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.

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2016 Bridge Wardens’ Lectures


Kent and East Sussex Heritage Engineering Group

“Historic Bridge Bearings”

14th September, 2016

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


Bearings form a key part of modern bridge construction, transferring the loads and weight of the deck spans to their piers and accommodating the thermal expansion and contraction of the structure.

This lecture will explore the development of bridge bearings from their first recorded use at Menai in the early 19th century. The bearings at Rochester’s Old Bridge, now over 100 years old, will be presented in a case study demonstrating how historic bridge bearings continue to be a valuable asset in the present day.

The lecture will be split into two halves and presented by William Day and Tim Belcher-Whyte of Arcadis, engineers to Rochester Bridge.

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

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