2018 Kent

630½. An aside – Kent 2018 – Upnor, its Castle and Temple Manor

For some reason I kept calling Upnor, Upney. If it were the District line would look a lot different.

The Castle is a fort situated on the Strood side of the Medway and its main claim to fame appears to be that, due to no finances, it failed to prevent a Dutch raid of 1667, which destroyed many ships and they even pinched some. It should be said though, through using up nearly all of its ammunition, it made them withdraw rather than make a second attempt at Chatham.

We arrived at the car park which was packed and had to park out on the road. Who would have thought a fort could be so popular? At the bottom of the car park is a path which comes out at the top of the High Street. Some the people in front of us went into the first pub, others the second. Sunday lunch and a few pints, not heritage then.

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Upnor Kent 2018 – High St
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Upnor Kent 2018 – High St

The castle.

Mrs WDEOD was wearing a black dress and is constantly walking out of shot.

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Kent – Upnor Castle 2018
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Kent – Upnor Castle 2018 English Heritage get additional money through keeping this gun loaded and holding Chatham to ransom.

 

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Kent – Upnor Castle 2018 and Chatham across the Medway
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Kent – Upnor Castle 2018. The perils of a camera where you just have to tap the touchscreen
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Kent – Upnor Castle 2018 Mrs WDEOD exploring the Sallyhole. It is really small – she’s not that tall.

 

And then back to the car. It would be lovely to have joined him, but as I was driving …

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Upnor High St 2018
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Upnor High St 2018

Our English Heritage book said that Temple Manor was very close so we decided to go there too. Entering the postcode into the Sat Nav took us to a little industrial estate. Under the railway and nothing historic – apart from a reasonable view of the castle and the top of the cathedral next door.

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Kent Rochester castle and Cathedral and Strood yard.

Back under the railway and up a bit further, among the industrial units was Temple Manor. Not really that much there but photos inside show how much restoration has gone on – it was a roofless derelict.

You’ll see the same family as in Upnor had got there first.

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Kent – Temple Manor 2018

The day after I took this, Homes Under The Hammer arrived, painted the walls ‘Builder’s Beige’ and stuck a brown carpet down. Makes a great children’s room or maybe a study.

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Kent – Temple Manor 2018
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Kent – Temple Manor 2018

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