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Sir Richard Watts was a successful businessman and MP for Rochester in the 1570s. He supplied rations for the English Navy and supervised the construction of Upnor Castle. When he died sir Richard left money in his will for the benefit of six poor travellers, each of whom, would be given lodging, in separate rooms, a meal and 'entertainment' for one night, before being sent on their way with fourpence.

The house continued to be used right up to the 1940's and was the inspiration for Dickens' short story, “The Seven Poor Travellers”. The house was renovated and turned into a museum in 1979 to mark the 400th anniversary of Watts death. Within the building you are able to see the dining room, sleeping quarters and postcards and photos which depict life in Rochester in the early 20th century.

March 1 – October 31
Tuesday to Saturday: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Admission: Free

December 2010

Address: 97 High St, Rochester ME1 1LX
Phone: +44 (0) 1634 845 609

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