northern portion of keep at 45 degree angle towards cross-wall and opposite (west) wall of keep, showing Norman arcading in cross-wall. On rear, message from Glanvill W. Mason to Miss Dot (L.) Moss, c/o Mrs. Connor, 15 Bath Road, Dartford, concerning travel arrangements. Published by Baldwin and Son, 6a. High Street, Chatham. Postmarked Rochester 30 April 1915. p.58 (U)

Photograph of Rochester Castle keep and gardens looking south-east from point near terrace wall, showing bushes, shrubs and trees in fore and middle grounds and keep partly covered in ivy, walkway and two please keep of the grass signs. Mason Collection. 6 1/2" x 4 3/4" (163mm x 120mm) p.58 (L)

Photograph of north-east angle turret and eastern battlement parapet of Rochester Castle keep, looking east from point on western wall-walk near south-west angle tower, showing interior of third stage of keep, two youths in formal dress on wall-walk and in distance tower of Rochester Cathedral. Note on rear to effect cathedral tower as appears was re-modelled by the architect Cottingham. 3 7/8" x 2 3/4" (100mm x 72mm) Before 1904. p.59 (U)

Photograph of interior of Rochester Castle keep, looking west across northern portion of keep at second or principal floor level at 45 degree angle towards cross-wall and opposite (west) wall of keep, showing three bays of Norman arcading in cross-wall and part of interior of eastern wall. 6" x 4 1/4" (150mm x 115mm) c.1900 p.59 (L)

Photograph of interior of Rochester Castle keep at second or principal floor level, looking west across northern portion of keep at 45 degree angle towards cross-wall, showing two bays of Norman arcading in cross-wall and three feral pigeons or doves perched at different points. Mason Collection. 6 3/8" 4 3/4" (160mm x 120mm) c.1930 p.60

Postcard photograph entitled Norman keep, Rochester Castle comprising view of interior of Rochester Castle keep at second or principal floor level, looking west across northern portion of keep at 45 degree angle, showing four bays of Norman arcading in cross-wall in middle-ground, northern portion of west wall directly ahead, part of south wall in left background and iron railing on parapet of west wall. Published by Valentine. c.1930 p.61 (U)

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Photograph of northern portion of interior of Rochester Castle keep at third level looking north-west, showing part of cross-wall at left, north wall at right and west wall directly ahead. Photographer W. Glanvill Mason. Mason Collection. 6 3/8" x 4 5/8" (160mm x 117mm) c.1930 p.61 (L)

Photograph of Rochester Castle eastern curtain wall and northern mural tower or keeper's lodge with Rochester Cathedral in background, looking south-east across outer bailey or castle gardens from point near centre of outer bailey, showing trees, bushes and shrubs in middle-ground. 3 3/4" x 2 1/4" (97mm x 58mm) Before 1904. p.62 (U)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled the keeper's lodge, Rochester Castle comprising view of Rochester Castle eastern curtain wall and northern mural tower or keeper's lodge, covered with ivy, looking south-east across outer bailey or castle gardens from point between centre of outer bailey and curtain wall, showing trees, bushes and shrubs in middle-ground, summer house in left middle-ground, porch to lodge and Rochester Cathedral in distance. On rear, message from Margaret (Maggie) [-] to Mrs. W.J. Hodges, 2 Hatherly Villas, Hatherly Road, Sidcup, offering many happy returns of the day. Couchman's accompanying notes pertain to city council providing summer house in 1897. Postmarked Rochester 27 September 1904. p.62 (L)

Photograph of Rochester Castle eastern curtain wall and northern mural tower or keeper's lodge, looking south-east from point between centre of outer bailey or castle gardens and curtain wall, showing lodge covered in ivy, trees, bushes and shrubs in middle ground, bench and walkway in foreground and please keep off the grass in right middle ground. Embossed Frith Series. 8 1/8" x 6 3/8" (205mm x 160mm) c.1890 p.63

Photograph of Rochester Castle and gardens looking south-south-west from Moat House on Castle Hill across Castle Hill, showing in distance left to right, Rochester Cathedral, eastern curtain wall and northern and southern mural towers, keep and Satis House, in middle ground trees, bushes and shrubberies and pathways and in foreground bench, iron railing and wall at boundary with Castle Hill. 6" x 4 1/8" (150mmx 105mm) c.1912 p.64

Photograph of Rochester Castle eastern curtain wall and northern mural tower or keeper's lodge, looking south-east from point between centre of outer bailey or castle gardens and curtain wall, showing Rochester Cathedral in distance, lodge covered in ivy in left middle-ground, southern mural tower in right middle-ground, trees, bushes and shrubbery in middle ground and strollers, seagulls, feral pigeons and sapling in foreground. 6" x 4" (152mm x 102mm) c.1911 p.65 (U)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled caretaker's lodge, Castle Gardens and Cathedral, Rochester comprising view of eastern curtain wall and northern mural tower or keeper's lodge, looking south-east from point between centre of outer bailey or castle gardens and curtain wall, showing Rochester Cathedral in distance, trees, bushes and shrubbery in middle ground and visitors or members of caretaker's family on pathway near entrance to lodge. On rear, message from Florence [?] (Flo [?]) to Dorothy (Dollie) [-]. Published by W. Naylar, Eastgate Series, Rochester and printed abroad. After 1904 p.65 (L)

Part-tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester, castle lodge comprising view of Castle eastern curtain wall and northern mural tower or keeper's lodge covered in ivy, looking north-east past the tower towards site of former main gate, showing in distance left to right, buildings in Castle Hill and Liberal Club in Castle Ditch, in middle-ground trees, shrubberies and strollers and in foreground two bystanders in conversation comprising civilian and soldier in full dress. On rear, message from Aunt Emma (Emy [?]) to Master W. Glanvill (Glan) Mason, Pinhorns House, Royal Masonic School, Bushey, Hertfordshire, discussing meeting. Postmarked Rochester 25 April 1907. Dainty Series. p.66 (U)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle, grounds comprising view of section of eastern curtain wall and lower and middle storeys of northern mural tower or keeper's lodge, looking north-east past tower towards site of former main gate, showing in distance left to right, buildings in Castle Hill and Liberal Club in Castle Ditch, in middle-ground trees, shrubberies and strollers and in foreground woman feeding feral pigeons. Published by Photocrom Co. Ltd., Tunbridge Wells. c.1930 p.66 (L)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Castle Gardens, Rochester comprising view of northern part of outer bailey or castle gardens, looking north across gardens from point outside northern mural tower or keeper's lodge, showing in distance range of buildings on Castle Hill, in middle-ground trees and shrubs and in foreground garden ornaments, feral pigeons and pathway. City of Rochester coat of arms superimposed in lower right. Message on rear from Christopher [?] (Chris) [-] to Miss M. Moss, 27 St. Patrick's Road, Ramsgate, asking her to keep well. Published by D. Scott, 14 High Street, Rochester and printed in Germany. Postmarked R[ochester] 21 August 1911. p.67 (U)

Tinted postcard photograph entitled Castle Gardens, Rochester comprising view of northern part of outer bailey or castle gardens, looking north across gardens from point outside northern mural tower or keeper's lodge, showing in distance Moat House on Castle Hill, in middle-ground trees and shrubs and in foreground garden ornaments, feral pigeons and pathway. On rear, message from M. Deane to a Mrs. Shepherd, 30 Hastings Road, Maidstone, thanking her for a gift of roses. Published by W.H. Smith and Son, 100 High Street, Rochester and printed in Germany. Postmarked Maidstone 3 July 1906 and dated 4 July by author presumably in error. p.67 (L)

Postcard photograph entitled bridge and castle grounds, Rochester comprising view of northern part of castle gardens looking north-north-west from upper level of keep towards north-west bastion, showing in distance left to right, Strood Intra, Frindsbury Intra and warehouses, Rochester Bridge Railway Station (High Street, Strood), Frindsbury Hill and Church and large four-masted sailing vessel alongside Anchor Wharf in Bridge Reach, in middle distance Rochester road bridge, range of buildings on Castle Hill comprising Moat House, Saye House, Sele House, Castleleigh House, Rochester and County Club * and Castle Moat House, boundary wall and railing alongside Castle Hill and First World War Mk IV Female Tank on plinth and in foreground bandstand, trees, lawns, First World War German War light field gun mounted on round concrete or stone plinth, steps at north-west bastion, Queen Victoria’s 1887 jubilee memorial, long walk and other pathways, strollers and visitors, benches and Crimean War cannon. Published by Valentine. Couchman’s accompanying notes pertain to gift of tank to Rochester by Major General Sir Herbert Mullaly on behalf of National War Savings Committee in 1919. c.1931 x c.1939 p.68 (U)

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[NB for records of Rochester and County Club please see deposits DE85 (part) and DE485/2]

Postcard photograph entitled one of our tanks comprising view of First World War Mk IV Female Tank passing Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London, heading towards camera in procession followed by motor car bearing coat of arms of the City of London on its radiator, watched by civilian spectators marshalled by policeman in cap and overcoat. Photograph passed by censor. Couchman’s notes indicate this tank is of the same type at that mounted in Rochester Castle Gardens. c.1918 p.68 (L)

[NB for a close-up photograph of the tank that stood in Rochester Castle Gardens, please see deposit M2]

Postcard photograph comprising view looking north-east from embrasure or window in eastern wall of Rochester Castle keep, showing in distance Brompton, Frindsbury Peninsula and cement works, River Medway (Limehouse Reach and Chatham Reach), in middle distance steam cargo vessel moored alongside Bath Hard Wharf, Chatham Goods Yard and railway goods wagon marshalling yards on Rochester Common and in middle ground buildings in Rochester High Street, St. Nicholas’ Church, cathedral lay folk’s burial ground and northern outer turret of cathedral west front. On rear, part 1 of a ribald two part message from W[-] [-] to Elizabeth (Bessie) [-] discussing his cold, cramp and a recent game of cricket. From the vernacular expressions used the author seems to be Scottish *. Date-stamped 28 June 1913. p.69 (U)

[cf. Scotland]

Postcard photograph comprising view looking north-north-east from embrasure or window in northern wall of Rochester Castle keep, showing in distance Frindsbury Peninsula, vessels on River Medway (Limehouse Reach) and group of buildings in Rochester High Street including Medway Conservancy Board office and Guildhall and in foreground interior details of embrasure and wooden bench, latter engraved with graffiti. On rear, continuation or part 2 of message from from W[-] [-] to Elizabeth (Bessie) [-] discussing church attendance and asking for a nice cuddle. *. [Date-stamped 28 June 1913.] p.69 (L)

Postcard photograph entitled Rochester Castle from Boley Hill comprising view of castle keep in background and southern section of curtain wall and drum tower, trees and external staircase in foreground, looking north, showing entrance from southern section of Castle Ditch into eastern section of inner bailey through curtain wall to right of drum tower, also showing cylindrical south-east angle tower of keep, both curtain wall and keep partly covered in ivy. On rear, message from John (Jack) Foxall to his mother Mrs. Foxall, 86 Bow Road, London E., describing travelling arrangements, weather and possibly military training (Small Arms School (S.A.S)). Published by Ive and Lowe Ltd., Chatham. Dated 14 February 1916 and postmarked Chatham 15 February 1916. p.70 (U)

Postcard colour photograph entitled Rochester Castle, Kent, Keep, from south-east, comprising view of castle keep, curtain wall and drum tower from point in St. Margaret’s Street about 20 yards (about 20 metres) from junction with Boley Hill and Bakers Walk, showing in foreground walls in St. Margaret’s Street overhung with trees and ivy and in left middle distance trees in Castle Ditch. A banner is flying from the keep at half-mast. Published and printed by Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) 1983. p.70 (U)

Postcard colour photograph entitled Rochester Castle, Kent, aerial view from the south, comprising view of area contained within castle outer bailey and curtain wall and surrounding area, viz. Rochester Esplanade and road and railway bridges to west, Castle Hill, Rochester High Street, Bridge House, Conservancy Board offices, Guildhall, Royal Victoria and Bull Hotel and Acorn Wharf to north, Castle Ditch and Boley Hill to east and Castle Ditch, Boley Hill, Satis House, Vicarage and Old Hall to south. Features visible inside outer bailey include plinth of bandstand, plinth of First World War tank, staircase at north-east bastion, walkways, trees and benches. Published by the Department of the Environment 1975 and subject to Crown Copyright and printed for Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO) by The Campfield Press, St. Albans, Hertfordshire. Exposed before 1969. p.71

File updated by Borough Archivist 13 October 2006.


Date: c.1760-1983
Quantity: 1 binder/71pp.
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