I tried so hard to sleep last night... knowing today would be a
special day... but try as I might... excitement prevailed, and I
dozed lightly, pondering the moment.
Soon I would be honored to be close to a treasure very few are
privileged to experience. Not only viewing the tool world's
greatest treasure, but touching and examining each and every
tool... to live history.
The chest is normally kept behind glass in its own room in
Rochester's Guildhall Museum, a short 20 minute drive from my
house in northwest Kent, some 30 miles southeast of London.
Viewed from the High Street - the beautiful
Rochester Castle built by Bishop Gundulf of Rochester, has
one of the best preserved keeps in either England or France,
and during the First Barons' War (1215–1217) in King John's
reign, baronial forces captured the castle from Archbishop
Stephen Langton and held it against the king, who then
besieged it. (source WIKIpedia)
Rochester is famous, amongst other things, as being a favorite
haunt of Charles Dickens who lived in nearby Gads Hill Place,
and many of his novels are based in the surrounding area.
Rochester High Street, the favorite haunt of
Charles Dickens with its ancient leaning buildings and
Beautiful architecture of Rochester.
Rochester Guildhall Museum.
Perhaps a lesser known fact is that it is also the home of
perhaps the most important collection of tools in the world,
collectively known as the "Seaton Chest". So this is the article
about this unique opportunity sharing, I hope, some of my
pleasure with other like-minded souls.