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History is an education

It’s not hard to guess that St Andrew’s House – formerly the Old Deanery – was home to the incumbent Dean of Rochester Cathedral, but that’s not the building’s only history. The building stopped being the Dean’s residence in the 1950s, when it was decided the premises were no longer suitable for that purpose and […]

Engineering expert helps create children’s book

Children will soon have another way to be inspired to become engineers, with the publication of a book created with the help of the Chief Executive of the Rochester Bridge Trust. Usborne’s Lift The Flap Engineering introduces inquisitive minds to some of the different strands of engineering, simply explaining the concepts with examples of real-world […]

Material decision is a tight problem

The preparations for our upcoming refurbishment project involve considering lots of different strands of work, one of which relates to Rochester Esplanade. As regular readers will know, the Trust owns the end of Rochester Esplanade nearest the bridges. We are still developing our designs to improve the area opposite the Bridge Chamber, adding benches and […]

Grant lights up pupils’ potential

Children enjoyed a bright end to their school year thanks to a grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust. Maidstone Grammar School for Girls was given £15,000 to reconnect its lighting equipment to the mains electricity, and a delegation from the Trust visited the school to see the kit being put to good use. Russell Cooper, […]

Delving into the history of St Andrew’s House

As we’ve been working to uncover the physical past in our restoration of St Andrew’s House, here at the Trust we have also become more interested in the social past associated in what will soon be our new extended home. One former inhabitant among the long list of Deans of Rochester – this was The […]

Lane restriction on Rochester New Bridge

Motorists are advised there will be a temporary single lane closure on the New Bridge at Rochester, overnight on Friday, 13th July, to enable essential works to take place. The works are part of a routine maintenance programme for the Service Bridge. They will be carried out by FM Conway, on behalf of the Rochester […]

St Andrew’s House renovation work is going well

Work to conserve and renovate The Old Deanery in Rochester Cathedral is going well, with some interesting features being revealed. The Old Deanery, which will now be known as St Andrew’s… read more →

Celebrating the conservation of Kent’s architectural heritage

The conservation of Kent’s architectural heritage is to be celebrated as part of the Kent Design & Development Awards 2018. The Rochester Bridge Trust is pleased to again sponsor the awards’ Conservation category, which seeks to reward building projects that show an innovative and sensitive approach to refurbishment, conservation, and/or reuse of once redundant, threatened […]

Mission: Bridge demolition training

The Royal Engineers have successfully carried out an overnight exercise in Rochester. Named Exercise Bridge Dem and run by the Royal School of Military Engineering (RSME), the mission was to… read more →

Free talk celebrates 200 years of engineering heritage

Find out more about some of Kent and East Sussex’s most remarkable engineering structures in a free talk. This year is the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Institution of Civil Engineers. To celebrate, the ICE has profiled 200 of the stand-out engineering achievements of the last two centuries, many of which are in […]

Lane restrictions on Rochester Old Bridge

Motorists are advised there will be a temporary single lane closure on the Old Bridge at Rochester, overnight on Tuesday, 5th June, to enable essential works to take place. The works are part of a routine maintenance programme, including the cleaning of expansion joints and road gullies. This will be carried out by FM Conway, […]

Thank you gift in recognition of dedication

Two former Senior Wardens of the Rochester Bridge Trust have received a token of appreciation in recognition of their voluntary service. John Spence and Richard Thornby were presented with lapel badges made by specialist jeweller Thomas Fattorini Ltd during a recent meeting of the Court of Wardens and Assistants. The Senior Warden is usually appointed […]

Medieval charity joins forces with university

One of the country’s oldest charities has teamed up with a university for the mutual benefit of students and engineers. Professor Amir Alani has been appointed the Rochester Bridge Trust Professor in Engineering at the University of West London. A chartered engineer, Prof Alani has more than 24 years’ experience in the higher education sector. […]

Repairs to Rochester Esplanade

A small area of ground has collapsed in a flower bed on Rochester Esplanade. A team of engineers, including Term Maintenance Contractor FM Conway and Bridge Engineer Arcadis, is carrying out investigations and monitoring the site. This will lead to some minor disruption to the parking bays on the Esplanade, while machinery is required. Tim […]

Esplanade investigations – the castle water gate

We’ve already given you the background to the castle water gate, but what exactly have we found and how long has it been there? Investigations are ongoing, but we believe… read more →

Popular talk to reveal history of bridge works

Due to popular demand, members of the public can find out more about a medieval manuscript’s impact on today’s world when a free talk is given a re-run. The lecture was previously presented in January, when more than 100 people attended to find out more about the Bridgeworks List’s important role in the history of […]

Esplanade investigations – what was found

Thank you for your patience while we carried out investigations on the Esplanade. As you will have noticed, the hoarding has now been partially taken down. This is because the… read more →

Soldiers to simulate bridge demolition at Rochester

The Army is returning to Rochester Bridge with an overnight simulation of a demolition exercise. After the success of a previous training exercise in September, the Royal School of Military… read more →

Grant helps uncover hidden art

A donation to a Friends’ group is helping to reveal art that has been hidden for centuries. Found on the upper floors of Eastgate House, the art is a selection… read more →

Token of appreciation for Senior Wardens

Voluntary service of the highest level has been recognised with a formal presentation to former Senior Wardens of the Rochester Bridge Trust. The Senior Warden heads the Court of Wardens and Assistants, the organisation’s board of 12 trustees. Senior Wardens are usually appointed for a two-year term and the post has been held continuously since […]

Learn about the Roman engineers who shaped our world

Find out more about the engineers who, almost 2,000 years ago, were responsible for building the first bridge at Rochester. A free talk by award-winning author Dr Simon Elliott will explain how the engineers of the Roman Army were responsible for the creation of an immense infrastructure network, which can still be traced in today’s […]

Bridge Works exhibition is extended

An exhibition telling the 2,000-year story of Rochester’s bridges and the 600-year-old organisation which now owns and maintains them has been given an extended run, thanks to the popularity of… read more →

A Tribute: Dr James M. Gibson, Bridge Archivist

By Sue Threader, Bridge Clerk Dr James M. Gibson, who died at the age of 70, packed much into his 42-year career. He started out as an academic, carried out much important original research, and went on to become an accomplished historian and archivist for some of the oldest organisations in his adopted home county […]

Victorian window restored with help from the Rochester Bridge Trust

A Victorian church window has been restored and rededicated, with financial help from the Rochester Bridge Trust. The newly-named Diamond Memorial Window in St Martin of Tours at Detling was officially dedicated at a special service on Sunday, 11th March. Among the attendees were the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Viscount De L’Isle and Viscountess De […]

New bursary scheme for agriculture students

Prospective university students could find their studies given a financial boost, thanks to a new bursary scheme. The Rochester Bridge Trust Spence Agricultural Scholarship will grant the recipient £1,500 a year for three or four consecutive years, when studying at the University of Nottingham. The scholarship has been launched in recognition of the work of […]

Rochester bridge refurbishment 2018, advance notice

The Rochester Bridge Trust is preparing to carry out a major refurbishment of Rochester’s bridges, and this blog post is to introduce you to the project, to reassure you and to ask for your patience. The refurbishment will include work on the 104-year-old Old Bridge, the New Bridge and the Service Bridge in between the […]

Congratulations to the finalists of the Education Resources Awards 2018

As the bridge builders of tomorrow, children are very important to the Rochester Bridge Trust, and so it is with great pleasure that we are supporting the Education Resources Awards for the third year running. While all ages need encouraging and supporting, we believe reaching out to primary-aged children is of the utmost importance, because […]

Small grant helps children to learn about bridges

One of the first schools to receive a Rochester Bridge Trust education small grant has now begun teaching children about bridges. Thanks to the money, 30 pupils at St Helen’s Church of England Primary School, Cliffe, are getting to grips with the challenges of practical bridge building. More than £230 was given to the school […]

Lane restrictions on Rochester’s bridges

Motorists are advised there will be temporary single lane closures on the bridges at Rochester, and at the end of the Esplanade, overnight on Wednesday, 24th January, to enable essential works to take place. The works are part of a routine cleaning programme, which has been timed to coincide with a programme of pothole repairs […]

Archivist’s 30 years of service celebrated

A long-standing employee has been recognised for his dedication to the history of one of the country’s oldest charities. Dr James Gibson has been Archivist to the Rochester Bridge Trust for 30 years, during which time he has catalogued the bridge archives, designed the organisation’s first website, and mounted numerous exhibitions of the bridge records. […]

Sympathetic lighting for a listed bridge

When people think about ‘old’ gas lanterns, they tend to imagine a warm orange glow, but that’s not necessarily the reality. Instead, the colour of light produced by a gas lantern was dependent on the mixture of gas being burned, rather than the heat it burned with. Back in 1914, when the Old Bridge was […]

Free talk to reveal history of bridge works

Find out more about a medieval manuscript and its important role in the history of crossing the River Medway during a free talk on Tuesday, 16th January 2018. The Bridgework List… read more →

