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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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Bridge Wardens Lectures 2015


“A Life in the Law – reflections on a 50 year career

Michael Bailey

Thursday 4th February 2016

Michael Bailey qualified as a solicitor in 1965 and is a leading commercial real estate practitioner in the South East of England with decades of experience. For the first 20 years of his career he was a solicitor advocate dealing with criminal and civil litigation before going on to specialise in the property and charity sectors.

Michael has been the lead charity solicitor for the Rochester Bridge Trust for over a decade and has handled many major property transactions and advised on complex charity law issues. For some years he was Diocesan Solicitor for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arundel and Brighton and, for many years, served as a member and past Chairman of the Legal Aid Appeal Tribunal for the South East. He was a member of the UK Eastern Europe Housing Know How Team which advised the Governments of Bulgaria and Romania on how to bring their policies and legal framework into line with Western Europe.

A past President of the Sussex Law Society and a former trustee of the Webb Memorial Trust, Michael is also a governor of Varndean Sixth Form College, and formerly Chairman of Burgess Hill School for Girls.

In the first Bridge Wardens’ Lecture of 2016, Michael will light-heartedly reflect on his five decades of work in the law and entertain us with tales of interesting cases handled and perhaps unravel some of the common misconceptions and misunderstandings about the legal profession.

The Lecture will be held in the medieval Bridge Chapel, 5 Esplanade, Rochester, ME1 1QE. Refreshments available from 6:30 p.m. Lecture begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are free but MUST be booked in advance from Sue O’Reilly by email or by telephone on 01892 513033.

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