Early medieval records relating to Rochester Bridge can be found in
the Calendars of Inquisitions and Calendars of the Patent Rolls in
The National Archives and
in the bridgework list in the Textus Roffensis (DRc/R1, ff. 164v-5)
at the Medway Archives Office.
Following the construction of the medieval stone bridge during the
last decade of the 14th century, Sir Robert Knolles and Sir John de
Cobham obtained royal patents for the incorporation of the Wardens
and Commonalty of Rochester Bridge. Since that time the records of
Rochester Bridge, beginning with the 14th-century wardens' account
rolls and estate records, have been maintained at the Bridge Chamber.
Records arising from the current business of The Rochester Bridge Trust
continue to be added to the archive. Researchers may consult the Rochester
Bridge archives by appointment with the Bridge Archivist, Dr. James
M. Gibson, at The Bridge Chamber, 5 The Esplanade, Rochester, Kent
ME1 1QE, telephone: 01634 846706, e-mail: