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Rochester Castle Fieldtrip

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  • 1. Rochester Castle Fieldtrip. The photos you took.
  • 2. Ditch.
    • The ditch protects the walls from attack.
    • During the medieval period they were deeper.
  • 3. Curtain Walls.
    • Notice the merlons and crenels in the walls.
    • Notice also the different types of rock and brick in the construction of the wall.
    • Refer to your field work notes here.
  • 4. Wall towers.
    • The imposing approach to the castle.
    • Notice the batter on the tower.
    • This is a flanking tower.
  • 5. Round wall tower.
    • This tower was rebuilt after the siege of 1215.
    • It is round to protect against trebuchet and undermining attacks.
  • 6. The outside of the Keep.
    • Notice the seperation between the stairs and the door.
    • The door is high up to aid defence.
    • What is the use of a fore building?
  • 7. Inside the Keep.
    • Notice the central wall that divides the keep.
    • This is an extra defensive feature.
    • Notice how thick the walls are
  • 8. Control of river.
    • The location of the castle uses the river in two ways.
    • Firstly as a means of defence.
    • Secondly it is used to control the bridge.

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