Footway restrictions on Rochester’s Old Bridge

Pedestrians are advised there will be a temporary footway closure on the Old Bridge at Rochester for two days from Monday, 11th December, to enable essential works to take place. The works are to enable investigations into a street lighting fault and require excavation under the footway. For pedestrian safety, a diversion will be managed […]

New ornate lighting for the Old Bridge

We’ve already mentioned prototype designs for new ornate lighting on our Old Bridge, but why do we need to replace what’s there? There are many reasons, but in brief – just like you occasionally need to re-wire a house – the wiring for the bridge’s lighting is nearing the end of its life. By replacing […]

Bridge Works exhibition is officially open

One of the country’s oldest charities has officially opened an exhibition telling 2,000 years of history. Bridge Works – Crossing the River Medway tells the 600-year story of the Rochester… read more →

Service commemorates six centuries of history

Six hundred years of history were marked when the founders and benefactors of Rochester Bridge were honoured during a special All Souls’ Day service. Held in the Crypt of Rochester… read more →

Lane restrictions on Rochester’s bridges

Motorists are advised there will be temporary single lane closures on the bridges at Rochester overnight on Thursday, 2nd November, to enable essential works to take place. The works are part of a routine cleaning programme and to facilitate the safe installation of the Trust’s Christmas lights. This will be carried out by FM Conway, […]

Esplanade investigations – a delay

As mentioned in our previous update about the Esplanade investigations, work on the site is continuing but progress is slow. It had been thought the investigations were almost complete, however before the area can be sealed and the footpath rebuilt a new foundation needs to be constructed. During the excavations for this foundation, another unexpected […]

Shedding light on new designs

In another step towards our future refurbishment works, we’ve been to see the prototype designs for the improved ornate lighting on the Old Bridge and Esplanade. The purpose of the… read more →

Saffery Champness to work for the Rochester Bridge Trust

A leading accountancy firm has been appointed to advise one of the country’s oldest charities. Saffery Champness, the 12th largest accountancy firm in the UK by fee income, advises more than 300 charities and not-for-profit entities, and that now includes the Rochester Bridge Trust. Paula Puxty, Chief Finance Officer for the Trust, welcomed the new […]

Learn about life during the First World War

A free Bridge Wardens’ Lecture will help listeners to find out more the experience of life during the First World War. Rochester Bridge Trust Assistant Warden Dr Anne Logan will… read more →

Exhibition to reveal mysteries of Bridge Works

A new exhibition will unveil the mysteries of one of the country’s oldest charities. The Rochester Bridge Trust has provided and maintained crossings of the River Medway for more than 600 years – with the first bridge on the site built almost 2,000 years ago – but there is still much that remains unknown about […]

Vacancy: Assistant Warden (unpaid trustee position)

The Rochester Bridge Trust was founded in 1399 and is one of the oldest charities in the country. It was established to provide a free crossing of the River Medway at Rochester, a role which it still fulfils today. As well as providing and maintaining three major estuary bridges, the Trust delivers an award-winning engineering […]

Royal Engineers train on Rochester’s Old Bridge

Did you see the soldiers guarding the bridge overnight recently? At one point there was quite a crowd of spectators, several of whom appear to have been a little disappointed… read more →

Planning to make changes – removal of a plaque

Those with a keen interest in the Old Bridge may be aware the Trust recently put in a listed building consent application to remove a plaque. The plaque in question is found under one of the large lions at the Rochester end of the bridge. As this has been on the Old Bridge since it […]

Two full-time roles created at historic charity

One of the country’s oldest charities has taken on two new members of staff as it expands to meet the demands of a growing workload. Ilona Hurrell has joined the Rochester Bridge Trust team as Contracts and Projects Manager, while Andrew Freeman recently became the new Operations Manager. Sue Threader, the Bridge Clerk and Chief […]

Bridging Medway finalists announced

The finalists of Bridging Medway, the art competition run by Nucleus Arts in partnership with the Rochester Bridge Trust, have now been announced. Artists of all ages were invited to put brush, pen, pencil or pixel to paper to take part in the nationwide competition celebrating connections around the River Medway. The competition was split […]

Esplanade investigations – work is ongoing

We are aware it’s been some time since you’ve been updated about the hoardings near Rochester Castle. The simple reason for this is that there’s not yet anything to say. The location of the site near an historic landmark, busy road and a tidal river means work is being undertaken by a number of agencies […]

Lane restrictions and army training on Rochester’s bridges

Motorists are advised there will be temporary lane closures on the bridges at Rochester overnight during the week beginning 25th September. This is to enable essential works to take place… read more →

Construction experts head up bridge charity

A chartered surveyor and an engineer have been chosen to fill historic roles at one of the country’s oldest charities. Russell Cooper and Phil Filmer have been elected to be… read more →

Ecology survey to build up picture of wild bridge users

As part of long-term plans to give Rochester’s bridges a thorough overhaul, investigations have been taking place to build up an understanding about every aspect of the bridges and how… read more →

Restored painting a significant addition to charity’s collection

Following an extensive period of cleaning by a renowned art expert, the Rochester Bridge Trust has taken receipt of an historically significant painting by 18th century artist John Woolaston. The… read more →

New life for The Old Deanery

A Grade I listed building in the precincts of Rochester Cathedral will be given a new lease of life following a deal struck with one of the country’s oldest charities. The Rochester Bridge Trust is taking a five-year lease to use The Old Deanery as office space for its expanding workforce and to accommodate community […]

Free talk highlights Thomas Telford’s lost project

Bridge Clerk Sue Threader is to give a free lecture about the lost engineering project of Thomas Telford. The Scottish engineer is known for being "The Colossus of Roads", but… read more →

Bridge Clerk a finalist in national charity awards

The Chief Executive of the Rochester Bridge Trust has been shortlisted in the Charity Times Awards, the pre-eminent celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. Sue Threader is one of seven finalists in the Principal of the Year category. She said: “This is the second time I have been shortlisted in […]

Lane restrictions on Rochester’s bridges

Motorists are advised there will be temporary lane closures on the bridges at Rochester overnight on Friday, 28th July, to enable essential works to take place. The works are part of a routine cleaning programme, and will be carried out by FM Conway on behalf of the Rochester Bridge Trust. Single lane closures will be […]

Lane restrictions on Rochester bridge

Motorists are advised there will be a temporary lane closure on the New Bridge at Rochester. The closure will take place at off-peak times for up to two weeks from… read more →

President of the Institution of Civil Engineers visits the Rochester Bridge Trust

The President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) has commended the Rochester Bridge Trust for its commitment to the past, present and future of civil engineering. On 29th June,… read more →

What happened to the stone from the medieval bridge?

Our work is focused on maintaining the bridges at Rochester today, but as the Trust is an historic charity it’s not uncommon for us to end up looking into the… read more →

How do you demolish a medieval bridge?

The medieval bridge stood for 500 years, until the cost of maintenance and the increased road and river traffic led to its eventual replacement in 1856 by the Victorian crossing. A 465-year-old stone arch structure, the medieval bridge rested on huge protective platforms called starlings, consisting of hundreds of piles driven into the riverbed. It […]

Lane restrictions on Rochester’s bridges

Motorists are advised there will be temporary lane closures on the bridges at Rochester overnight next week, from Monday to Thursday, 15-18th May, to enable essential works to take place. The works include kerb realignment and the adjustment of road markings, and will be carried out by FM Conway on behalf of the Rochester Bridge […]

Free film screening to inspire tomorrow’s engineers

Aspiring engineers are being invited to take part in a special screening of an inspirational film as part of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). On Friday, 23rd June, the Rochester Bridge Trust will be hosting a private showing of Hidden Figures, the award-winning film based on the true story of three female African-American mathematicians […]

Artists are inspired to create connections

Artists of all ages are invited to put brush, pen, pencil or pixel to paper and take part in a nationwide competition celebrating connections around the River Medway. The competition is run by Nucleus Arts in partnership with the Rochester Bridge Trust. Its theme is Bridging Medway, and artists are asked to submit a photograph […]

Lane restrictions on Rochester’s bridges

Essential maintenance to the bridges at Rochester is due to take place overnight on Thursday, 27th April. The work, which will be carried out by FM Conway on behalf of the Rochester Bridge Trust, includes cleaning of the expansion joints and perforated kerbs. To facilitate the works, single lane closures will be required on both […]

School trip highlights everyday engineering

A group of schoolchildren has been inspired to become the civil engineers of tomorrow. Almost 40 six and seven-year-olds were taken on an engineering tour of Rochester’s Old Bridge, followed… read more →

The Education Resources Awards 2017

Supporting and inspiring the engineers of tomorrow through a range of education initiatives is one of the many commitments of the Rochester Bridge Trust. An important part of this is recognising the many people, products and organisations that make up the teaching profession, for instance, through sponsorship of the Education Resources Awards. This event celebrates […]

