Upnor Castle is today in the care of English Heritage and on a sunny day like yesterday is a lovely place to visit for a picnic by the river.
|View from Upnor along the Medway towards the Thames|
|The landward defences added just a few years before the Dutch raid of 1667|
|Model depicting the Dutch Raid of 1667 - Upnor engaged the Dutch fleet but couldn't stop them from destroying a large number of British vessels|
The castle is in a very good state of preservation and is largely in the same condition to was during the Dutch Raid. The river seems very narrow at this point and its seems inconceivable that Upnor was not able to inflict greater damage on the Dutch as they passed by. However contemporary reports (from the likes of Samuel Pepys) suggest the castle munitions were simply insufficient to the task.
|The family of a guard?|
|Upnor castle facing the Medway|
|Guns of the Water Bastion are low on the waterline|
|The Hadley clan at Upnor|
This was an early visit for us as our main objective of the day was the Royal Engineers Museum just the other side of the river. I'll post pictures and a write-up of that visit tomorrow.