Richard Watts; Or, Rochester in the Time of the Tudors

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General Books LLC, 2009 - 124 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1903 Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XXIX. Conclusion. Bichard Watts lived for about six years after the date of Queen Elizabeth's stay at Rochester, and her historic visit to the Bole on the Hope, since called Satis House. The house, or rather a portion of it, still bears the name that the Queen applied to it. The older portions of the mansion are distinctly marked, if viewed from the top of the Castle, not only by the gable ends and diamond panes, but by the old red tiled roof. The coloured bust of Richard Watts, that was erected about a centurr and a half after his death by the grateful inhabitants of Eochester, is still to be seen in the south transept of the Nave of the Cathedral, as well as the flat tombstone, by the side of the steps leading to the choir, which covers his place of sepulchre. Thomas Pagett espoused the widow in the year 1586. Upnor Castle, the building of which was under the direction of Watts, cannot fail to attract the attention of any one taking a trip down the Medway. Although the Castle was built for the protection of the Royal Dockyard, it proved a complete failure in the reign of Charles II., when the Dutch, under Van Ghent, sailed up the river, attacking Upnor Castle, and burning several battleships that were lying in the stream. The Bishop's Palace on the south side of the Cathedral, the residence of the martyred Bishop Fisher, was never afterwards used as a dwelling by the Bishops, but was divided into several habitations in the time of the Commonwealth, when alterations and additions were made, although much of the old building still remains. The annual value of the estate left by Richard Watts at his demise was 36 16s. 8d., but owing to the increasing value of the land, and the excellent management of the Trustees, its income has increased to se...

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