Junior Technology Tournaments launched at Big Bang Fair

Young children are now able to discover the appeal of engineering thanks to a free education initiative launched at the national Big Bang Fair. Junior Technology Tournaments are a nationwide challenge to get children thinking about engineering and have been developed by the Rochester Bridge Trust in partnership with Rotary Great Britain and Ireland. Aileen […]

Young engineers explore inside historic bridge

Four Bridge Wardens’ Scholars and their families have enjoyed a special behind-the-scenes tour of Rochester’s bridges. Brecon, Frederick, Silke and Theodore, were guided over, under and inside the bridges by Tim Belcher-Whyte of bridge engineers Arcadis. This enabled the scholars to experience first-hand the history of engineering and the challenges of maintaining Victorian infrastructure in […]

Medieval charity uses social media to engage with young engineers

The Rochester Bridge Trust, which was founded in 1399, has launched the Exploring Engineering Facebook page as part of its education initiative aimed at inspiring the younger generation. The page, which includes posts for young people of all ages, shares a range of activities and learning resources related to engineering. Trust Education Officer Caroline Chisholm […]

Missing piece

Despite having an extensive archive containing hundreds of years of documents relating to bridge maintenance and construction, there are still one or two minor things we don’t know about the bridges. These are all incidental details that don’t have any impact on the general safety of the bridges, but they are things we would like […]

Engineering education initiative boosted by STEM enthusiast

A former science teacher has brought her skills to the Rochester Bridge Trust’s engineering education initiative. Caroline Chisholm, who has her own business providing science education support and after-school clubs,… read more →

Society wins award for Civic Day

Congratulations to the City of Rochester Society for winning an award at the Civic Voice National Convention. Six awards were presented for achievements during Civic Day, with the City of Rochester Society winning the title for Outstanding Community Engagement. The society was recognised for its Civic Day event on 17th June. Held at Rochester Guildhall […]

Esplanade investigations, ongoing review

It is very clear there is ongoing investigatory work being carried out on the Esplanade near the castle walls. However, sharp-eyed passers-by may also have noticed a depression in the flowerbeds by the river. This marks the spot where a covered tube has been left in the ground, reaching 12m down to the main geological […]

Esplanade investigations – protecting the site

Passers-by will have noticed another change to our excavation site near Rochester Castle, in the form of wooden hoardings. Now the site is enclosed we will be able to excavate material from in front of the sealed up water gate. The covering is mainly to ensure the safety of the public, however as the arch […]

Pedestrian safety

Medway Council is to install temporary barriers at the Rochester end of the New Bridge, following a recent crash. The incident, which involved two cars, caused damage to the railing and parapet alongside the footpath on council-owned land. The barriers will remain in place for the safety of the public until repairs can be carried […]

Introducing three new Bridge Wardens’ Scholars

Three school pupils have been selected for sponsorship by the Rochester Bridge Trust. Selected through the Arkwright scheme, teenagers Silke Heyse, Theodore Macklin and Brecon Hoadley will benefit from mentoring and financial support from the Rochester Bridge Trust while studying for their A-levels. Known as Bridge Wardens’ Scholars, the trio were welcomed by the Trust […]

Esplanade inspections, a possible find – update

Thank you for your patience while we continue to keep an area of footway along the Esplanade closed. We are now able to tell you we appear to have rediscovered the remains of the opening shown to the left of the high wall on this engraving. The find – probably used as water gate – […]

Keeping the bridges clean

An important part of the Trust’s ongoing maintenance programme involves keeping the bridges clean. This is partly to ensure they continue to look smart, but it also gives us the opportunity to review the integrity of the structures and ensure they continue to be safe. Recently, late night drivers will have witnessed some of this […]

Esplanade inspections, a possible find

As mentioned in our previous post, an archaeologist was in attendance for our Esplanade inspection work on Thursday, 3rd November. The archaeologist was on site because of the trial area’s location next to the outer wall of Rochester Castle. We had no idea if we’d find anything, but when in such close proximity to history […]

Lane restrictions on Rochester’s bridges

For three nights from today, Wednesday, 2nd November, there will be temporary off-peak single lane closures on Rochester’s bridges. The closures, which will take place between 9pm and 4am, are part of the Trust’s ongoing maintenance programme. They will see one lane of the Old Bridge closed at a time, as the bow string truss […]

Esplanade inspections, first findings

Our Esplanade investigation work has now been running for just over a week and we appreciate your patience while this is going on. First of all, for those of you wondering what exactly is happening, let’s take a look at the work. Machinery The inspections require the use of two machines. The first is a […]

Inspections on the Esplanade

The Rochester Bridge Trust is known for its ownership of and responsibility for the bridges between Rochester and Strood, but did you know we also own a section of the Esplanade? Walk away from the bridges, along the Esplanade, and you’ll notice an engraving on the Castle wall that reads RB CR. The same engraving […]

Bridge selfie winner announced

We recently asked members of the public to share a bridge selfie next to one of our bridges in support of a campaign run by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). As an incentive, the sender of our favourite selfie would win a voucher towards a meal for two at Topes. We were pleased by […]

The Esplanade, but not as we know it

Did you know the area of the Esplanade near Rochester Castle hasn’t always looked as it does today? When the Victorian bridge replaced the medieval crossing in 1856, the Esplanade was extensively re-shaped and remodelled to accommodate the new location of the bridge. This engraving is dated 1st April, 1811, and shows the true height […]

Esplanade Inspections

As part of the Rochester Bridge Trust’s ongoing maintenance programme, work will shortly begin to inspect areas of Rochester Esplanade near the Bridge Chamber and Castle. The work will involve a series of bore holes and trial pits to the side of the roadway. The inspections will be carried out in phases, running from Monday, […]

Finalists announced in Conservation category of development awards

Four properties have been shortlisted for the newly-created Conservation category of the Kent Design & Development Awards 2016, which is sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust. The category seeks to reward building projects that show an innovative and sensitive approach to refurbishment, conservation and/or reuse of redundant, threatened or underused buildings and structures across the […]

Bridge Clerk’s achievements highlighted by university

The Chief Executive of the Rochester Bridge Trust has joined a growing list of women interviewed to highlight the diversity of people working in engineering. Bridge Clerk Sue Threader has been profiled on the University of Sheffield’s Wall of Women. A graduate of the university’s civil engineering degree, Sue’s profile includes a video interview about […]

Share a bridge selfie and you could win dinner for two

The Institution of Civil Engineers is asking members of the public to share photos of themselves with their favourite bridges in support of a major new exhibition, and the Rochester Bridge Trust is encouraging its own fans to get involved. People are asked to take to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook to post their best #BridgeSelfie […]

Free talk to highlight Roman use of the River Medway

The Romans had a significant impact on the area in which we live – including building the first bridge at Rochester – and now members of the public can find out more in a free lecture. From the mid 1st to the mid 3rd century AD, much of the building material used across South East […]

First scholar is awarded a first class degree

One of the first young people to be supported with a scholarship from the Rochester Bridge Trust has now graduated with a First Class Honours degree. Joshua Mudie, who is from Bexleyheath and attended Dartford Grammar School for Boys, completed his Masters degree in civil engineering after four years of study at the University of […]

Safety boat helps children access the river

Young people can now enjoy even more access to the water, thanks to the purchase of a new safety boat. The vessel has been bought by Hydra Explorer and Network Sea Scout Unit following a grant of more than £10,000 from the Rochester Bridge Trust. The boat – which replaces an old, borrowed vessel – […]

Teacher joins engineering education initiative

The Rochester Bridge Trust has appointed a new Education Officer, completing the new team which will deliver its programme of engineering education projects. Former teacher and school improvement consultant Aileen White brings two decades of educational experience to the Trust, where she will work to encourage adults and children to discover the appeal of civil […]

History in the making

Historians, editors and interested members of the public have celebrated the completion of an ambitious project to highlight the county’s past. After almost a quarter of a century of work, the tenth and final volume of The Kent History Project – Early Medieval Kent – was launched last week at the Kent History and Library […]

Bridge Clerk shortlisted for Charity Times Awards

The Chief Executive of the Rochester Bridge Trust has been named as a finalist in a national award scheme.

