Welcome to the website of The Rochester Bridge Trust.

Since Roman times a bridge has crossed the River Medway at Rochester, and since medieval times the Wardens and Assistants of Rochester Bridge have maintained this strategic river crossing.


Today the Trust owns and maintains the two A2 bridges and the service bridge at Rochester, crossings as important for today’s traffic and modern life as at any time in our history.

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The Trust is committed to Supporting Engineering Education and encouraging young people to learn more about civil engineering and bridge building. Visit our educational website for more information.


The Rochester Bridge Trust has built and maintained numerous Medway crossings since medieval times. In the late fourteenth century the old Roman bridge was destroyed by winter storms.

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2016 Bridge Wardens’ Lectures

Free talk to reveal history of bridge works

Tuesday, 16th January, 2016

In the Crypt, Rochester Cathedral

Find out more about a medieval manuscript and its important role in the history of crossing the River Medway during a free talk.

The Bridgework List is contained within the Textus Roffensis, the only existing copy of the first code of English law, which was written in Rochester during the early 1120s. It is on display in the free Bridge Works exhibition, inside the Crypt at Rochester Cathedral.

The Rochester Bridge Trust’s Bridge Clerk Sue Threader will explain the significance of this document within the 2,000-year story of Rochester’s bridges, a story the Trust has been a part of for just 600 years.

Refreshments from 6pm. Lecture starts promptly at 6.30pm.

While the talk is free, places must be booked; contact Sue O’Reilly at or call her on 01892 513033.

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