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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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