Rochester, Kent, England, ME2 2

About Rochester

Rochester is a town and historic city in the unitary authority of Medway in Kent, England. It is situated at the lowest bridging point of the River Medway about 30 miles (50 km) from London.

Rochester was for many years a favourite of Charles Dickens, who owned nearby Gads Hill Place, Higham, basing many of his novels on the area. The Diocese of Rochester, the second oldest in England, is based at Rochester Cathedral and was responsible for the founding of a school, now The King's School in 604 AD, which is recognised as being the second oldest continuously running school in the world. 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.

Neighbouring Chatham, Gillingham, Strood and a number of outlying villages, together with Rochester, nowadays make up the Medway Unitary Authority area. It was, until 1998, under the control of Kent County Council and is still part of the ceremonial county of Kent, under the latest Lieutenancies Act.

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High Street, Rochester, c. 1900s


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Rochester almost looks like a Wild West town in this postcard, although the buildings really haven't changed much to this day. The tram tracks...

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The Pier, Rochester, c. 1930s


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A view across the Esplanade to the Pier.

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Rochester Bridge, Kent, c. 1917


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Posted in 1917, this picture, taken from the Castle walls, looks down on The Esplanade and towards Rochester Bridge. The balustrading along the...

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River Medway from Rochester Castle, c. 1905


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This view looks towards the Medway from Rochester Castle, with significant river traffic visible, as well as the cement factories on the far bank.

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Unveiling of the Percy Gordon Plaque, Rochester, 1912


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This image shows the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the death of Percy Henry Gordon, who died whilst rescuing a girl from drowning in the...

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Richard Watts's Charity House, Rochester, c. 1906


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This is a Raphael Tuck postcard looking towards the bridge. The charity house remains unchanged externally (although is more generally known as Six...

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High Street, Chatham, c. 1915


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A great Raphael Tuck postcard showing the High Street in Chatham. The Theatre Royal is on the right hand side, just past the junction. The stage...

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High Street, Chatham, 1906


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A great Raphael Tuck postcard showing the High Street in Chatham. The Theatre Royal is on the right hand side, just past the junction. The stage...

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River Medway at Chatham, 1886


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View across the bend in the river (known as Rats Bay), with the Royal Docks in the distance.

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The Red Lion & Star, Strood, earlier than 1899


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According to 'History of Strood' (1899), "The Red Lion & Star stood west of North Street, on North side of High Street. It was doubtless very...

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Flooding in North Street, Strood, 1898


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This image shows North Street, looking from the High Street, during the floods of 1898. From 'History of Strood', published 1899.

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High Street, Strood, c. 1899


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Taken from 'History Of Strood', published in 1899, this view of the High Street looks towards the viaduct that now carries the Medway Valley Line...

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Rochester Castle Gardens, c. 1910s


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General view of children playing in the gardens. The Castle Grounds and Terrace were created in 1870. The land for them was leased from the Earl of...

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Fort Clarence, Rochester, c. 1910s


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In Gallery: Fort Clarence, Rochester, c. 1910s

Fort Clarence was one of a number of forts built to defend the Medway towns from assault by river. Constructed between 1808 and 1812, the arch over...

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