Sue Threader is shortlisted in the Principal of the Year category of the Charity Times Awards, which celebrate best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector […]

Lane restrictions on Rochester’s Old Bridge

Medway Council will be carrying out essential works along Strood High Street at off-peak times for one day on 12th July 2016, with a further week of works proposed between 25th July and 5th August. To facilitate the works, single lane closures will be required on the Old Bridge toward Strood. The cycle lane on […]

Family Engineering a great success for Civic Day

Children of all ages learnt to be the bridge builders of the future at a free Family Engineering event. The Rochester Bridge Trust hosted a day of educational activities in the Guildhall Museum as part of the City of Rochester Society’s Civic Day celebrations on 18th June. More than 60 children and adults took part, […]

Celebrating Kent’s design, development and built environment

Kent’s architectural heritage is to be celebrated in a new Conservation category in the Kent Design & Development Awards 2016. Sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust, the category seeks to reward building projects that show an innovative and sensitive approach to refurbishment, conservation, and/or reuse of once redundant, threatened or underused buildings and structures such […]

Works are almost finished

We are pleased to tell you the main part of the workshop wall is now complete. All that remains is to remove the props and fill the gaps before we reinstate the material in the trench. This work should be complete in the next few weeks. We appreciate your patience while we carried out these […]

Enjoy Family Engineering fun for Civic Day

As part of the City of Rochester Society’s Civic Day celebrations, families are invited to enjoy free bridge building activities at the Guildhall Museum, provided by the Rochester Bridge Trust. The activities, which are among a number of events across Medway on Saturday, 18th June, will give children and adults the opportunity to learn about […]

New appointment to bring forward engineering education

The Rochester Bridge Trust has appointed its first Education Officer to bring forward its engineering education initiatives. Former science and physics teacher Sharron Mackenzie’s role includes organising and hosting bridge building activities to promote the potential of civil engineering as a career. Bridge Clerk Sue Threader explained: “One of the Trust’s objectives is to inspire […]

Advance notice of works

As part of the Trust’s ongoing maintenance of the bridge and surrounding area we will soon begin to carry out ground investigations on the Esplanade at Rochester. The aim of these works is to ensure we have the most up-to-date information available ahead of future reconditioning of the Trust-owned parts of the Esplanade and river […]

Constructing the arches

Passers-by at the Strood end of the Old Bridge will see there has been good progress on the workshop walls. As well as the first major sections of wall now being complete, we have also completed construction of the first arch. The principles of building an arch are the same whether for a bridge or […]

Traffic management on Rochester’s Old Bridge

On Wednesday, 18th May, there will be a temporary off-peak single lane closure on the Old Bridge. The closure, which will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm, is part of the Trust’s ongoing maintenance programme. The work, which has to take place in daylight, has been timed to minimise disruption to road-users.

New book celebrates Capability Brown in Kent

A book highlighting the local works of one of the 18th century’s greatest landscape gardeners is being published by Kent Gardens Trust, with the support of the Rochester Bridge Trust. Capability Brown in Kent commemorates the 300th anniversary of the influential gardener’s birth and looks at the five sites he was responsible for in the […]

Lane restrictions on Rochester’s bridges

Essential maintenance to the bridges at Rochester is due to take place overnight on Thursday, 28th April. The work, which will be carried out by FM Conway on behalf of the Rochester Bridge Trust, includes cleaning of the expansion joints and perforated kerbs. To facilitate the works, single lane closures will be required on both […]

Awards shortlisting for Bridge Clerk

Bridge Clerk Sue Threader has been shortlisted in the Institute of Directors’ London and South East Director of the Year Awards 2015. The awards were open to all directors from the private, public and voluntary sectors across the whole of London and the South East. Mrs Threader is one of three people shortlisted in the […]

The bricks in numbers

On Monday, the first brick was laid for the new façade. As previously mentioned, the bricks being used are Sevenoaks Yellow Stock and Staffordshire Blue Brindle Smooth. Here are a few statistics about the wall we are now building: Above ground level, the highest point will be 3.2m, with the area of bricks above ground […]

Workshop walls: progress report

It’s been a week or two since we’ve updated you on the works to the workshop walls, and work is progressing well. General repairs are still being undertaken, along with preparations for the new facing. A foundation trench has been excavated as part of these works to allow a drainage system to be installed. This […]

The Museums + Heritage Awards

As a medieval bridge charity, founded in 1399, the Rochester Bridge Trust has a long history and keen interest in restoration and maintenance of historic structures, buildings and artefacts. The Trust also has an historic archive and collections of art, furniture and other artefacts which it puts on display to the public as part of […]

Children enjoy the challenge of bridge building

Soldiers pitted their wits against schoolchildren during a day of bridge building fun at the Royal Engineers Museum. The fun day out of the classroom saw around 40 children from schools across Medway enjoying a range of talks and activities. It ended with an annual bridge building competition when soldiers competed against pupils as the […]

Apply for a share in grant funding

Organisations from across Kent as well as parts of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and West Sussex are invited to apply for grants worth £200 to £25,000 from one of the country’s oldest charities. The Rochester Bridge Trust has opened a new round of grant schemes for 2016 and welcomes applications related to heritage structures; history and agriculture; […]

Bricks reveal a glimpse of history

The bridge we have today is a reconstruction of the Victorian bridge designed by Sir William Cubitt and the structure now revealed would have been built at the same time – more than 150 years ago. The sandy brown bricks which can now be seen give a glimpse of how part of that bridge might […]

The Education Resources Awards

One of the Rochester Bridge Trust’s main challenges is to ensure there will be enough skilled, experienced civil engineers to continue to maintain the bridges for centuries to come. Such a challenge is one of the reasons the engineering education website and associated learning materials exist, it also means the Trust appreciates the efforts others […]

Behind the workshop wall

As passers-by will know, the facing wall at the Strood end of the bridge has now been taken down. As would be expected with any restoration work, it’s revealed a few surprises. Pre-work trials had suggested the hidden brickwork was in good condition and supported the parapet above, but the keen observer will note temporary […]

Enforced closures of Rochester bridges

To facilitate Medway Council’s resurfacing works in Strood, there will be two overnight closures of the approach roads to the Rochester bridges. On Monday, 14th March, there will be no access to either bridge between Rochester and Strood from 9pm until 5.30am. Then on Tuesday, 15th March, access to the Old Bridge carrying traffic from […]

Discover the history of bridges

Learn about bridges and their important part in our lives at a free talk being hosted jointly by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Among the earliest structures in human history, the need for bridges has led to constant innovation and ingenuity, as will be revealed during the evening event […]

Fellowship presented to Bridge Clerk

The chief executive of a Rochester charity has been recognised with the highest grade of membership offered by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Sue Threader, who is Bridge Clerk for the Rochester Bridge Trust, has been named a fellow of the ICE, a recognition reserved for civil engineers who have made a big contribution […]

Sourcing the right bricks for the workshop walls

In order to sympathetically replace the bricks in the workshop walls, research has been done to source the most appropriate materials. Two of the sample panels are pictured here. Photo Credits: FM Conway The wall is currently constructed from Gault Yellow bricks, however these are not possible to replicate and reclaimed bricks of this type […]

Windmills, railways and Rochester Bridge: free talk celebrates the life and works of Sir William Cubitt

Members of the public are invited to learn more about one of the most versatile but often overlooked civil engineers of the mid-19th century, who for a time was official… read more →

Hero remembered in window rededication service

Three ancient stained glass panels have been restored in memory of a First World War hero and former Warden of the Rochester Bridge Trust. The work on the Filmer Armorial… read more →

How will the public be affected by works to the workshop wall?

The works to replace the workshop walls – which will begin imminently – are due to take place over several months. There should be minimal disturbance to the public and… read more →

Replacing the wall – explaining Option 3

As the most aesthetically pleasing option – and the one most likely to obtain listed building consent – the removal and reconstruction of the whole wall was chosen as the… read more →

Fixing the wall – outlining the three options

After many years of research, a considered response was required to select the most suitable solution to fix the damaged wall. This led to three options being put forward: Previous patchwork… read more →

Introducing the damaged wall

Where the Old Bridge runs over land in Strood, a series of arches are built into the brickwork. These arches house a number of Trust workshops and stores, and passers-by… read more →

Vacancy for an Education Officer

As part of its work, the Rochester Bridge Trust is committed to promoting awareness and understanding of civil engineering among young people, families and teachers. A range of projects is… read more →

Welcome to the Bridge Engineer’s Blog

This section of the website will focus on all aspects of the Rochester Bridge Trust’s monitoring and maintenance programme, from minor cleaning to major works. Until now, lane closures and… read more →

Free talk reflects on a life in the law

Members of the public are invited to an evening of reflection as a solicitor shares highlights from his 50-year career. Michael Bailey’s talk will launch the Rochester Bridge Trust’s programme… read more →

Annual report 2014-15

View the Annual Report of the Rochester Bridge Trust for 2014-15.

