Was Rochester Castle an Important Military Site in the Middle Ages ?
Rochester Castle was built in 1088, by the Bishop of Rochester - Gundulf. It was known that the Bishop owed the King - King William Rufus, a sum of £100. To settle the dispute the King ordered Gundulf to build a motte and bailey castle at Rochester. Th cost was £60, and the money came from Gundulf. The structure of the castle consisted simply of a single
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so protective of it. The fact that Rochester castle was sieged so many times, and even when it was ruin also proves that it was an important military site. Obviously people thought that it had enough significance that it was worth the effort of sieging it.
Rochester castle also had many repairs made to it which means that the King wanted to keep it and thought that it was important enough to maintain and repair.