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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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2016 Bridge Wardens’ Lectures


“The Life & Works of William Cubitt Windmills, Railways, Crystal Palace & Rochester Bridge”

Thursday 3rd March 2016

The Bridge Chapel, 5 Esplanade, Rochester, Kent ME1 1QE

Sir William Cubitt (1785 – 1861) of Dilham, Norfolk was a most prolific and versatile civil engineer of the mid-19th century and yet his contribution has largely faded from public consciousness in the shadow of contemporaries such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel and George Stephenson.

In this lecture Sue Threader, the Bridge Clerk and Chief Executive of the Trust, will talk about the life and achievements of Sir William Cubitt. He was a Norfolk millwright who invented the prison treadwheel, becoming a canal and railway designer and consulting engineer for the Crystal Palace. Towards the end of his career he was elected as President of the Institution of Civil Engineers and his final major project was the construction of the new, cast-iron Rochester Bridge completed in 1856.

Tickets are free of charge but must be booked in advance from Sue O’Reilly by email at or by telephone on 01892-513033.

Refreshments from 6.30pm                    Lecture starts promptly at 7.00pm

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