Centenary Event Reveals Engineering History

A forthcoming lecture will reveal a little known fact about one of Kent’s bridges and establish the county’s place in engineering history. The free event, being held by Kent and East Sussex Heritage Engineering Group, will celebrate the centenary of Bow Bridge in Wateringbury. Re-built in 1915, following a joint project between the local district […]

Bridge Trust opens its doors for Heritage Open Days

The Rochester Bridge Trust will open its doors to the public for two days this September. For Heritage Open Days weekend, the Trust will be granting free access to the 14th century bridge chapel and Victorian bridge chamber, offering a rare opportunity for visitors to tour the historic buildings that are the Trust’s working offices. […]

K’Nex Kits to be Won in Bridge Drawing Competition

Budding young bridge designers are invited to take part in a school holiday competition. Rochester Bridge Trust’s friendly mascot Langdon the Lion is asking anyone aged 16 and under to send him their drawings of bridges. The picture doesn’t have to be of Rochester Bridge. It can be any real or make-believe bridge. His favourite […]

Lane Closures on Rochester Bridge

Overnight on Thursday, 30th July, there will be single lane closures on both the Old Bridge and the New Bridge at Rochester to enable the annual cleaning of the expansion joints of both bridges, as well as cleaning of the kerb drainage on the New Bridge (Rochester-bound). To minimise disruption, just one lane from each […]

Honorary Doctorate for Bridge Clerk

The Chief Executive of Rochester Bridge Trust has been recognised with an honorary doctorate. Chartered civil engineer Sue Threader received a Doctor of Science award from the University of West London’s School of Computing and Technology on Wednesday, 22 July, during a graduation ceremony at Wembley Stadium. The award recognises Mrs Threader’s work to inspire […]

Court Elects New Wardens

New Wardens of Rochester Bridge were elected at a Special Meeting of the Wardens and Assistants held at the Bridge Chamber on 1 June 2015. Alan Jarrett stepped up from Junior Warden to Senior Warden, and Russell Cooper was chosen as the new Junior Warden, both having been elected for two-year terms ending in May […]

Discover the Engineering in Everything

Engineering – it’s in everything, and now you can find out how at a free event for all ages. Rochester Bridge Trust and the University of Greenwich have teamed up to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day on 23 June, in the Pembroke Wardroom of the university’s Medway Campus. Starting with a traditional cream tea, […]

FM Conway to Maintain Rochester Bridge

A five-year contract to maintain the bridges over the Medway at Rochester has been awarded to FM Conway, a leading infrastructure services company. The Kent-based construction business, which has its headquarters in Dartford, will be responsible for the upkeep of the iconic Grade II listed Old Bridge, the 1970s New Bridge and the Service Bridge, […]

Trust Named on Kent Awards Shortlists

The Rochester Bridge Trust has been shortlisted in two Kent awards schemes. The inaugural Kent Digital Awards celebrate endeavours in the virtual world, while the Kent Excellence in Business Awards (KEiBA) are judged according to the management and organisational achievements of the entrants. For the Kent Digital Awards the Trust’s websites have been shortlisted twice: […]

New Group Investigates Engineering Heritage

The Kent & East Sussex Branch of the Historical Engineering Group of the Institution of Civil Engineers will hold its inaugural meeting at Rochester Cathedral on Tuesday, 2nd June 2015. Edward Morton, specialist conservation engineer, will give the inaugural address entitled “The Engineering Challenges of Cathedrals.” The medieval cathedrals of England, which date from between […]

Building Bridges between Children and Engineering

Pupils from a Sidcup school emerged triumphant in this year’s Bridge Building Contest at the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham. The five-strong Benedict House team beat off competition from eight other schools at the event, which is now in its 11th year. Joining in the fun on Thursday, 19th March, were soldiers from the Royal […]

Engineering Scholars Examine Bridge

Arkwright Scholars sponsored by Rochester Bridge Trust received a tour over, under, and within Rochester Bridge. The behind-the-scenes tour, led by Tim Belcher-Whyte of Hyder Consulting, the engineer for the Rochester Bridge Trust, gave three sixth-form students the opportunity to learn more about the importance of civil engineering. “The scholars had a chance to take […]

Lane restrictions at Rochester Bridge

Essential road repairs will lead to two overnight lane closures on and near Rochester Bridge this week. On the night of Tuesday, 17 February, part of the Esplanade adjacent to Castle Hill corner will be closed. Then on Wednesday, 18 February, one lane of Rochester New Bridge will be closed. In order to minimise disruption […]

Lane Restrictions on Rochester Old Bridge

Essential repairs to the Strood-bound Old Bridge over the Medway are due to begin on Monday (January 12). The work includes concrete and metalwork repairs to the service area located at the Rochester end of the bridge. It is expected the works will be completed within two weeks. Traffic management will be required, with the […]

Trust Sponsors New Bridge Wardens’ Scholars

The Rochester Bridge Trust announced its sponsorship of two new Arkwright Scholars at the 2014 Arkwright Awards Ceremony in London on 31 October. This year’s recipients, sixth form students Adam Lord from Trinity School in Croydon and Åsa Löfstedt from Putney High School GDST, will be known as Bridge Wardens’ Scholars. Arkwright Scholars are selected […]

Lane Closure on Rochester Esplanade Extended

Essential repair work on Rochester Esplanade is set to continue until the middle of next week. Following repairs to a sewage pipe, Southern Water is rebuilding the ground above. Traffic controls will continue to be implemented between 7:30am and 5:00pm to allow crews to carry out the work in safety. A spokesman for Rochester Bridge […]

Bridge Wardens’ Scholar on Course to Fulfil Engineering Ambition

The Rochester Bridge Trust’s latest Bridge Wardens’ Engineering Scholar, Helen Phillips from Bromley, is closer to her dream career after embarking on the first year of a four-year Civil Engineering degree course at Bristol University. The Trust identifies suitable candidates to support through the national charity, the Arkwright Scholarships Trust. Helen, 18, a former student […]

Lane closure on Rochester Esplanade

Essential repairs to a sewage pipe will lead to a partial lane closure along Rochester Esplanade during half term week. The works by Southern Water will see a flower bed dug up to access the underground pipe on the river side of the road opposite the castle and Rochester Bridge Trust. From Monday, 27th October, […]

Bridge Wardens Visit Kent Estate

The Trust owns three major bridges across the Medway at Rochester – the two A2 road bridges and a service bridge which carries pipes and cables across the river. The maintenance and management if these bridges is carried out at no cost to the public by the Trust using its own funds derived from donations […]

Restoration of Iconic Short Brothers’ Floatplane

A rare Scion Floatplane built in Kent by Short Brothers – the aviation pioneers – is being restored, thanks to the Rochester Bridge Trust. The Trust has presented Medway Aircraft Preservation Society’s team of volunteers with a grant of £40,000 to bring the historic aircraft back to its former glory. The Scion Floatplane G-AEZF, one […]

Rochester Bridge Trust Shortlisted for Award

Centuries of engineering pedigree have seen the Rochester Bridge Trust shortlisted for a 2014 Charity of the Year award. Tasked with maintaining historic road and service bridges since 1399, The Rochester Bridge Trust has utilised the expertise of a long list of illustrious engineers, including John Rennie, Thomas Telford, Sir William Cubitt, and Cecil Howard […]

Historic River Wall Cleaning Underway

The Rochester Bridge Trust’s major cleaning, inspection and repairs programme for its historic river embankments has started. A team of specialists is currently washing off and inspecting river walls on the Strood embankment of the River Medway. The team, and their work platform on a telescopic arm, will move to the Rochester side of the […]

Exhibition Celebrates Creative Solutions for Designing the Future

Creative solutions to some of the biggest challenges of the next 20 to 100 years, featuring the work of almost 200 pupils from nine Kent secondary schools, are now on display at the Designing The Future exhibition, which runs until July 10 at No1 Smithery, at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The students attended a series […]

Centenary Award for Rochester Bridge Trust

Rochester Bridge Trust’s work over the last 100 years has been marked with the awarding of a commemorative plaque. Presented by the City of Rochester Society (CoRS), the plaque recognises the Trust’s contribution to conservation within the city over the last 100 years. The award was made on 14 May 2014 during the centenary celebrations […]

Trust Commissions Inspection of Historic River Walls

The Rochester Bridge Trust has commissioned a major inspection of, and repairs to, its historic river embankments. As tides permit, a team of specialists will use a large underbridge unit with a work platform on a telescopic arm reaching over the side of the river wall and down to the riverbed level. They will remove […]

Michael Lewis, DL (1933-2014)

With regret we report the death of Michael Lewis during the night of 14/15 May 2014. Earlier that day, the Trust had been celebrating the one hundredth anniversary of the re-opening of the reconstructed Rochester Bridge. It was a sad, but in many ways appropriate, day for his passing, since for much of his professional […]

Sculptor of Old Bridge Lions Revealed

During the centenary year marking the reconstruction of the Rochester Old Bridge, the identity of the sculptor who created the four impressive lions for the bridge has finally been revealed.… read more →

The Problem with Pigeons

The Rochester Bridge Trust is facing an increasingly urgent and expensive problem caused by pigeons. Feral pigeons are descended from rock pigeons that naturally roost on sheltered ledges. The road bridges at Rochester, which are owned and maintained by the Trust, provide excellent roosting ledges for pigeons, especially underneath the carriageway. The problem is not […]

New Lamps for Old Bridge

The proposed Old Bridge Refurbishment works due to start in Autumn 2014 will include the restoration of the historical street lighting apparatus and replacement of the existing contemporary lighting with replica historical lighting equipment. To facilitate the proposed refurbishment works some advance investigations are necessary to determine whether the old and new lighting equipment are […]

