We have a lovely picture in our bedroom of Rochester Castle done around 1878. It was painted by one of my ancestors, John Hornby Maw, who was a close friend of William Hunt and J.M.W. Turner. The three of them often painted together. There are very similar paintings of the interior of Maw’s living room in Hastings done by them.
We visited Rochester a couple of years ago to see if we could identify where Maw sat to make the painting and compare it with how it looks now. We found the spot, near the Cathedral, but it was tricky to photograph because of a busy road, a car park and the sun straight in front of me! But we found it fascinating to see how little had really changed with the castle itself.
Part of the castle from inside and a view of Rochester Cathedral from inside the castle.