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Rochester’s Eastgate House re-opens after £2 million revamp

by Natalie Vincent Thu 14 September 2017, 12:42 pm

Rochester's famous Grade-I listed Elizabethan landmark underwent a £2.2 million restoration, donated by the Heritage Lottery Fund and opened its doors as an exhibition on 19 July.

Eastgate House. Photo courtesy of Simon Kelsey 2017 at Praxis

Made famous by Charles Dickens in his first novel The Pickwick Papers (renamed Westgate), the 16th century structure was originally built for Sir Peter Buck, a senior officer at the Royal Tudor Dockyard. It has since served as a Victorian girls’ boarding school, a hostel and a Dickens museum and information centre.

Now with improved lighting and wheelchair access, it is hoped the iconic building will serve Rochester as a historical attraction for future generations.

The house will be open every week from Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00am to 5.00pm (last admissions 4.30pm). Mondays and Tuesdays are reserved for special group and school bookings.

Please click here to visit the Friends of Eastgate House website.

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