Revealing Lady Darnley’s Corset

During an additional Old Bridge centenary lecture on Wednesday, April 2, costume detective and specialist dressmaker Meridith Towne will share the secrets of the outfit and underwear worn by Lady Darnley when she officially opened the reconstructed Rochester Old Bridge in May 1914. Following overwhelming demand, The Rochester Bridge Trust has asked Ms Towne to […]

Search for the Roman Bridge

Every few years the Rochester Bridge Trust undertakes a bathymetric survey of the riverbed under Rochester Bridge. The survey employs a vessel-mounted sonar to detect the depth of the riverbed and check for any undermining of the bridge piers and foundations. The Port of London Authority (PLA) surveying team undertook the latest survey for the […]

Tunnels Open Pupils’ Eyes to Wartime School Life

Primary pupils are enjoying a taste of school life during the Second World War in the grounds of Maidstone Grammar School for Girls. With support of a grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust, the school has opened up six classroom areas in its Second World War bunker. Andy Browne, director of resources at Maidstone Grammar […]

Progress Report on New Gas Main

In September, Southern Gas Networks (SGN) commenced work on a project to upgrade the local gas supply network in Rochester. The existing supply main, carried by the Rochester Old Bridge, has reached the end of its useful life. A new main, laid across the river in the Service Bridge, is now in the final stages […]

Overnight Lane Closure on Rochester Bridge

There will be off-peak single lane closures on Rochester Old Bridge from 9.30am to 3pm on Tuesday, 15 October, and Wednesday, 16 October, for engineering works. A traffic management scheme will be in place. Rochester Old Bridge carries traffic westbound from Rochester to Strood. For further media information, please contact Philip Jones, or Delphine Houlton, […]

Gas upgrade in the pipeline for Rochester as part of £500,000 project

Southern Gas Networks (SGN) has begun work to upgrade the local gas supply network in Rochester. The existing metal gas main, which is carried across the Medway on Rochester Old Bridge, has come to the end of its useful life. We will be replacing the existing strategic metal pipe with plastic (polyethylene) and steel pipe, […]

Fort’s Historic Munitions Set for Display

An exhibition featuring important elements of Fort Amherst’s historic ordnance collection will open later this year thanks to a £1,800 grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust. The Fort Amherst Trust will showcase a broad display of local and national pieces, until now kept under wraps due to lack of funding. Items include Napoleonic-era experimental cannons […]

Overnight Lane Closure on Rochester Bridge

There will be overnight single lane closures on Rochester Bridge on Tuesday, 30 July 2013, and on Saturday, 10 August 2013. On Tuesday, 30 July, one lane of the Old Bridge, carrying traffic westward from Rochester to Strood, will be closed from 8:00 p.m. and reopened ahead of the Wednesday morning rush hour. On 10 […]

Overnight Lane Closure on Rochester New Bridge

One lane of the Rochester New Bridge carrying traffic eastwards from Strood to Rochester over the River Medway will be closed overnight on Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20. Full traffic management systems will be in place on both days from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. for essential cleaning and maintenance work to be […]

Gothic Window Restored Thanks to Trust Grant

A church window dating back to the 14th century is being restored thanks in part to a £1,000 grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust. The stonework of the damaged window at St Mary’s Church, Chiddingstone, is currently being repaired with wealden sandstone. This painstaking work is expected to be completed by the end of June. […]

Trust Wins Award for Bridging Gap between Schools, Engineering, and History

The Rochester Bridge Trust has won an award for its work promoting civil engineering and the history of bridges at schools in Kent. The Steve Tebb Schools Outreach Award was presented to representatives of the Rochester Bridge Trust by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Senior Vice President, Geoff French, during a ceremony held at […]

Trust Lays Foundation For Eastgate House Wall Research

The Rochester Bridge Trust has paved the way for heritage experts to probe further into a patch of mysterious paintings and scrollwork recently uncovered at Eastgate House. The Trust presented the Friends of Eastgate House with a £2,000 grant to help the preservation team to delve deeper into the partially revealed details, found on sections […]

Trust Supports Restoration of Pugin’s Church

A Ramsgate church’s restoration fund has been given a boost by the Rochester Bridge Trust. The Friends of St Augustine’s Church preservation campaign received a £1,400 grant from the Trust to help pay for the restoration of the historic building’s stained glass windows as well as the metal and stonework surrounds. This painstaking and specialist […]

Church Set to Restore Historic Door Thanks to Trust Grant

A worn wooden door dating back to the 14th century will be restored to its former glory thanks to a £1,000 grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust. The decaying west door at All Saints’ Church, Graveney, near Faversham, has stood for more than 600 years, but has suffered gradual wear and tear and is now […]

Rochester Bridge Trust Appoints Rathbones

The Rochester Bridge Trust has appointed award-winning Rathbone Investment Management (Rathbones) to oversee its financial investment portfolio. The Trust, founded at the end of the 14th century, still serves its original purpose of providing bridges over the River Medway at Rochester in perpetuity. The Trust has full responsibility for maintaining the two road bridges and […]

A2 Lane Closure on Rochester Old Bridge

The old Rochester Bridge, which carries traffic westbound from Rochester to Strood, will be affected by essential repair work being undertaken by Southern Gas Networks on Tuesday, April 23. The outside lane of the bridge, near Esplanade, will be closed from 9.30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for repairs to a gas main. Hyder Consulting, Bridge […]

Trust Grant Re-launches Seafaring Schools Programme

Thousands of pupils will now get hands-on experience at the Historic Dockyard in Chatham each year thanks to a £3,000 grant from The Rochester Bridge Trust. The Trust’s community grant has supported the Dockyard’s re-launch of its seafaring-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) schools programme. The former naval dockyard first launched its STEM programmes, […]

Trust Supports Cathedral Restoration Work

In 2006, the Rochester Bridge Trust committed funding of £250,000 over a number of years to support restoration work to the historic fabric of Rochester Cathedral. To date, two major projects have been completed. The first comprised stonework repairs and other restoration work to the Lady Chapel and South Transept. The Trust was particularly pleased […]

Schools Rise to Bridge Building Challenge

Young engineers from Luton Junior School, Chatham, took top honours at the annual bridge building competition sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust and held at the Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham. Pupils from Riverview Junior School, Gravesend, took second place, and Byron Primary School, Gillingham, were third. The five-strong school teams were treated to a day […]

Sue Shares her Enthusiasm for Building Bridges

Sue Threader, a professional civil engineer and Bridge Clerk to the historic Rochester Bridge Trust, has been passing on her skills to pupils at Benedict House Preparatory School, Sidcup. Mrs Threader has been running an after-school club on bridge building for the pupils sharing her enthusiasm for engineering and construction. “We took a really hands-on […]

Pupils Discover the Secrets of Bridge Building

Young engineers at Brompton-Westbrook Primary School were shown the secrets of bridge building when they were joined by representatives of Hyder Consulting – the official Bridge Engineer for the Rochester Bridge Trust. David Miller and Chloe Stearn, of Hyder Consulting, worked with pupils to build a bridge, test its strength and examine the theory behind […]

River Inspires Art For Life Mosaics and Exhibition

A series of three mosaics designed and created by members of the Medway Art for Life group have been presented to The Rochester Bridge Trust. Helen Corbett, the Trust’s Chief Finance Officer, received the mosaics at the official opening of the Art for Life exhibition celebrating the River Medway, at Chatham Nucleus Arts Centre. Art […]

University Welcomes Aspiring Arkwright Engineers

Experiments with ground-penetrating radar and computer-aided design to create prototype models were just two of many treats enjoyed by aspiring young engineers and designers when they visited the University of Greenwich at Medway. The GCSE and A-level students from Kent and Medway schools took part in an engineering experience day organised by The Arkwright Scholarships […]

Rochester Bridge Trust Aids Medway Queen Restoration

The Rochester Bridge Trust has made a £1,500 community grant to the Medway Queen Preservation Society to reconstruct a bow rudder for the Medway Queen. The paddle steamer, which was built specifically for services on the River Medway and the Thames, is the only surviving estuary paddle steamer in the UK. The Medway Queen, which […]

Local Arkwright Scholars Backed by Trust

The Rochester Bridge Trust is supporting two outstanding local school students hoping to pursue careers in engineering: Reece McAllister, of Chatham Grammar School for Boys, and Helen Phillips, of Bromley High School. During their final two years at school this support will include opportunities to meet leading engineers and find out more about the profession […]

Arkwright Scholars Attend ICE

Past and present Bridge Wardens Scholars visited the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) at One Great George Street, Westminster, on Wednesday, 19 December. Before a luncheon hosted by the Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Bridge Clerk, the scholars were given a guided tour of the library, board room, lecture theatres, and the Great Hall. From […]

Orchestra ONE Wins Art Award

Orchestra ONE (Orchestra of New Experiences), funded by the Rochester Bridge Trust, has won the Music Award in the Medway Culture and Design Awards 2012. Organised by music education charities Kent Music and Rhythmix, Orchestra ONE offers 12 – 19 year olds from all musical backgrounds the chance to work together to create and perform […]

