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.

Our Education Website

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.

Rochester Bridge Trust News

2016 Bridge Wardens’ Lectures

Kent and East Sussex Heritage Engineering Group

“Thomas Telford – the lost project – Rochester Bridge 1821-1827”

Wednesday 20th September, 2017

Rochester Guildhall Museum, 17 High Street, Rochester, Kent ME1 1PY

There have been thousands of pages written and published about the life and career of Thomas Telford, but none of these give attention to the six years Telford spent as the Bridge Engineer to the Rochester Bridge Trust.

Drawing on original correspondence, reports and plans from the Trust’s archives, Bridge Clerk Sue Threader will give an insight into Telford’s personality, the way he conducted his consultancy business, and fill in an important missing period in the published histories of his career.

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

To book visit: or contact Sue O’Reilly at or call her on 01892 513033.

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