Dickens’ Rochester: City of History and Great Expectations

‘Ah! Fine place,’ said the stranger, ‘glorious pile – frowning walls – tottering arches – dark nooks – crumbling staricases – Old Cathedral too – earthy smell – pilgrims’ feet worn away the old steps – little Saxon doors – confessional like money-takers’ boxes at theatres – queer customers those monks – Popes, and Lord Treasurers, and all sorts of old fellows, with great red faces, and broken noses, turning up every day – buff jerkins too – match-locks – Sarcophagus – fine place – old legends too – strange stories: capital.’”

The stranger’s description of Rochester’s Norman castle and cathedral in Charles Dickens’ early novel, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, written in 1837, the very first year of the great Victorian age, is still accurate today.

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