GAS MAIN REPAIRS ROCHESTER BRIDGE – A2 LANE CLOSURE

Southern Gas Networks will close the offside lane of Rochester Old Bridge, carrying the A2 from Rochester to Strood, from 9.30am to 3.30pm on Tuesday, December 4, and Wednesday, December 5. Delays are expected during busy periods. Southern Gas Networks are undertaking work to repair a gas main adjacent to the Old Bridge. The work […]

GAS MAIN INSPECTION ROCHESTER BRIDGE – A2 LANE CLOSURE

Southern Gas Networks will close the offside lane of Rochester Old Bridge, carrying the A2 from Rochester to Strood, from 9.30am on Wednesday, November 28. Delays are expected during busy periods. Southern Gas Networks are inspecting the gas main, which runs alongside the Old Bridge, for a suspected leak. A spokesman for Rochester Bridge Trust […]

TRAFFIC NOTICE EMERGENCY REPAIRS ROCHESTER BRIDGE

The offside lane of Rochester Old Bridge, which carries the A2 from Rochester to Strood, will be closed on Monday, November 26, from 10:00 a.m. while emergency repairs are undertaken. Delays are to be expected during busy periods. In a change to the previous announcement of an all-day closure, the Bridge Engineer Hyder Consulting has […]

Assistant Warden Mike Snelling

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Assistant Warden Mike Snelling. Senior Warden Russell Race said: “This terrible news has come as a great shock, and my thoughts are with Mike’s family at this difficult time. Mike was a committed member of this ancient organisation and always gave the best of […]

Rochester Bridge Trust Community Grants Inspire Young Engineers and Conserve Historic Buildings

The Bridge Clerk Sue Threader announced today the distribution of just under £25,000 in Rochester Bridge Trust Community Grants to inspire young Kent engineers and scientists and to repair significant features in some of the county’s most historic buildings. The Historic Dockyard Chatham is set to receive £3,000 towards the cost of equipment for a […]

Historic Medway Bus Restoration

The Rochester Bridge Trust has awarded a £4,500 community grant to The Friends of Chatham Traction to restore an historic Gardner engine. Work on the engine, which will power a restored 1939 Bristol K5G double-deck bus registered GKE 68, is being undertaken at Tivoli Manufacturing in Chartham. The Friends of Chatham Traction are restoring the […]

Bridge Model Gallery Celebrates Engineering Excellence

The Brompton Bridge Study Centre has now opened its doors to engineers and bridge enthusiasts at the Royal Engineers Museum. Development of the study centre and bridge model gallery, which cost more than £200,000, was supported with grants from the Rochester Bridge Trust of £10,000 in 2007 and £15,000 in 2009. The charity’s Bridge Clerk, […]

Rochester Bridge Trust Begins Restoration Work

The Rochester Bridge Trust is currently undertaking restoration works of the Kent peg tile roof and the Victorian Burt & Potts metal frame windows of the Bridge Chamber at 5, Esplanade, Rochester. The project commenced on 6th August 2012 and is expected to take ten weeks to complete with anticipated cost to the Trust in […]

Science Proves a Hit with Students

Hundreds of Maidstone pupils came face-to-face with the world of science and engineering when they took part in this year’s Growing Scientist Expo at The Historic Dockyard Chatham. The event, which was sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust, featured a range of exhibits designed to show students the practical applications of science-related subjects. The displays […]

Knollys Rose Ceremony

The Junior Warden, Tony Goulden, and Bridge Clerk, Mrs Sue Threader, of the Rochester Bridge Trust were honoured to be invited as guests to an ancient ceremony in the City of London. The Knollys Rose Ceremony is held in June each year and is organised by the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River […]

TRUST APPOINTS NEW BRIDGE ENGINEER

The Rochester Bridge Trust has appointed Hyder Consulting (UK) Limited to act as its new Bridge Engineer to advise the Trust on maintaining and improving the three bridges the Trust owns across the River Medway at Rochester. Hyder Consulting will be responsible for asset management, monitoring and inspection, provision of structural and highway engineering advice […]

US Air Force Veterans Visit Rochester

US Air Force veterans paid a flying visit to Medway during a trip to the UK to commemorate colleagues killed during the Second World War. Rochester Bridge Trust hosted the five veterans from 457th Bomb Group at a special lunch in the Trust’s medieval chapel. They had earlier been given a tour of the Cathedral […]

COMPLETION OF OLD BRIDGE REPAIRS

The Rochester Bridge Trust is pleased to announce that the recent repair work to the Grade II listed Old Bridge at Rochester has been completed. Over the past few weeks damage caused by road traffic collisions and vandalism has been repaired. The work included replacing a granite block and carrying out significant repairs to one […]

Lane Closures for Repairs to Old Rochester Bridge

Dave Rowe from Mott MacDonald Limited, principal engineer for the portico repairs to the Old Bridge, has announced the following schedule of works that will necessitate limited lane closures on the upstream side of Rochester Bridge between 8 May and 21 May 2012: Tuesday, 8 May (9:30-15:30) Traffic management will be put in place after […]

Schools Bridge the Gap

Youngsters from Riverside Primary School in Gillingham walked off with the top honours in this year’s Bridge Building Challenge, which was sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust at the Royal Engineers Museum on Friday, 9 March. Using just some string, four drawing pins, two lengths of dowel, three short paper sticks, a few pieces of […]

Solar Rig Helps Apprentices Shine

Thanks to a grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust, two plumbing and heating engineering students at MidKent College have learned to install the latest low-carbon technologies and have recently been recognised as among the best apprentices in the country. Paul Hopper, of Swanscombe, and Richard Pettitt, of Rochester, have both gained national apprenticeship awards to […]

Update on Old Bridge Repair

Drivers and pedestrians crossing Rochester Old Bridge will have noticed scaffolding and sheeting in place on one of the porticos. Some of the 100-year-old stonework was damaged by a vehicle, and works are in progress to replace the damaged section. Scaffolding was erected in February, and the top of the portico was removed with the […]

Orchestra ONE Takes To The Stage

Young musicians from Kent and Medway will be taking to the stage at the New Line Learning Academy, Maidstone, for their second public performance as Orchestra ONE (Orchestra of New Experiences) – on Sunday, April 1. An innovative two-year project sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust, Orchestra ONE is bringing young people with different abilities […]

Bridge Trust Calls for Community Grant Bids

The Rochester Bridge Trust is inviting applications from charities and charitable organisations to the first round of its 2012 community grants programme. Applications are welcome from across the historic county of Kent including the boroughs of Greenwich, Bromley, Bexley and Lewisham. Grants are also available to organisations in Holme with Conington, Cambridgeshire, where the Kent-based […]

Rochester Firm Wins Trust Award

Congratulations to GeKu Automation, one of the winners at this year’s Medway Business Awards. The high tech robotics company’s engineering excellence and commitment to training young people won the special award sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust. The prize of £200 and a trophy made by the Trust’s craftsmen were presented to Rochester-based GeKu Automation […]

Rochester Bridge Trust Supports Medway Artists

Art for Life, a Medway charity that helps people with learning difficulties and disabilities to develop their artistic flair, has been given a £2,000 grant by The Rochester Bridge Trust. The money will go towards the cost of producing works of art for an exhibition based around the theme of the River Medway. Art for […]

Bridge Trust Restores Colourful Royal Arms

The colourful Queen Anne Royal Arms in St Laurence Church, Hougham near Dover, have been restored, thanks to a community grant from The Rochester Bridge Trust. St Laurence Church is a Grade 1 listed building with 12th-century origins and Victorian alterations. The Queen Anne Arms, displayed on the north wall of the north aisle, date […]

TRUST PLANTS SEEDS OF SUCCESS

A new garden at a centre supporting young people at risk of homelessness is now flourishing with the help of a £3,000 community grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust. Just 12 months ago the neglected, concrete yard at the back of the Lighthouse Project, Warwick Road, Cliftonville, run by the Kenward Trust was not a […]

Former Maths Pupils Add New Bridge Trust Roles

Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School old boys Russell Race and Tony Goulden have been appointed Senior Warden and Junior Warden respectively of the Rochester Bridge Trust. The role of Bridge Warden dates back to the 14th century and carries with it the responsibility for maintaining a crossing over the river Medway at Rochester at no […]

Maidstone Students Get Fired Up on Science

Pupils from eight Maidstone secondary schools will soon be trying their hands at anything from making gunpowder to building a racing car and beekeeping as part of a two-year science programme. The Growing Scientist Project is being sponsored by the Rochester Bridge Trust and aims to engage up to 1,000 pupils a year in science, […]

Rochester Bridge Trust Grant Renews Historic Link

Historic ties between the Rochester Bridge Trust and Nettlestead have been renewed with a grant to the parish’s medieval church of St. Mary the Virgin, a Grade 1 listed building, for the restoration of a 17th-century memorial. The monument depicts Lady Katherine Scott, wife of Sir John Scott of Nettlestead Place, both of whom died […]

