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Eastgate House

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Eastgate House is a grade one listed building and a treasured landmark in the heart of historic Rochester. 

This beautiful Elizabethan townhouse was built in the late 1590s for Sir Peter Buck, who was Clerk of the Cheque at Chatham’s Royal Dockyard and Mayor of Medway.  Throughout the centuries the house has been a girls boarding school, restaurant, the city museum and the Dickens Museum as well as a family home.  It also features as Westgate in Dickens' novel, Pickwick Papers and as the Nun's House in The Mystery of Edwin Drood.Heritage lottery fund logo

The gardens, annexe building and cottage were designed by Sir Guy Dawber in the 1920s. Here you will find the Swiss chalet where Dickens worked on some of his most famous novels. Previously sited at Dickens’ home in Gad’s Hill, it was moved to Rochester in the 1960s. 

In December 2012 Medway Council was awarded £1.28m in funding to transform Eastgate House into an exciting exhibition and community space with improved access and visitor facilities. The works are due to be completed at the end of this year and the house will open in Summer 2017.

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We have a team of volunteers who support our open days. If you would like to volunteer your time too please contact us via email. We will be developing more volunteering opportunities as the project develops.

Friends of Eastgate

Established in 2012 to support the Eastgate House development, the Friends of Eastgate House is an independent organisation working in partnership with Medway Council. Find out more at Friends of Eastgate House.

How to get there

By road

From M2/A2 follow signs for Rochester. The house is situated on Rochester's historic High Street. Once in Rochester, parking is available on Blue Boar Lane and Corporation Street, these are pay and display car parks. Eastgate is by the adult education facility.

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By public transport

The nearest rail station is Rochester. The house is a short walking distance from the station.

Contact Us

Email: eastgate.house@medway.gov.uk