Upnor Castle, defending the River Medway
Kent, in the south-east of England, certainly has its fair share of history. The little known Upnor Castle on the banks of the River Medway once faced an onslaught from its Dutch seafaring neighbours. Now the charming castle welcomes its visitors with open arms.
Upnor Castle often goes unnoticed as a prominent landmark in Medway. As Chatham across the river has the incredibly fascinating Historic Dockyard, rich in naval history. You may even recognise scenes filmed here for ‘Call the Midwife’.
Then an arrow throws away is the picturesque town of Rochester. Home to a 12th-century Norman Castle, a Cathedral and tales of Charles Dickens, with all this ancient history Upnor just may get overshadowed.
Just a short hop to Upnor CastleDiscover Upnor's beautiful High Street en-route
In my honest opinion, the quaint little village of Upnor and its castle is an English Heritage treat.
To access Upnor Castle on the riverfront, you get the pleasure of strolling down through the picturesque High Street of Upnor’s lovely village.
You pass by lovingly maintained pretty clapboard homes and tiny stores along the cobbled road,
all in just a 200-metre walk.
What’s even better is that you also wander by two traditional English pubs, serving local food and ales. The King’s Arms at the top of the street and The Tudor Rose a Shepherd Neame inn a local brewery from Faversham, Kent.
A visit to Upnor CastleBuilt by order of Queen Elizabeth I
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Then came the Dutch to Upnor CastleThe “Battle of Medway” in 1667
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Upnor Castle’s new roleEngland’s largest Magazine
By 1691 it had come into its own, it was now England’s largest Magazine by far and outshining Tower of London, the next largest Magazine.
With Upnor Castle’s location being so close to Chatham Dockyard it was the primary source of supply to the Royal Navy warships, arriving at the dockyard for replenishment.
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The River MedwayA view of maritime Kent
Once you’ve discovered the internal aspects of Upnor Castle, step outside as you are in for a treat.
Head out onto the triangular gun platform overlooking the River Medway, the view is superb. It’s incredibly difficult to comprehend how it would have looked with the English and Dutch naval ships in an intense battle.
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When you’re nurturing the seed of a road trip, plotting your destinations across a paper map just brings the adventure to life. Whether it’s the touchy-feely aspect of the map or the rustling sound of mastering the art of origami while trying to fold it away, I’m not too sure. Nonetheless, the good old Ordnance Survey guys and gals always come up trumps.
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