Upnor Castle

Local nameUpnor Castle
LocationFrindsbury, United Kingdom

Upnor Castle is an Elizabethan artillery fort located on the west bank of the River Medway in Kent. It is in the village of Upnor, opposite and a short distance downriver from the Chatham Dockyard, at one time a key naval facility. The fort was intended to protect both the dockyard and ships of the Royal Navy anchored in the Medway. It was constructed between 1559–67 on the orders of Elizabeth I, during a period of tension with Spain and other European powers. The castle consists of a two-storeyed main building protected by a curtain wall and towers, with a triangular gun platform projecting into the river. It was garrisoned by about 80 men with a peak armament of around 20 cannon of various calibres.

Despite its strategic importance, the castle and the defences of the Thames and Medway were badly neglected during the 17th century.

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More information and contact

Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Upnor_Castle

Address Upnor ME2 4, United Kingdom

Coordinates 51°24'24.857" N 0°31'37.553" E

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