ROCHESTER BRIDGE TRUST GRANT TO FUND EDUCATION CENTRE IN BLUE TOWN

Young people in Sheppey will be able to take a hands-on approach to discovering their heritage and their history, thanks to a grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust. The Trust, one of the oldest charities in the country, is helping to furnish a new education area at the popular Blue Town Heritage Centre in Sheerness. […]

New Orchestra Strikes Fresh Chord For Bridge Trust

The Rochester Bridge Trust is sponsoring an innovative two-year programme to bring a wide range of young musicians, including DJs and MCs, together. Orchestra ONE, Orchestra of New Experiences, was officially launched at the historic charity’s Bridge Chamber, Rochester, on May 19. Kent Music, a music education charity, will be leading the programme, and will […]

Students Aim for Medway Boat Race Honours

Students are getting ready to renew their sporting rivalry, as they prepare for the fifth annual Universities at Medway Boat Race which begins at 10am on Saturday, 14 May. Once again the event is being sponsored by The Rochester Bridge Trust, joined this year by the Chatham Maritime Trust and Southern Water. The trophies and […]

WARDENS RESEARCH NEW BRIDGE TESTING TECHNIQUES

Representatives of Rochester Bridge Trust were introduced to the latest technology and their applications in assessing the structural health of bridges when they visited the department of Civil Engineering at the University of Greenwich at Medway. Professor Amir Alani, who holds the Bridge Wardens’ Chair in Bridge and Tunnel Engineering, demonstrated how computerised mapping – […]

Young Engineers Rise to Bridge Challenge

“Take some string, four drawing pins, two lengths of dowel, three short paper sticks, a few pieces of card, and some paper. You have just 45 minutes to construct a load-bearing bridge.” That was the challenge facing youngsters competing in the annual Bridge Building Competition sponsored by Rochester Bridge Trust at the Royal Engineers Museum, […]

MAIDSTONE STUDENT IS A PICTURE OF SUCCESS

A student at Maidstone Girls Grammar School is celebrating her success in winning this year’s Bridge Wardens’ Art Prize. The competition, which is run by the Rochester Bridge Trust, saw Isabelle Lush take the top prize with her entry on the theme of ‘Crossing the Medway’. Isabelle’s portrayal of Maidstone Bridge at night took the […]

Young Bridge Builders Will Be Put to the Test

Pupils from ten primary schools will be discovering the engineering techniques used by bridge builders through the ages and putting their own skills to the test at the Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham, on Wednesday, March 16. After a series of introductions to the challenges faced in bridge construction, the young students will take part in […]

Trust Helps Pupils Tackle Bridge Challenges

Youngsters at Harenc School, Sidcup, have been learning about bridges and rivers, and enjoying the advantages of an interactive whiteboard in their classroom, thanks to a community grant from the Rochester Bridge Trust. Year Six pupils have been discovering how engineers manage the stresses and strains of river bridges and are putting their own talents […]

Green Shoots of Recovery for Young People at Risk

A Rochester Bridge Trust community grant is helping a leading Kent charity to support young adults at risk by improving their quality of life at one of its residential centres. Last year Rochester Bridge Trust, one of the oldest charities in the country, made a £3,000 community grant to the Kenward Trust to assist with […]

Young Finalists Compete for Bridge Wardens Art Prizes

Eleven of Kent and Medway’s young artists have been selected as finalists for the Bridge Wardens’ Art Prize 2011. Their work, which includes photographs, collages, textiles and paintings, will be displayed in an on-line exhibition and at the Rochester Bridge Trust headquarters on The Esplanade during two Bridge Chapel Open Days. The Bridge Chapel will […]

New Festive Bridge Displays Light up Christmas

A stunning display of more than 4,500 new blue and white Christmas lights is adding to the festive spirit for thousands of people crossing the River Medway at Rochester. Rochester Bridge Trust, which has provided bridges across the Medway at no cost to the public since the late 14th century, has installed new lighting this […]

Commemoration Service in Bridge Chapel

On 2nd November, All Souls Day, the ancient Rochester Bridge Chapel was used once again for its original purpose, when a service was held to commemorate the founders and benefactors of the Rochester Bridge Trust. In the winter of 1381 the river Medway froze. When the weather warmed, the much repaired Roman bridge was finally […]

Bridge Repairs Completed Ten Weeks Ahead of Schedule

An £800,000 project to repair and refurbish the cast iron balustrade and relay the footway over the 150-metre Rochester Old Bridge has been completed 10 weeks ahead of schedule. The bridge engineer Mott MacDonald and Jackson Civil Engineering worked closely with the historic Rochester Bridge Trust, which for centuries has provided crossings over the River […]

Trust Seeks New Bridge Engineer

The Rochester Bridge Trust will shortly be considering tenders from consultancies keen to act as its Bridge Engineer. The new Bridge Engineer will be following in the footsteps of such famous engineers as Sir William Cubitt, Thomas Telford, and Henry Yevele – the medieval architect of London Bridge and Westminster Abbey. The Bridge Engineer is […]

Trust Invests in New Look for Old Bridge Balustrade

The Rochester Bridge Trust, which owns and maintains the A2 crossings across the River Medway, has announced that it will be carrying out major maintenance to the Old Bridge balustrade that will involve closing the pedestrian access to the Old Bridge from 5 April 2010 to allow the work to take place safely. The project […]

Prayers Answered with Restoration of St Margaret’s, Rainham

Parishioners at St Margaret’s Church in Rainham are praising more than the Lord with the restoration of the 15th century church’s ceiling, completed thanks to a grant from Kent charity the Rochester Bridge Trust. St. Margaret’s Church has been a place of worship for more than a millennium, with evidence of a church on the […]

Changing of the Guard for the Rochester Bridges

The old and new bridges at Rochester are now in the safe hands of new Bridge Maintenance Manager Lee Hughes following the retirement of 14-year veteran caretaker Eric Clive in November. The Bridge Maintenance Manager, formerly known as the Bridge Caretaker, is responsible for the old and new bridges at Rochester, which are owned and […]

30 Years’ Dedication to the Community Recognised

Gillingham resident Paul Harriott will shortly be celebrating 30 years of service to the Rochester Bridge Trust. The approach of this impressive milestone was marked by a special lunch at the Bridge Chamber in November, attended by members of Paul’s family. His colleagues on the Trust presented him with a framed print of the medieval […]

The Rochester Bridge Trust Opens for Heritage Open Days

The Rochester Bridge Trust will be participating in this year’s Heritage Open Days from Thursday, 10th September - Sunday, 13th September inclusive. The charity’s offices, known as the Bridge Chamber,… read more →

Medway Tunnel Transfer Notice

The Wardens and Assistants of Rochester Bridge in the County of Kent “The Rochester Bridge Trust” Registered Charity No. 207100 Charities Act 1993 & Medway Tunnel Act 1990 The Rochester… read more →

Public Opinion Sought on Medway Tunnel Transfer

Local charity The Rochester Bridge Trust is consulting on the proposed transfer of the Medway Tunnel to Medway Council, under the Medway Tunnel Act 1990. Senior Bridge Warden Dr. Anne… read more →

Bridge Clerk Issues Update on Medway Tunnel

“Recent stories in the local press are yet more scaremongering," says the Bridge Clerk, Mrs. Sue Threader. "As The Rochester Bridge Trust is a charity and as it is the… read more →

Riverbed Survey Shows Medieval Bridge

The Rochester Bridge Trust has just received the report of a riverbed survey carried out last autumn in the Medway around Rochester Bridge. The survey was conducted by the Hydrographic… read more →

Local Charity Give £10,000 Cheque to Museum

Local Kent-based charity The Rochester Bridge Trust has donated £10,000 towards the redevelopment of the Model Bridge Galleries at the Royal Engineers Museum. "The Rochester Bridge Trust is a strong… read more →

Universities at Medway Boat Race

Students are getting ready to renew their sporting rivalry as they prepare for the third annual Universities at Medway Boat Race, and once again the event is being sponsored by… read more →

Rochester Bridge Trust Sponsors University Professorship

The Rochester Bridge Trust is to sponsor a new professorship at the University of Greenwich at Medway, providing more than £250,000 of funding over three years. Dr Amir Alani, an… read more →

Roman Jar finds a Home

The Rochester Bridge Trust has donated a Roman jar to the Guildhall Museum, where it will be displayed for the local community to view. Originally discovered in 1968 during construction… read more →

Rochester Bridge Lions Given a New Lease of Life

The bronze lions which guard the approaches to the Old Bridge across the Medway at Rochester are shrouded in tents as the Rochester Bridge Trust restores them to their former… read more →

Trust to Sell Medway Tunnel to Council

The Rochester Bridge Trust, a charitable trust that exists to maintain the bridges and serve the local people of Medway, will soon sell the Medway Tunnel to the Medway Council for £1, following a request from the Council, to simplify and clarify the management of the tunnel. The Trust, a charitable organisation that exists to […]

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